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Rev. Dr. Delesslyn A. Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div.

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Raise Your Praise AGAIN!

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 5:12 AM
Greetings!

BlogFam, 
I have had many opportunities to call congregations to worship and one of my favorite opening remarks is: "This is the day that the Lord has made.  Let us REJOICE and BE GLAD in it!"  [Psalm 118:24] I love this verse because it is a declaration that acknowledges our wonderful and awe-inspiring Creator and demands that an attitude of praise and thanksgiving be in our hearts for ALL that the Lord has done.  In other words, in spite of all the twists and turns of life that leave us feeling vulnerable, desperate, worried, and scared, if we redirect our focus on the Creator of heaven and earth, we have reason enough to give God a praise!

And while it might be hard to muster up a smile through the tears rolling down your face. While it seems like you have to fake it - or "faith" it - until you make it.  While it looks like things are just not going to work out in spite of your very best efforts to respond to the demands of life, family, career, community, and school.  We still have at least ONE... OK...maybe TWO good reasons to REJOICE and BE GLAD.  One - The Lord our God is the creator of the universe today and every day that has been or will come.  Two - You are aware that the number one reason is true and you are alive to REJOICE and BE GLAD.  So, 

Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!  
[Psalm 43:5, NLT]

Friends, I dare you to PRAISE the Lord AGAIN!  I know that you gave the Lord a praise on yesterday and in that last valley and on that last sick bed and during the last court case and through the last storm... but Praise the Lord AGAIN!

I know you lifted up your hands and danced across the floor in your Sunday shoes, and maybe even spoke in one good tongue before you made it over the last time... but Praise the Lord AGAIN!

I know that you might feel discouraged and you do not know how you will go on.  You might feel sad and you just cannot stand the place you are in right now.  You might just be sick and tired of being sick and tired... but Praise the Lord AGAIN!

Praise the Lord AGAIN because your HOPE is in God and God alone is your Savior.  And God will save you out of this, save you through this, save you in spite of this and save you in the midst of this!  God is always saving us and preserving us, satisfying us and keeping us,  securing us and liberating us, sustaining us and healing us, surrounding us and defending us. And no matter what you are going through right now, you DO have it in you to PRAISE the Lord AGAIN!

BlogFam, keep praising the Lord over and over and over and over AGAIN!  Do not get tired of praising the Lord!  Do not get weary of praising the Lord!  Do not forget to praise the Lord!  Do not neglect to praise the Lord over and over and over AGAIN!  

Put your HOPE in God - not your job, your friends, your family,  your circumstances, your intelligence, your finances, or your popularity.... Put your HOPE in God and praise the Lord AGAIN!

My Friends, THIS is the day that the Lord has made. REJOICE and BE GLAD in it!
Say it again.
THIS is the day that the Lord has made. REJOICE and BE GLAD in it!
Say it again.
THIS is the day that the Lord has made. REJOICE and BE GLAD in it!

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!

GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!
Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!
Delesslyn

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