We Will Sing

I am very much inspired by music. I am not a musician, but God speaks to me through it just the same. About two months or so ago, I started writing down the songs I would wake up with; you know what I’m talking about, the worm hole sings, the ones that get stuck in your head. I only write down the part I’ve been singing and ask God to show me what he wants to tell me from the lyrics.

Yesterday, the song I was singing is Ever Be by Bethel. It’s the song that has been playing in the background. The chorus and bridge go like this:

Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips

Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lip

 You will be praised You will be praised

With angels and saints we sing worthy are You Lord

You will be praised You will be praised

With angels and saints we sing worthy are You Lord

 And it’s why I sing

Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips

Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips

Often, when we are in the midst of life; not necessarily bad, but even if it is, we need to remember to praise. That is our design, we have been designed to give God praise. It should forever be on our lips.

Psalm 148:1-14 says, “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the Lord.”

The psalms are full of these words, “praise the Lord”! It’s not something we just do when we get a good parking space at Wal-Mart or when a hurricane decides to turn at the last minute; it’s something we do when a person backs into our car at Walmart or we have two foot of water in our homes.

When we praise, not only does it bring joy to the Father, but it lifts us up, it renews us, it blesses us.

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You always want to tell people what you’re excited about. but what if you aren’t excited; what if your world seems very grim?

Shelena Griffith said, “One thing I learned going through a storm and that is, you can Praise God in the dark! If God makes light to shine out of darkness, well bless God, I can call forth light into my situation. I am the light of God. Praising Him is not determined by day or night. In whatever state I find myself in, I will continue to acknowledge Him. Then and only then, He will direct my path.”

 

My challenge to you, is to praise.

 

In the good times, praise; when things seem like they could get no worse, praise; when it’s just a normal day, praise.

 

You won’t regret it.

Just in case you don’t know the song, give it a listen.

Distracted By The Mundane

Do you ever have those days when you know you need to be doing something, but you are distracted by so many other things?  It seems no matter how many times you start, you are easily overtaken by something else. I remember back in the days before laptops and wifi, I was most distracted by the television. Oh not now!  Do you know how many fonts and graphics there are out there, or how many cool things there are to pin?  Just in case you didn’t know, there are tons of amazing websites to look at, with  equally amazing things to buy.  It is the Easily Distracted’s best and worst playground. Even right now, I want to click a different tab and look at some t-shirts that I think are cool and read an article I found.

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My distractions are taking me away from homework that I need to get done and from getting my blog posted in a timely manner; these things, though important, aren’t end of the world issues, but it did made me consider the other things that we don’t do because we let unimportant things get in our way.  Do you ever find yourself daydreaming? Have you ever thought, “I’m just going to check my social media real quick,” and some time later, you realize you’ve lost an hour, or two?  Have you ever went to the store to get a quick something only to leave several hours later?  We’ve all done it.  I like to call it task avoiding; you know you have something important to do, but you chose to be distracted by other things to avoid the task that really needs to get done.

Sometimes I feel like the queen.

I was reminded this morning of one of the first scriptures I memorized as a teen, that didn’t come from a Sunday School teacher.  

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” ~ I Corinthians 10:13

At the time, and probably into most of my adult life, I thought it was just for bad stuff.  You know, those of the “thou shall not” category, but it’s not.  There is such beauty in this scripture, such a lack of condemnation.  Let’s stop and think about this for a minute; the first sentence basically says that your temptation, your distraction, your test, is common.  You are not alone, others have this same issue.  That statement all by itself should bring you tremendous peace. (And causes Kari Jobe to start singing in  your head). For me, regardless of the issue, knowing that others have battled and won, gives me hope.

God Is Faithful

Then there is the next sentence. Cue clouds parting, sun shining, angels singing. Three little words that could change your life if you let them, “God is faithful.” Oh, yes He is. Those words required nothing after them to be the most pivotal words we could read, but because God is faithful, He allowed Paul to explain it to our doubting selves.

I have heard it said many times, “I don’t know if I can take any more of this,” or “God knows I can’t take this.”  He does know.  And at those times, when we think we are at the end of our rope, He may allow a little more, to stretch us.

Romans 5:3-5 says, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

God is making you strong, but if you are struggling and need a “tap out,” He has provided that too.  You see, Paul writes that with any temptation or testing, God provides a way out. I’m smiling right now at the beauty of this because it almost seems to easy; just call on Him. Carrie Underwood did a great job in reminding us that all we need to say is “Jesus take the wheel.” It’s that simple.

Stand on the promise that God is there for you, regardless of the temptation, regardless of the test.  He is there for you if you are struggling with eating a piece of candy or with something so monumental, your name would end up on the news.  Jesus has been there and understands your temptation.  Call out to Him and then listen.

Father, how awesome it is to know that you are there for us.  That you know everything that we could ever endure and you use it to grow us and to bring you glory.  Help us to remember that you are only a breath away when we are being tested and that you are so very faithful.  Help us to remember that nothing is too big or too small for you. We love you Lord and give all glory to you, in Jesus precious name, Amen.

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