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11.18.18 – Praising Him in all things.

“I trust you, Lord, and I will trust in You!”

This is my heart today. No matter how things may seem, no matter how hard the challenge, I will trust in Him. I will rejoice and praise Him! I know that He is working, and that He goes before me, He is leading me, He is for me and not against me.

The Lord is showing me this morning that one of the greatest disciplines in life is praising Him in all things, all situations that we go through. He has been teaching me and reminding me to do that.

I came to Psalm 9 this morning and it encouraged me, and reminded me that I am to rejoice in the Lord in all things. I will remember what He has done, and thank Him for what He is doing, and what He will do. This is from The Passion Translation, which I like reading from time to time, going to just share the whole passage:

For the Pure and Shining One
To the tune of “The Secrets of the Son,by King David

Lord, I will worship you with extended hands
    as my whole heart explodes with praise!
    I will tell everyone everywhere about your wonderful works
    and how your marvelous miracles exceed expectations!
I will jump for joy and shout in triumph
    as I sing your song and make music for the Most High God.
For when you appear, I worship
    while all of my enemies run in retreat.
    They stumble and perish before your presence.
For you have stood up for my cause
    and vindicated me when I needed you the most.
    From your righteous throne you have given me justice.
With a blast of your rebuke nations are destroyed.
    You obliterated their names forever and ever.
The Lord thundered and our enemies have been cut off,
    vanished in everlasting ruins.
    All their cities have been destroyed—
    even the memory of them has been erased.
But the Lord of eternity, our mighty God, lives and reigns forever!
    He sits enthroned as King ready to render his verdicts
    and judge all with righteousness.
He will issue his decrees of judgment,
    deciding what is right for the entire world,
    dispensing justice to all.
All who are oppressed may come to you as a
    shelter in the time of trouble, a perfect hiding place.
May everyone who knows your mercy
    keep putting their trust in you,
    for they can count on you for help no matter what.
    O Lord, you will never, no never, neglect those
    who come to you.
Listen, everyone! Sing out your praises to the God
    who lives and rules within Zion!
    Tell the world about all the miracles he has done!
He tracks down killers and avenges bloodshed,
    but he will never forget the ones forgotten by others,
    hearing every one of their cries for justice.
So now, O Lord, don’t forget me.
    Have mercy on me.
    Take note of how I’ve been humiliated
    at the hands of those who hate me.
    Bring me back again from the brink, from the very gates of death.
Save me! Bring me to the spiritual gates of Zion
    so I can bring you the shout of praise you deserve.
For the godless nations get trapped
    in the very snares they set for others.
The hidden trap they set for the weak
    has snapped shut upon themselves—guilty!
The Lord is famous for this: his justice will punish the wicked.
    While they are digging a pit for others,
    they are actually setting the terms for their own judgment.
    They will fall into their own pit.
Consider the truth of this and pause in his presence
Don’t forget this: all the wicked will one day
    fall into the darkness of death’s domain and remain there,
    including the nations that forget God and reject his ways.
He will not ignore forever all the needs of the poor,
    for those in need shall not always be crushed.
    Their hopes shall be fulfilled, for God sees it all!
Lord, won’t you now arise to judge and
    punish the nations who defy you?
    Aren’t you fed up with their rebellion?
Make them tremble in fear before your presence.
    Place a lawgiver over them.
    Make them know that they are only puny, frail humans
    who must give account to you!

Thank you for this powerful reminder, Lord!

–Heather

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