“Let’s Just Praise The Lord”
November 29, 2016
In all of our travels the most striking water tower we’ve seen is in Mount Jackson Virginia with the round “basket” of red and green apples.
“Let’s Just Praise The Lord”
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“He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me” (Psalm 50:23). “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15).
We have three pets in our lives. We often mention our dogs, Mollie and Roxie, but we don’t refer to our cat as much. Dottie is now 15 1/2 years old and still doing well. However she is content residing in our small utility barn. She was pleased to get out for awhile yesterday since we had just returned from Tennessee. She still likes to prowl around and occasionally will show us what she has caught, seemingly proud while Brooksyne is clearly grossed out. She doesn’t have a lot of personality like the dogs and is quite content with her daily treats and just a bit of attention. Pick her up and she’ll purr for a few minutes before wanting to get on with the mundane life she’s comfortable with.
Dottie has been a part of our family since her birth, the longest we have ever had a pet. Ester named her based upon her black and white coat. Her mother was a wild barn cat who surprised us with a litter of newborn kittens in a dilapidated summer kitchen attached to the 100 year old farmhouse we rented following our move down to Pennsylvania from New England in early 2001.
Since my childhood I’ve really enjoyed hearing a cat purr when stroked gently or held closely. Dottie seems to express affection by purring as I slowly stroke her back and face. Based upon my study of the topic it seems there are a variety of reasons cats purr, including a sign of contentment and appreciation. When you gently pet a cat it’s as if she is saying. “Ah, that is so nice.”
But I also find myself getting so much satisfaction when I hold a purring cat. Some have asserted that this is indeed therapeutic and has a calming effect. I suppose you could call it another form of pet therapy.
We hear a lot about therapy today. It seems the vast majority of people will undergo some kind of therapy; whether it’s physical therapy, psychotherapy, equine therapy, drug therapy, radiation therapy. Wikipedia even mentions duct tape occlusion therapy (used to remove warts), in its long list of therapies. In its simplest form, “Therapy involves an individual seeking an attempted remediation for a particular health matter, usually following a diagnosis.”
With that definition in mind if we go to the Bible to have our spirit diagnosed we would find that we were born into an imperfect world with a congenital sin problem resulting in a sin-sick soul. The spiritual “therapy” for such a troubling condition is to meet with the Great Physician to receive a spiritual transplant. He will take our terminal sins that are scarlet and transfuse us with His eternal blood, an exchange of our sin nature for His spiritual nature.
With such a supernatural and unmeritable transfusion our praise should be an involuntary expression of thanksgiving to our Great Physician, “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me.” We express our contentedness and thankfulness when we lay aside the cares and distractions of the day and earnestly enter into praise and thanksgiving to the Maker of heaven and earth, the Redeemer of our soul! When we praise the Lord we rest in His presence, acknowledge His steadfast love and care, and thank Him for His redeeming grace.
Many have wondered, “What is the distinction between praise and thanksgiving?” It is commonly taught that praise is our worship toward God concerning who God is while thanksgiving is our worship toward God concerning what He has done. In practice though they are used interchangeably such as in our daily texts.
The writer of Hebrews ended his letter with the challenge issued to believers to praise the Lord. “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.”
We encourage you to rest in the arms of our loving God and express your love for Him as you recall the ancient words of the Psalmist, “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me.” As His children, may we offer up our praise and thanksgiving to Him today. So let’s just praise the Lord!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
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