Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 11-18-20

Praise God

A poetic song for thanksgiving

1 Lift up a great shout of joy to the Lord!
Go ahead and do it—everyone, everywhere!

2 As you serve him, be glad and worship him.
Sing your way into his presence with joy!

3 And realize what this really means—
we have the privilege of worshiping the Lord our God.
For he is our Creator and we belong to him.
We are the people of his pleasure!

I love the gift of laughter; in fact, holy laughter is like cascading and melodic joy. It is great to be around joyful people; it makes my soul want to sing, too! Never forget, the Lord created us to be joyful; our joy not only touches the lives of others it also gives God pleasure.

In our passage today, the psalmist reminds us of the privilege we have been offered to serve and worship God. Joy should be the fuel that stirs up gratitude within us; we should serve the Lord and our neighbors with gladness. Be the worshiper God created you to be, today. Be filled with cascading gratitude and joy and sing praises to him because you just can’t hold it back!

Prayer: Lord, I am so grateful for the privilege of worshiping you in the splendor of your holiness with joy. In Jesus name. Amen.

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