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Songs of Praise: Psalm 144-145

We continue in the Psalms today with Pslam 144-145. (Click on the link to read the Scripture.)

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

Psalm 145: 21

Yesterday I gave the challenge to refrain from complaining to others and vent vertically. Tell God your situation, your feelings, the trouble of your circumstance.

Today’s reading reveals to us what words should be on our lips, spoken out loud to those who hear even if the only one listening is ourselves.

…blessed be the Lord, my Rock

…I will sing a new song to you, O God;

…I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.

…All your works shall give thanks to you, O God.

Throughout the reading of Psalms we see the writers venting vertically and then claiming God’s truth over their lives. Telling God our troubles most often softens our hearts and leads us back to the reality of who God is and what He is doing in our lives.

Continue the challenge today and once you’ve poured out your complaint before Him, praise Him.

Lord, with Your praise on my lips, fill me with confidence in who You are!

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Songs of Praise: Psalm 142-143

This is our last week in Psalms. Read Psalm 142-143 today. (Click on the link if you do not have your Bible handy.)

With my voice I cry out to the Lord;
with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.
I pour out my complaint before him;
I tell my trouble before him.

Psalm 142:1-2

Joyce Myers said, Complain and remain. Praise and be raised.

It is easy to fall into the complain game. We get frustrated and want to tell our trouble to someone. By the end of the matter, we haven’t improved our own attitude and probably effected the one we shared with as well.

The writer understood the value in venting vertically, as Carol once said to me. He was not pouring out his complaint to just anyone. He knew where to go with his trouble. He cried out to the only One who would or could offer mercy and help.

Let me challenge you this week. Be diligently aware of your complaining and trouble sharing. Instead of spreading it to others why not look up and give it straight to God.

You won’t offend God with your trouble. He’s a big God and He can take it.

(He already knows it anyway.)

Father God, remind me to bring all my complaints to You first. Open my heart to Your guidance and direction. You alone are the One who can help me. Keep me from disturbing the peace of others with my own unrest.

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