The Breath of Praise
Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 149-150
Key verse: Psalm 150:6
“Don’t waste your breath!”
Have you ever said that to anyone?
Usually, we say it half in warning; half in exasperation – telling someone that he or she is wasting time trying to get a particular point across.
“Don’t waste your breath,” we say as we shake our heads – “it won’t do any good.”
But you know – there is a kind of breath that can make a great deal of difference in our tired, old world: the breath of praise.
Here’s how the Psalmist put it several thousand years ago:
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!”
Can you imagine what a different world it would be if everyone – everything – that has breath spent it praising their Creator?
No more bitter arguments; no more self-absorbed complaining; no more hate-filled accusations; no more wailing in sorrow.
Instead, our breath would be spent lifting songs of praise to God.
It sounds almost ridiculous; a Pollyannaish view of some perfect world.
Yet, the Psalmist dared to believe that one day – by God’s grace – it could and would happen.
So, the next time you feel a little “out of breath” – consider this.
Could it be better spent with a word of gratitude; a prayer of thanksgiving; a small utterance of holy devotion?
Do that – and you may find that you – and others – are refreshed in a whole, new, wonderful way.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your gracious love; may my voice lift up praises to you, again and again. AMEN.