I Choose Praise

I love to crank music loud. I love to play piano loud. Something happens to the atmosphere in our home when music is played, loud. I am talking about music that invites us to lift our eyes off of circumstances and onto Jesus – music that invites us to sing along and causes us to dance. Praise will make the most dreary of days extraordinary.

Worship in song is something the Christian tradition has practiced for 2000 years.

Why stop this weekend?  I choose to praise Jesus, here’s why.

Medical Treatment: Yesterday Heidi (my wife) was strong enough to have round #5 of 8 chemotherapy treatments. Last week she was delayed, but today we are on step closer to the other side of a deep valley.

Friends and family: so many keep leaning in to support us with meals, love and practical offers to help in all shapes and sizes.

A place to worship: on Tuesday I visited with a brother from another country who cannot find one public church building in which to worship, to build one is illegal. Nor can he turn up the praise music loudly in his home. However, this Sunday believe me he’ll find a hidden place but he WILL NOT take it for granted.

Food to eat: today my kids and family will not go hungry.

An Inspirational Story: watched the movie “Soul Surfer.” It is based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton a young surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack. An amazing testimony of trust and courage. She gives all glory to Jesus for the strength to not pack it in but to continue training and go on to make pro!

13 years of marriage: Yesterday marked our 13th wedding anniversary. Wow what a gift Heidi has been to me! When all around us marriages are falling apart, I certainly don’t deserve her. She is my best friend and best mom to my kids imaginable.

Psalm 22:25-26

Here in this great gathering for worship
      I have discovered this praise-life.
   And I’ll do what I promised right here
      in front of the God-worshipers.
   Down-and-outers sit at God’s table
      and eat their fill.
   Everyone on the hunt for God
      is here, praising him.
   “Live it up, from head to toe.
      Don’t ever quit!”

We were created to choose praise, especially in difficult times. Read all of Psalm 22, there’s some tough stuff going on. Still the Psalmist says, “…you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3)

So I encourage you, don’t leave your God throneless. Turn it up. Dance a little, sing along.

What would you add to this list?


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