Devotionals Daily: A Year with Jesus – December 19

Devotionals Daily: A Year with Jesus

From One Year Devotional Prayer Book, Volume II by Johnny Hunt

Praise is an essential part of the Christian life. It is something we are to practice despite our circumstances, because we have a secure, eternal inheritance and a promise that everything we experience in life works for our benefit (Romans 8:28). Thus, we praise! God is worthy of all our adoration. We express it with our voices—singing to Him and sharing His praise with others so they may also know His greatness. We express it with our actions—a life lived in obedience to the Lord is a life of worship.

One of the few constants in life is that every possession we have will be gone or left behind someday. People we are close to will leave earth, and some will disappoint us. We know this, but we often still trust in people more than we trust in the Lord. The One who is worthy of our complete trust is the Lord God. He never changes. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). His plans are always best. His purposes are the most vital. His love is unchanging. He will never leave us or let us down. When we praise Him, we are constantly reminded of His faithfulness. Praise fuels faith.

A figure of speech used to express admiration for people is “singing their praises.” It is appropriate to encourage one another, but the One whose praises we are to sing is our worthy and great God.

©One Year Devo Prayer Book 2010 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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