Margaret J. Harris, 19th Century

Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 1:5b & 6

Doesn't that passage just make you want to sing praise to God? Whether those words instill in you a desire to fall on your knees in worship, lift your hands and your heart toward Him in praise, or simply whisper a prayer of thanks for what He has done, hearing what Christ has done for us and simply knowing Who He is should fill us with praise!

An attitude of happiness in life is a matter of our will. Abraham Lincoln once stated that "most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be." Closely related to a Christian's happiness is the determination to live a life of praise to God. The goal of every believer should be the overflowing of praise, regardless of the circumstances. Knowing God in Christ is the most compelling reason to have such a life. Each day is a new opportunity for offering a praise sacrifice to God. Instead of dwelling on the negatives of our lives, we should seek fresh reasons daily for praising our LORD.

Praise is our highest spiritual exercise. There is more said in the Scriptures about our praise life than even our times of prayer. In prayer it is possible to approach God out of selfish motives; in praise, we worship Him for Who He Himself is. Praise is also an encouragement to our fellow men-- "the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad" (Psalm 34:2). Weak hearts will be strengthened and trembling saints revived when they hear our testimonies of praise.

One of the most important times to sing praise to God is when we feel imprisoned by the circumstances of life. Like the experience of Paul and Silas in the Roman prison (Acts 16:24 & 25), it is amazing how prayer and praise open the heart-doors of our lives to new dimensions of opportunity and spiritual victory in Christ!

When I saw the cleansing fountain
Open wide for all my sin,
I obeyed the Spirit’s wooing,
When He said, “Wilt thou be clean?”

Though the way seems straight and narrow,
All I claimed was swept away;
My ambitions, plans and wishes,
At my feet in ashes lay.

Then God’s fire upon the altar
Of my heart was set aflame;
I shall never cease to praise Him
Glory, glory to His Name!

Blessèd be the Name of Jesus!
I’m so glad He took me in;
He’s forgiven my transgressions,
He has cleansed my heart from sin.

Glory, glory to the Father!
Glory, glory to the Son!
Glory, glory to the Spirit!
Glory to the Three in One!

I will praise Him! I will praise Him!
Praise the Lamb for sinners slain;
Give Him glory, all ye people,
For His blood can wash away each stain.

*For Today*: Psalm 34:1, 86:12, 145:2; Romans 11:36; I Timothy 1:17

Begin searching your life for fresh reasons to rejoice and sing praise to God. If you can't find any there, search the Scriptures!!

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Portions taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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