I’ve been scouring through pie recipes looking for something great to take to our church Pie and Praise Fellowship Tuesday night. The possibilities are endless, but the success rate on some of them looks doubtful.
So many ingredients!
So many steps!
But there’s one thing I can take with me to that fellowship that is very simple – a heart of praise. Why? Because according to Psalm 103:
- Bless the Lord – There’s only one Person Who deserves my praise – it’s my God! I may struggle over which pie to make, but I can never wonder Who deserves my gratitude – it’s my wonderful God! To “bless the Lord” is to give Him praise. This phrase comes with a heart of affection and a sense of gratitude. There is none else who deserves my thanks and praise but the Lord!
- O my soul – My mind and heart are all in when I’m praising God! Some of these instructions in the pie recipes are confusing and so complex! Failure seems inevitable! I’ll never go wrong praising the Lord! To bless the Lord with my soul is to use my mind and heart, my emotions and my will. All I have to consider is how great He is, and it comes so readily! My soul was made to have fellowship with God, to enjoy His favor and consider His attributes. I was made to praise the Lord and I will praise Him with my soul!
- And all that is within me, bless His holy name. I can give praise with my whole being. While I could keep back a piece of the pie I’m baking and savor it myself (which is tempting sometimes!) to bless God’s name with all that is within me is to praise Him with all my faculties, all my heart, all my will, all my emotions and all my affection. God is worthy of all the praise that I can give Him with my whole being! I will be “all in!”
My pie probably won’t win a prize, but I pray that my praise will be a beautiful delight to my God. He alone is worthy. So I say, Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
I trust you’re preparing your praise to God even more than you’re preparing the food you’ll enjoy on Thursday!
This hideously adorable donkey lives on a farm about an hour from us. We have affectionately named him “Lester.” Lester is very jealous of the other animals on the farm. How do I know? If visitors gather to pay homage to the lovely peacock, or ooo and ahhh over the long neck of the ostrich who lives there, he will begin his very loud and obnoxious,
It’s really comical to hear him. Not only is his noise hilarious, his mouth and ears look quite funny when he’s going off on his rampage!
While listening to Lester, I turned to my husband and said, “I’m sure thankful I can sing! Wouldn’t it be terrible to open your mouth and sound like that?!”
The next day as I sat to have my quiet time, I read Psalm 145. I was moved at how many times it talks of using my mouth to praise the Lord. Words like, extol, bless, praise, speak and utter were all reminders that God wants me to use my voice for His glory. I must praise Him with speech and song. I must tell others of His goodness by the use of my voice. However, I often neglect the chance to speak up! I remain silent, or I don’t give honor belonging only to the Lord.
- Even little things like praising Him like when someone passes and says, “It’s a pretty day, isn’t it?” needs to be followed with, “Yes, and I thank the Lord for making it.” Anything else would be like Lester’s “Hee-Haw!“
- At testimony time at church, if I fail to stand and praise Him for prayer He’s answered, I’m belting out “Hee-Haw” instead.
- When the opportunity to share the Gospel is given and I am too afraid to share it, my lips are uttering ol’ Lester’s ugly “Hee-Haw!” greetings instead of the Truth that will set that person free!
- To miss the opportunity to pray my thanks for a meal, for God’s comfort, His presence, for answered prayer, or for provision is to selfishly call attention to myself rather than my great God. Hee-Haw!
- “Hee-haw!” is what I’m really saying if I’m not singing with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs and making melody in my heart during the song service at church.
We all have a voice, given by the Lord. Are you using yours to praise the Lord, or do the sounds that come from your lips resemble Lester? Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord!
With praise to Him,