Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Choose to Praise

"One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice" (Luke 17:15).

"Every blessing you pour out I'll, turn back to praise.  When the darkness closes in, Lord, still I will praise...Blessed be the Name of the Lord!"  It's become a very popular song.  It can be heard in the car on the radio, in more than a few mp3 players, and in many churches across the globe.  But, is it more than a song?  Is it as quick to be lived out as it is to be sung?  Unfortunately, there are many, and I am sure that if we allow honesty to prevail, we will find ourselves guilty of the same, that are quick to ask God for a breakthrough, but not as quick to give Him thanks when His faithfulness comes to pass.  In everyday of our lives we choose to praise or to hold back our praise. 

Ten lepers were cleansed, but only one came back to give thanks to God.  Have you ever thought about what happened to the other 9?  But the one - He recognized what God had done in his life.  He returned - he approached the presence of Jesus.  He rejoiced - shouting and praising Jesus for the great things He had done in his "all-but-doomed" life.

Each day, you have the opportunity to commit to being like this one.  Choose to recognize what Jesus has done in you and is continuing to do in your life.  Choose to be the one who "returns."  Approach Jesus in His awesome presence.  Rejoice!  Give Him praise!  Shout with Joy for the great things He has done and for the great God that He is!  Choose to praise!

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