Week 52 Delight Him With Praise!

By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger)

Week 52

Scripture Readings: Psalms 149-150

Key Scripture Verses: Psalm 150:6 (NIV, Life Application Bible) “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.”

The Book of Psalms ends with these two psalms that call the reader to “Praise the Lord.”

Faithful Christians have much to praise God for, “for the Lord takes delight in his people.” He made us. He loves us. He sustains us.

The psalmist tells us how God loves to hear our voices in song and our worship with music and tells us several ways to praise him:

Praise him in his sanctuary and in the heavens.

Praise him for his power and his greatness.

Praise him in song.

Praise him with dancing.

Praise him by sounding the trumpet, playing the harp and lyre. Praise him with cymbals, string instruments, and pipes.

Make a “joyful noise” in praise of the God of love. He will delight in our worship!

Praise the Lord for all that he is and all that he does.

Praise the Lord!

 

 

 

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 for “expectant hope.” 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, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. 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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