Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Psalm 96 says, "Sing a new song to the LORD!  Let the whole earth sing to the LORD!  Sing to the LORD; praise his name.  Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.  Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.  Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.  Great is the LORD!  He is most worthy of praise!"

…"Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.  Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.  Great is the LORD!  He is most worthy of praise!"

So…"publish" and "tell" is what God asks of us.  When he does something amazing and glorious…share it!

So, tell I must…God has been amazing me now for 54 years!
Recently, I have begun walking 30 minutes each day.  At first, I memorized Scripture as I walked.  Then, after our pastor preached a sermon on "Praise," I began spending that 30 minutes praising God for Who He is and for all He has done.  These 30 minutes of my day have become a refreshing to my soul and spirit.  Psalm 22:3 tells us that "God inhabits the praises of His people."  Our pastor said, "Praise is God’s address!" He went on further to tell us that if we would just begin to praise God, many of us would see miracles happen in our lives…and many would become well as a result of making a habit of praising God.

I immediately began noticing a change in my attitude…in my outlook on life.  If you listen to the news and to people talking about what’s going on in the world, it’s easy to become pessimistic, gloomy, and depressed.  After my first 30-minute "praise walk," it was very apparent how happy I had become.  As I walked and thanked God for all He has done for me…as I thanked Him for all the beautiful answers to prayer He has given me…and even as I was able to thank Him for prayers He answered with a "No," I became totally amazed at what an awesome God He is!
During my first walk, God showed me two particular prayers I had fervently asked Him to answer how I wanted Him to answer.  God very clearly showed me how much better it has been for all involved that He answered them, "No!"  It startled me how happy I was to have gotten a "no" from Him!  I began to look back and see many more "no’s" that I was thankful for from the past.  I praised God for His great wisdom.

Over 54 years with my Savior, I have filled numerous prayer journals with prayer requests and God’s answers to those prayers.  I will not go back over them all, but I want to recount just a few from the journal I began in January, 2017:

·        Two financial needs I asked God to provide for me.  ANSWER:  God supplied both needs by taking the needs completely away and providing in another way!

·        I asked God to guide me in another financial decision that was very difficult for me to make.  ANSWER:  Within the week, God took away two financial responsibilities I had, giving me a direct answer of what to do.

·       A ten-year-long prayer for a loved one.  ANSWER:  Out of the blue one day, the answer came dramatically and was answered in a way that gave me GREAT joy.

·         A decades-long prayer for a loved one to return to a life of loving and serving God.  ANSWER:  I received word one day that one of their children came to salvation when a neighbor invited them to church…which led to the renewal of this loved one’s commitment to Christ.  The entire family is now loving and serving God with great delight!

·         Prayer for a friend diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.  ANSWER:  Surgery revealed it to be not what the Dr. thought, but was easily treated and removed.

·       Prayer for a baby born with severe birth defects and not expected to live long.  ANSWER:  This child now prospers in every physical way!  This is a true miracle!

·         I prayed for 9 years for a good husband for a sweet family friend.  ANSWER:  She recently married, and when I got to the wedding, I discovered she was marrying the brother of a good friend of mine!
·       Two family members in dire health situations.  ANSWER:  God spared both lives!

·        A sweet friend’s mother had a life-threatening surgery.  ANSWER:  She came through the surgery beautifully!  At the last minute, doctors discovered a situation that would have killed her during the surgery, but God intervened before the surgery.

·       A friend was discovered to have a rare and life-threatening liver disease.  ANSWER:  Upon being sent to a specialist, our friend was told the other Dr. had amazingly discovered his disease in time so that it could be treated!

·       A 5-year-long prayer for a dear young friend a godly husband.  ANSWER:  She’s getting married in June!

·       A 2-year prayer for a loved one with a spot on his lung and a bad cough that needed to be treated, but he was worried about his wife getting her pacemaker put in and those bills paid for first.  ANSWER:  He recently went in for an x-ray and was told, “That spot is gone!  All we can figure is you must have inhaled something and coughed it out!”  And, his wife is doing great as well!  I can’t even begin to tell you how happy this has made me!

·       Continued prayers for our nation and the loss of religious freedoms.  ANSWER:  I was so happy to see the President the other day sign legislation reversing that trend in our country!

·         A 4-year prayer concerning ongoing bullying.  ANSWER:  God so kindly took me out of that situation, taught me huge insights into bullying and how to deal with a bullying person.  Praise God!  He has taken fear from me and restored the joy of my salvation!  God showed me how to forgive and even pity and pray for this person. 

·        I have been praying for my children and God’s provision for them.  ANSWER:  God has been so very gracious to give my children good jobs, where they are appreciated and thriving.  God continues to bless and honor their work.

In a word of encouragement for those of us who pray for God to work in the lives of our children and grandchildren, I was fascinated by a quote our pastor gave us last Sunday:  J. C. Ryle, a Bishop from Liverpool in the 1800's, said, "The children for whom many prayers have been offered, seldom finally perish."  I love that, don't you?

I have written several other posts about prayer, but tonight as I was reading in Psalms, I knew God intended for me to "do" what He tells us to do in Psalms 96:1-4…to proclaim the good news that he saves; to publish his glorious deeds; and to tell everyone about the amazing things he does.

The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:31 to boast in the Lord…we are to give glory to God by proclaiming His goodness. 

How about you?  Will you begin boasting in the Lord…praising Him for His goodness to you?  Praising Him for Who He is and for all He has done?  By "Telling everyone about the amazing things he does"?

I will make you a promise:  You cannot continually praise God and be depressed.  You can’t praise God and not be changed…and that for the better!  If you need a “lift” today, just spend some time being thankful to God.  You will find yourself cultivating a relationship with your Savior that you will look forward to with all your heart!  I don’t enjoy walking, but I absolutely look forward to it now that I spend it praising God and having my spirits rejuvenated!  It’s like a daily “facelift!”  I love it!!!

"Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.  I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands."  Psalms 63:3-4

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