Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Learning to Praise Him


Psalm 42:11 (King James Version)
11Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Yes, I will praise Him, the Source of my mental health, the Healer of my body, and Restorer of my life. I will praise Him, who changes my attitudes, the look on my face, and the secret thoughts and intentions of my heart.

I praise You Father, for:
all the good you did in my life today that I saw and didn't see. Thankyou for the blessings that are so visible, like yellow sunflowers, red raspberries, delicate honey bees, and wispy thistledown on wind. But I also thankyou for the invisible blessings of today, like angels to guard and protect my children, safety from harm that never occured, and deliverance from sickness that can't even get close to us.
Thankyou for all the things I heard and didn't hear. For late night conversations, filled with plans and visions for the future. For children singing nearby. Thanyou for the sound of water against windows. But also, thankyou for no bad news today; no arguing; no words to tear down the bridges we are building in this family.
Thankyou for feelings: that this world is so real, and poignant, and sometimes painful. Not that I am thankful for pain, but for the ability today to experience joy, and amazement, yet also to cry and release frustration when neccessary. Thankyou for the opportunities to enfold a loved one in my arms, but also for the times to be alone, locked away with You in prayer. Thankyou for change, for seasons, for contrast. Thankyou for sameness, predictability, routine!
Thankyou that I see you all around me, even when I know I've turned my back to you, you've never turned your back to me.
Thankyou for this day.

Psalm 42
1As the deer panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
2My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
3My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
4When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
5Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
6O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
7Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterfalls: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
8Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
9I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
10As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?
11Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

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