PTL!

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"Praise the Lord," should be the natural response of our hearts to God’s greatness. When we think on who God is and all that He’s done our knees should bow and our praise should rise!

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, LORD. Psalm 89:15

Atrophibulation is part of my husband’s health journey. It requires daily pills and an occasional trip to the ER to put his heart back in rhythm. After one of those hospital runs I texted our then high-school aged daughter Melanie something to the effect that dad’s heart is back in rhythm. PTL!

There she stood stumped. Phone in hand, encircled by other friends who text and tweet, they were all clueless to what PTL means. Please Talk Later? After school when we shared the same roof again, I translated for the next generation. It’s Praise The Lord!

Praise the Lord should be the natural response of our hearts to God’s greatness. When we think on who God is and all that He’s done our knees should bow and our praise should rise!

The Psalmist urges us to praise him for his acts of power, praise him for his surpassing greatness (Psalm 150:2). Restrict your thoughts of God’s power and greatness within Moses’ lifespan alone.

He was miraculously rescued from the Nile as a baby, stood on holy ground before a burning bush that didn’t burn up, and stood before Pharaoh as God demonstrated His power through plagues. Moses stood hand stretched for the miraculous parting of the Red Sea, and hands full with two tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God. He talked with God, fellowshipped with Him, and saw Him as a consuming fire, yet by grace he was not destroyed (Exodus 24:9-17).

After witnessing all of this power, plus more, Moses said that God had only begun to show him His greatness and strong hand. He’d only seen the very beginnings of the wonderful things God was going to do for His people. He longed to see more, but couldn’t. Because he had angered God by striking the rock instead of speaking to it, Moses’ request to see more was not granted. Yet to his last breath, he praised Him!

Before his death he sang, I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! (Deuteronomy 32:3) Praise the Lord! It makes much of God and less of us.

In the newness of this year, look back and praise the Lord, look at today’s reality and praise the Lord, and look ahead by faith and praise the Lord. Begin now.

When God’s people freely choose to respond in worship and praise, God is glorified to the maximum. -Chuck Swindoll

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