Saturday, August 18, 2012

Praise God in front of Witnesses

Some went off to sea in ships, plying the trade routes of the world. They, too, observed the Lord’s power in action, his impressive works on the deepest seas. He spoke, and the winds rose, stirring up the waves. Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end. “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation and before the leaders of the nation. Psalm 107: 23- 32 NLT

It is not enough to praise God. We must praise God for what God has done in our lives before others, before the congregation or family of God (Sunday school class counts!), and even before the leaders of our cities, states and our country. In other words, don’t keep what God has done to yourself.

The sailors go off to sea to make their fortune either for themselves or someone else. While on the sea, they witness God’s power. The winds and waves put them at the mercy of the sea. They cry out to God to save them. God saves them from the storms and calms the sea. They realize it is only because of what God has done that they make it home safely. Now they lift their voices in praise to God, especially before others.

What can you praise God for in the midst of your congregation? Your coworkers? The leaders in your workplace and your community?

God, may we not only praise you but praise you in front of others for all you have done for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Copyright Amelia G. Sims 2012

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