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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Inspired by . . . Confident in Our Hope

Praise the Lord, O my soul!
While I live I will praise the Lord;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. 
(Psalm 146)


We all know the saying, "Hindsight is 20/20." Looking back, it's easy to see the path we should have taken, choices we should have made, and how God worked it all out for us.

It makes sense then, that our gratitude is often in hindsight as well. We look back and are grateful for all God has done for us. Nothing wrong with that!

But what if we were to practice being grateful first . . . and through?

"While I live I will praise the Lord!"

The Psalmist decided he would worship before he knew what would befall him. He was confident in his hope. Hope that comes only from our Creator.

We can be confident because God is first and foremost, faithful (vs. 6), He is just (vs. 7). He frees us from bondage (vs. 7), and has compassion on those who are bowed down (vs. 7-9).

We can determine to thank God now, with grateful praise because we know, no matter what happens, we can trust Him to do and be what He has promised.

May our praise and gratitude come from a wellspring of faith and trust in our Lord and Savior, rather than our emotional responses.

Emotions are fleeting but faith endures.


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