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.



By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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