Focus Word~Praise

Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:1-2

Praise is about loyalty of the heart. Praise is focus. On God.
Not. On. Me.

 “Skill Set” is a phrase flung around a lot. Skill sets are the collection of talent that a person has learned, received, and polished to the point of integration. Skill sets appear on resumes, job descriptions, committee vision statements and personal journals. There is a caution in touting skill sets as cemented talents, available as solutions to every problem without consulting The One who anointed us with them.

I am working to push Praise~~~Praising God~~~to the top of my skill set. This change may not be visible on my LinkedIn resume, but on my heart.

King Jehoshaphat is a great example.

Joyce Meyer, in her book The Battle Belongs to the Lord, describes the example of King Jehoshaphat in leading his people. In getting ready for battle, instead of moaning about the task ahead, concentrating on his fears, or asking God for his battle plan,

King Jehoshaphat put praise first:
“O Lord, God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven? And do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? In Your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand You.
~2 Chronicles 20:6 (continue reading through verse 11)

“Our part is to focus on Him and His mighty power, worshipping Him and praising Him for the manifestation of His solution and listening for a word or direction from Him” Joyce Meyer, The Battle Belongs to the Lord.

Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.
~ Hebrews 13:15

Make every moment a cathedral giving glory…Ann Voskamp

How is this continual praise cathedral-building done?

  1. Christy sets several timers on her iPhone during  the day to prompt her to praise
  2. Bill has praise verses on cards he carries in his suit pocket
  3. Charlene keeps praise music quietly in the background of her home and office.
  4. CB has a folder called “Praise” in her Outlook so that when she is on a phone hold, she can scroll through it
  5. JR has an iPhone Bible app, with praise verses highlighted
  6. Garrett tweaks blog posts of gratitude and praise to reference

Would you add to the list?

What are some specific ways that you are offering continual praise to God?
and/or
What are your Go-To verses of Praise?

How Great Thou Art” Video, Carrie Underwood/Vince Gil
Ann Voskamp Quote Source

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5 Responses

  1. I like the phone reminders. A woman I once knew had “pray first” on her desk. I have a bracelet with the serenity prayer, it is inscribed there, logging on to We Love Gratitude remind me to give thanks and praise, rolling out of bed on to my knees in the morning (most days I am awake enough to remember or catch myself) and at night before resting again. Something within me is reminding me and that something has become a good friend.

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