The Transforming Power of Observing Dawn and Dusk

I often drove my kids to school when they were young. Through the years we developed particular rhythms, habits, and traditions. One tradition that remained throughout elementary, middle, and high school years was the quotation of this Scripture: “From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭113:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬ There are few things more beautiful and majestic than dawn and dusk. They happen every day, but we often take them for granted. We often plow through our daily and weekly schedules without… Read More

Praise is Not Merely Your Gift to God; Praise is God’s Gift to You

Praise is a choice, not a feeling. It’s easy to associate emotions with praise, because praise ushers into your life the manifest presence of God, which often prompts deep feelings of gratitude and joy.  Praise, however, is not limited by how I feel. In fact, my choice to praise God when I don’t feel like it may be the strongest praise I can offer to God – it says, “Father, You are worthy of praise and I choose to give you praise in spite of my circumstances or feelings.” My worship of… Read More

Songs from the Prison Cell

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, ‭‭Acts‬ ‭16:25‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Many believers have wrong assumptions of what it means to praise and worship God. They assume: Praise and worship is something you do only at church.  Praise and worship is something you do only when things are going well in life.  Praise and worship is something for people who are musically inclined.  Paul and Silas understood that worship and praise, combined with prayer, are powerful forces that pierce spiritual darkness,… Read More

My Praise

I praise You, oh Lord.  Your goodness exceeds my worthiness.  Your hand has brought me both protection and provision. All that I have I owe to You.  You have given me a wife whose beauty and strength inspire me. You have given me children who now give back to me as much love as I give to them.  You have been faithful. I have never lacked. In fact, I have always had abundance.  Your words comfort me. Your Spirit fills me. Your joy strengthens me.  Your mercy is greater than my sin…. Read More

Praise God – Even When You Ain’t Feelin’ It!

Decisions are stronger than emotions.  The man who chooses to be faithful to his marriage through times of trial is stronger than the one who so easily “falls out of love.” The teenager who chooses to do the right thing, despite being ridiculed is stronger than the one who tries to fit in, no matter the cost.  The employee who refuses to compromise her values at the price of her promotion is stronger than the one whose end seems to justify her means.  And when it comes to worshipping God, the one… Read More