October 30, Praise Him

Today’s reading: Psalms 146-150

“Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals” - Psalm 150:3-5.

The book of Psalms ends with an entry that is entirely devoted to praising the Lord. After all the topics that included questions, agony, joy, questions, answers, issues, and other challenges of life, the psalmist ends it as is fitting: with a call to worship! Like the psalmist, your life is full of surprises, pain, happiness, good and bad relationships, bad and good bosses, children who please or disappoint you, financial gain and loss, and circumstances for which there is no answer or solution. What do you do with all that? You focus on the One who changes not and you praise Him — not to get what you want as a manipulative practice, but as an expression of love and adoration for the one being in your life who is consistent, faithful and loving. When Daniel tried to figure out what all his visions meant, he wrote this: “I, Daniel, was worn out. I lay exhausted for several days. Then I got up and went about the king’s business. I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding” (Daniel 8:27). Daniel could not understand, so he learned to live with his limitations and went back to work. Are you trying to figure out the why’s of life? Perhaps it’s time to stop, live with it, and praise the Lord. Lord, help me to know my limitations. There are some things I want to understand but cannot, so I need to accept that and focus on those things that I can comprehend.

 

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