Praise Is Good


Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; celebrate his lovely name with music.

~Psalm 135:3, NLT


Since we were created to praise our Creator, it fulfills our fundamental and deepest longing.

~Timothy Keller

Psalm 135 gives us four good reasons to PRAISE GOD. First we praise Him because He is GOOD, He is infinitely good. Second, we praise Him because PRAISE is GOOD. Not only does God delight in our giving Him praise, it brings us great pleasure. There is no real joy in praising one’s self. There is great joy in praising Jesus. It took me far too long to understand this truth but nothing delights my heart more than giving Jesus praise. This is why you can hear me on the back row. A third reason to praise Him is that He is making us GOOD. I know it sounds too good to be true but God by grace is remaking us and when He is finished, we are going to be good. But there is another reason: we praise Him for His ability to make all things work for GOOD. Here are four good reasons to praise HIM!

Hey, you never know what a day will bring: I spent most of yesterday visiting: Clyde Gilliot is at CRMC if they didn’t let him talk them into sending him home. Clyde has a fluid problem. Sue Wood, David’s mom was still at CRMC yesterday but she is supposed to move to Summerfords. James Russel from Grace Point had a hip replacement last week and we thought he was doing great but he is in Decatur Morgan Hospital and has been very sick. He was a little better last night. I will go by first thing this morning. James is 80 but looks more like 70: he can get around better than I can. Clyde Gillot is 83 and I visited Ray Edwards also {Summerford} and he is 84. Ray was into some chocolate pie when I left. He didn’t know the pie was on his tray which he had pushed aside. When I told him he said give me bit which I did: he said, “that’s pretty good,” and took the spoon. I said, “Well, let me bless you and the pie before I go,” so I put my hand on his head and began to pray. When I looked up after praying, he was eating the pie. That made my day. Lou was in a talking mood: I like it when Lou talks. When she doesn’t, its a pretty tough visit. LORD willing, I am headed to Tony, Alabama this morning: breakfast with the siblings.

I had to leave the DBC Senior Christmas party early: duty called. I missed seeing a lot of people that I wanted to see. They had a good turn out and I am sure all 38 pies were eaten. I had one before I left and it wasn’t bad. Sylaina did the hard work, all I did was fry them.

This FREEDOM FROM RELIGION group is getting on my nerves…

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) continues its war against Christianity and Christians who dare to voice their faith in public life, this time targeting a sheriff’s office in Alabama that offered prayers for a slain sheriff in another county.

On Nov. 26 the FFRF sent a letter to the Walker County Sheriff’s Office expressing concerns about “religious promotion” on the department’s Facebook page. Specifically, the group complained about a post on Nov. 23 about the death of Lowndes County Sheriff “Big John” Williams, which stated that the department’s “prayers are with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office family as they deal with this senseless tragedy.”

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