Week 52 Wednesday

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.


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