People love to say that haters are their motivators. I don't give haters that much credit. My love for God, His Son Jesus and the Person of the Holy Spirit is what motivates me. When I think on His goodness, all the love my Father has for me and all that He has done for me, it sends me into complete and a total praise. Because without Him I could not and would not have made it thus far. He has given us that which we don’t deserve: eternal love, the Holy Spirit, His son Jesus, His eternal grace, His peace that surpasses all understanding, His comfort, His strength, His wisdom, His patience, His kindness, His glory, His honor and so much more. The knowledge and understanding of these incredible gifts should motivate us to pour forth praise and thanksgiving, in other words, worship! Worship is a time when we pay deep, sincere, awesome respect, love, and reverence to the One who created, protected and loved us and for being the one who we can depend and lean on. Psalms 18:2 says,
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.
One writer says about Psalms 18, "This Psalm breathes the atmosphere of extemporaneous praise" (W. T. Purkiser). There is not one place in this passage that David doesn't express anything but praise and adoration for God. He never takes personal credit, He say, "I will praise you among the nations." "I will sing praises to your name." And it is certainly appropriate, at this point, after remembering everything God has done, after remembering all the times that God has delivered him. After remembering all the times that God intervened with strength and power, after remembering all the times that God strengthened him for the battles, it is appropriate to lift his voice and sing praises to the One who has made all this possible. With that, I challenge you during your time of personal prayer and devotion to take out a piece of paper and a pen and begin to look back over your life. Instead of thinking on all the times it felt as though you were alone, think on those times that God was with you. Think back about those times that God answered your prayers. Think back about those times that God spoke to you. Think back about those times that God intervened in your life and begin to write about it! Don’t worry if you aren’t a skilled poet like David. But just write down your praise to God…let it flow from your heart. Let Jesus know that you love Him and let Him know why and do it on paper. It will be meaningful to Him and you, to know that "He is Everything."
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