“…not from our good feelings, but from God’s good acts.”

prayingpsalmsFrom Eugene H. Peterson’s Praying With the Psalms:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever. ~ Psalm 111:10

Do we think praise is the natural exuberance of the contented person? It is not — it is the thoughtful response of the redeemed. It springs, not from our good feelings, but from God’s good acts. We praise God, not when we feel good, but when we realize that God is good.

PRAYER: I will remember and observe your goodness through the hours of this day, O God, keeping in mind what you have done faithfully through centuries of redemption, and staying alert to what you presently are doing in the lives of companions in faith. And I will use all I remember and observe to lift praises to you.  Amen.

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