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Monday, December 30, 2013

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In Jewish practice this acrostic Psalm of praise to God as King was recited in the morning and in the evening at the time of sacrifice. Beginning and ending your day on a note of praise and thanksgiving is a practice that can actually lengthen your life and keep you healthy. Researchers are not in agreement how it all happens, but we know that people who are positive and thankful have greater resistance to the common sickness, better mental and physical well-being, and reduced risk of death from heart disease. Solomon, the wisest man who ever walked the earth said: “A cheerful heart is a good medicine” (Proverbs 17: 22).

For Christians, God is the object of praise. God who is “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in love,” and “has compassion on all.” He does not treat us as we deserve, but is “loving towards all He has made.”

It’s not just about us and God. Think of the powerful example we give and the impressions we make on our children and the following generations when together we celebrate God’s faithfulness and His Kingship in our lives. Praising God needs to be on our daily schedule, in spite of our present circumstances. God does not change and His mercy, forgiveness, love and faithfulness towards us are constant. Praise Him! Praise Him!

 

Thandi Klingbeil

Home-schooling Mother

Tennessee, USA