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Praise the Lord!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Psalm 150:1-6

"Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD"

It is amazing that David uses the word "praise" eleven times in this final chapter in the book of Psalms. I think we all are way behind in the matter of praise. We are to praise the Lord at all times and for all things. There may be times when we are not sure why we should praise, but since we are commanded to praise, that is precisely what we are to do!

As I look at the date on this Daily-E-Votional, I am reminded of a reason for our family to praise the Lord. It was six years ago on this date that our youngest daughter, Lori, received a kidney transplant. It was a gift of life and worthy of our praise. But that is only half of the story.

Our oldest daughter, Brenda, went to be with the Lord in 1991. When a search was made for someone to donate a kidney for Lori, It was Brenda's daughter, Jenna, who became her donor. Praise the Lord that He designed our bodies with two kidneys so that a donor can give up a kidney and still live a normal life.

The doctor who removed Jenna's kidney came out to tell us that it was the best kidney removal he had performed, and that it was a perfect kidney. Since that time Jenna and Lori have enjoyed a delightful exchange about where the kidney was most at home.

As my mind reflects back to those days of uncertainty, I am so glad that the Lord has given us a spirit of praise. There was a good result from the transplant that we could rejoice about, but what if things had gone wrong? In 1991 when our dear Brenda slipped into the arms of Jesus, we praised the Lord.

Praise is always a choice. The choice is not based upon the circumstances, but it is directed toward a loving God who loved us so much that He sent His own dear Son, Jesus to give us new live---eternal life! Jesus offers us the ultimate transplant---a new spiritual heart! Oh, how glad I am for that transplant! PRAISE THE LORD!

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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