Week 24 Wednesday

A Life Full of Praise

Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 69-71

Key verses: Psalm 71:17-18

     Over the years I have come to appreciate the difference between religious people and people of faith.

     While it may seem like they are one and the same, in my experience, often they aren’t.  Religious piety and adherence to certain rituals can come and go – but people of faith are in it for the long run.  For them, it’s not a passing fad or something they turn to when they run out of other options.  It’s a way of life.  It is their life.

     Maybe that’s why David could write these words:

     “Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.  Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.”

     A life full of praise is something that feeds, guides, and sustains us through all the years; all the ups and downs; all the twists and turns of our journey.

     And, it is something that we not only experience ourselves, but somehow it is something we pass on to those who will come after us, on their own journey with and to God.

     Prayer is not just a bunch of prescribed words designed to show our holy we are or a laundry list of things to do or things we want God to do for us.  It is an ongoing, never ending conversation with the One who is the source of our truest self.

     So don’t just “get religion.”

     Live a life full of praise.  And even when you are old and gray you will be young at heart – just beginning your walk with God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, show me how to walk with you, side by side, through all the years to come.  AMEN.



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