from Jan Ross
"Blessed be God, which hath not
turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me." (Psalm 66::20)
Praise first! The Psalmist is quick to
recognize that his prayers have been
heard and God's mercy has been provided. But, knowing all that,
matter of business is to give praise and glory to God; the
emphasis is not
on answered prayer, but on giving God the glory due His name!
What do we think of when we see a prayer
answered? If we're like most, our attention is immediately drawn
to the answer of our prayer and giving God the glory is not our
first priority. Unfortunately, if we don't see
answered prayer, praise is often far from our lips, or secondary
very best. This verse implies something quite different that we
carefully consider. Praise is first . . . regardless of the
outcome of the prayer. Praise should be continually on our lips,
long before we see the answer to our prayers! Praise should be a
way of life! Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, said,
"...for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am,
therewith to be content." (Phil. 4:11) Paul wasn't concerned
life's situations and circumstances. He understood the Psalmist's
statement in today's verse: "Blessed be God...." He
first praised God, a priority in his life!
Begin to praise God today for Who He is,
for what He has done, and for what He is doing! If He has answered
specific prayers for your, be sure to
acknowledge it, but praise Him first and foremost!
Don't allow your praise to be conditional,
but make it a priority in your
life, today and every day!
Father, I praise You! I bless Your Name
for Your Name is above every name that is in heaven or on the
earth! Your glory can be seen in all Your
works, there is none like You in all the earth! Father, I thank
answered prayer and for your unconditional mercy, but first, and
Lord, I give you praise. Be glorified, Lord, be glorified! Amen!
Have a blessed day!
Said I not unto thee, that, if
thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
Mary and Martha could not
understand what their Lord was doing. Both of them said to Him,
"Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not
died." Back of it all we seem to read their thought:
"Lord we do not understand why you have stayed away so long.
We do not understand how you could let death come to the man man
whom you loved. We do not understand how you could let sorrow and
suffering ravage our lives when your presence might have stayed it
all . Why did you not come? It is too late now, for already he has
been dead four days!"
Comment.... that is just like
us...our normal human thoughts are 'why weren't you there'.
From a child's point of view when there is a problem or crisis, we
depend on a parent or an adult figure to take care and make right
what is wrong. And, for the most part we can right what is wrong.
This brings a secure feeling and comfort to our troubled souls. I
am appreciative of the nature of the Holy Spirit that our Father
has left with us to comfort us in those troubles times...... but
what about Mary and Martha?????? They are confused as were others
about the whereabouts of Jesus ... Let's continue
..... And to it all Jesus had but one great truth: "
You may not understand; but I tell you if you believe, you will
Comment..... Yes, as we say
often....trust me, I will take care of it, or; it will be worked
out if you give it some time, I promise. Well, most often we are
convinced through faith in the person we believe in, will come
through for us. Mary and Martha had the faith, but couldn't
understand why Jesus would allow this to happen. Of course this in
turn is the same principal applied to our thinking here. We always
have a reason for why we tell our children no, or why it is better
to wait for a turn of events before proceeding. Yes...we see what
could be ahead of us in the instance. Jesus also knew what was
ahead and the reason He had to wait to bring about this
miracle of raising their brother from the dead. Oh... but how hard
it was..... Jesus, himself was not fond of this idea either. He
also had a troubled heart in having to wait.
Continuing ...... Abraham could
not understand why God should ask the sacrifice of the boy; but he
trusted. And he saw the glory of God in his restoration to his
love. Moses could not understand why God should keep him forty
years in the wilderness, but he trusted; and he saw when God
called him to lead forth Israel from bondage. Joseph could not
understand the cruelty of his brethren, the false witness of a
perfidious woman, and the long years of an unjust imprisonment;
but he trusted, and he saw at last the glory of God in it all.
Comment...... Isn't it hard to
wait even for a day for something we want... We see daily where we
are having to wait on someone or something. Our patience wears
virtuously thin! I can't even begin to share with you how really
thin it it in most everyones life. We go from having to wait in
traffic jams in major cities to waiting on a doctor in an over
crowded waiting room or emergency room, to a simple waiting in a
checkout line at a local super market! Wow!!!!!!! Then there are
the long waits on medical test to see if you have a dreaded
disease/cure remedy for it. Patience is certainly a virtue. We
should always pray for God to guide us continuously in our
endeavor with patience. I want you to think about these men
mentioned above and imagined what they must have been dealing
with......could you have done it?
Continuing ....... Joseph could not understand the cruelty of his
brethren, the false witness of a perfidious woman, and the long
years of an unjust imprisonment; but he trusted, and he saw at
last the glory of God in it all.
Comment....... Could you allow
yourself to be wrongly imprisoned? .....and how would you spend
your time there? Now assuming that you see God's glory in this
situation....what if you had to continue on in the
Continuing ..... Jacob could not
understand the strange providence which permitted the same Joseph
to be torn from his father's love, but he saw the glory of God
when he looked into the face of that same Joseph as the viceroy of
a great king, and the preserver of his own life and the loves of a
And so, perhaps in your life. You
say, " I do not understand why God let my dear one be taken.
I do not understand why affliction has been permitted to smite me.
I do not understand the devious paths by which the Lord is leading
me. I do not understand why plans and purposes that seem good to
my eyes should be baffled. I do not understand why blessings I so
much need are so long delayed." Friend, you do not have to
understand it all God's ways with you. God does not expect you to
understand, only believe. Some day you will see the glory of God
in the things which you do not understand. In conclusion here....
the important thing to remember here is that God is ETERNAL ! He
is the only source of belief in life! He has given us the Holy
Spirit to see us through in those times that are the hardest as
well as His promise that those who believe in him (God, Jesus,
Holy Spirit),and confess their sins will have eternal
life........is our hope.
Anything other is amiss. Whether you believe that there was
another world, another time period with other rulers, other
biblical entries....... there is no other God! There was a
beginning! Something far greater than you or I could imagine. Who
else could it have been?
Only God could have those powers?
You ask perhaps....who made God so great? Good question.... but I
would never go there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It all started with only
ONE ! Identity?
I choose The Creator.....God, the
We have a link at CWOW that I
think will give you a look at God's plan... why come with me to
read it......let's go here ......
May God walk beside you all
through the day :)