Declaring His Praise

   I will extol the LORD with all my heart        in the council of the upright and in the assembly.    Great are the works of the LORD;        they are pondered by all who delight in them.    Glorious and majestic are his deeds,        and his righteousness endures forever.    He has caused his wonders to be remembered;        the LORD is gracious and compassionate.    He provides food for those who fear him;        he remembers his covenant forever.    He has shown his people the power of his works,        giving them the lands of other nations.    The works of his hands are faithful and just;        all his precepts are trustworthy.    They are steadfast for ever and ever,        done in faithfulness and uprightness.    He provided redemption for his people;        he ordained his covenant forever—        holy and awesome is his name.   The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;        all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
       To him belongs eternal praise.
Psalm 111 (NIV)

Yesterday morning, I sat at my kitchen table and I experienced such delight through Psalm 111.  First I read it to myself and really mediated on the words.  Then, I read it out loud—I have found that there is such power in reading aloud the word of God.  Lastly, I turned it into a prayer and prayed the words aloud.  When we turn God’s Word into prayers, it becomes personal and real.

As I sat there are really meditated and focused on this one Psalm praising the Lord, I was filled with joy and I experienced His presence in a very real way. 
My prayer is that as we continue to love the Lord through our praises, He will be so near.

Lord, I long to praise you with all of my heart.  Your works are so great; they are pondered by all who delight in them.  Your deeds are so glorious and majestic, and your righteousness endures forever. You have caused your wonders to be remembered; you are so gracious and compassionate.

Lord, You provide food for those who fear you; and you remember your covenant forever.  How I thank you that you have shown us the power of your works, by giving your people the land of other nations. 

I praise you because all the works of your hands are faithful and just; all your precepts are trustworthy.  Your works and your precepts are steadfast for ever and ever, and are faithful and upright.

I praise you for the redemption you provided for your people; thank you that you ordained your covenant forever—how holy and awesome is your name!  Lord, I praise you that when we fear, revere, and acknowledge you, we begin to see a glimpse of what the beginning of wisdom is.  Lord, I want to be a woman who reveres your name. 

Thank you that those who follow your precepts have good understanding—I pray that my heart will delight in your precepts.  Lord, you are worthy of praise!  I pray that my heart will never stop worshiping you for who you are.

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