Power of Praise

Power of Praise

Psalm 108:1-5 (NIV) My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.

Our grandson is just four months old. He is beginning to engage with us. When he does something new and exciting, everyone smiles and praises him. When he simply sits in his seat looking around in wonder, you guessed it – we do the same thing. He is constantly being praised and affirmed even though his behavior is simple milestones in human growth and development. His mama tells him all the time that he is a good boy and he is a “cool dude”. She is constantly positively affirming her little boy. He smiles at her words. He looks to those around him for their reaction to his new endeavors. It is important to speak life over our children. To affirm them when they are good and redirect not so good behaviors. Punishment is not the goal of parenting but rather discipline. Building strong character in our youth begins with affirmation and praise at an early age. Praising tiny humans raises up confident adults.

There is power in praise. It elevates our spirit and strengthens our resolve eliminating insecurity and lack of confidence. However, it is not human nature to praise. It is all too common to be critical, to tear down, and this is usually from a place of comparison. People are created in the image of the Living God. He is the standard set that sin has stolen from us. It is our mission in life to discover the eternity hidden inside of our heart and take the measure of faith entrusted to us to pursue it as our destiny. As sons and daughters of the King, there is no need for strife or division because we are all joint heirs with Jesus Christ.

My heart, O God, is steadfast…

My heart is steadfast, loyal, faithful, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true, constant, solid and trusting. Are these the words that describe your heart connection to the Father? Do you remain steadfast in love, joy, peace, and all the other fruits of His Spirit? Praising God comes not from our current circumstances or conditions. These generally will produce complaints. Praise for the Living God must come from a confident heart. A heart that fully knows and understands that its connection to God is through His Son – Jesus therefore our boast is in nothing this world has to offer but fully consummated within a steadfast heart. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Our heart must remain constant in this truth to offer praise in every situation. Praise builds the stairway that faith will tread upon. Though one might think our praise elevates the Lord – it really is our pathway to His Presence.

I will sing and make music with all my soul…

3 John 2 (NKJV) Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

Praise makes us prosper. We must make our praise project from the depth of our soul. To prosper is to make successful. The prayer to prosper and become successful is not answered unless it comes from our soul. There are many who have created shortcuts to God’s Favor that simply are not true. God honors every seed planted by faith in good ground when our soul is healthy and our heart is fertile. What is a fertile heart? A heart that is broken and remade by the Hand of God into the wonderful masterpiece that He has promised before our birth. What is a healthy soul? A soul that hungers and thirsts for righteousness. A soul that is satisfied with the Bread of Life and Living Water. A soul that pursues God’s Presence. A soul that is hopelessly and completely devoted to Jesus Christ. Our soul is eternal. It must be trained and guided to look past today and all the cares and worries of life to become confident in Jesus Christ alone.

For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Psalm 23:5-6 (NIV) You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Praise propels us past our problems to the promises of God for our life. It is the opportunity to remind ourselves what the Lord has promised and what He will do for us. We really have nothing to offer the Lord except our praise and adoration. There is no possible way to earn or deserve the goodness and love that He pursues us with each day. Our pride would like to somehow find a way to repay the Lord to keep itself alive, but the truth is that there is no possible way to out give God so we praise Him for His Faithfulness and Generosity to us. Praise is a valuable tool when the giant seems too big or obstacle too large. It elevates our perspective from the ground to the Heavenlies. It reveals angels unaware who are positioned for our deliverance. It excites the Spirit of God within us so that as He expands our momentary trials and troubles don’t seem that big any longer. Praise keeps us company while we wait on the Lord for proper timing brings about completion.

Acts 16:25-26 (NIV)  About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

Praise changes the atmosphere from hopeless to hopeful. Paul and Silas were in prison. They were arrested and severely beaten after delivering a slave girl from a demonic presence. Surely God should have protected them. Why such savage treatment? Where was God? Chained to the wall like animals, they were surely discouraged and afraid. Things were looking rather hopeless for the men of God. They were in danger. In the midnight hour… Before moving on – I think it pertinent to point out that praise is not always our first thought. Midnight is the time when one day turns into another. The Word of God says that mourning lasts for a night but joy comes in the morning. I wonder if they were crying and complaining but heard the bell toll twelve and decided to make a change. It says that they were praying and singing hymns to God with an audience of prisoners when suddenly… Do you need a suddenly today? Are you discouraged? Fearful? Anxious? On the verge of hopelessness – it is important to evaluate our vocabulary. Praise has the power to change the atmosphere. The breath of God in us released causes a change around us. Not only did the doors fly open and chains fall off of Paul and Silas but every prisoner was set free. The jailer was saved and took the men home to wash their wounds and feed them good food. The next morning the magistrates came to free them. This all happened because they choose to praise in the prison. Whatever has you captive is subject to your praise. Jesus lives in you!

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.

Psalm 134:1-3 (NIV) Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who minister by night in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.

God affirms His Children. He has great affection for you. He has no intention of punishing you but rather good discipline gives footsteps direction and makes destiny divine. He put eternity in our heart for a reason. There is power and purpose awaiting those who pursue His Love with all their heart, soul, body and mind. It is important to position ourselves in His Presence to live in His Promises. Praise is our constant reminder to exalt the Lord giving Him proper placement in our life. No allegiance is a sign of rebellion. Praise communicates our allegiance to Jesus Christ and puts the enemy on notice that we have relinquished our life to Him as Savior and Lord. Praise does not exalt Christ in the sense of moving Him but rather praise moves us. We must be intentional in our praise. Praise is a powerhouse for those who choose to use it.

Psalm 86:11-12 (NIV) Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.


Yard Sale Diaries

Yard Sale Diaries

Jude 24-25 (NLT) Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.

For weeks, I have been preparing for a yard sale to get rid of all the clutter and superfluous items that have accumulated while preparing to move. Every nook and cranny of our home has been emptied and explored. Those things of use, worth or want packed carefully in boxes to make it to our destination. Unceremonious piles of stuff that is no longer needed piled high in boxes in various places around the house. The mass accumulation of all the “stuff” became overwhelming until the day of our moving sale finally came. The old adage rings true that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure as people loaded up these items and paid me to take them away.

Toward the end of the morning, my friend and I began to go through the leftovers deciding what to do with the rest when a woman approached me. I recognized her as her parents were unfortunately with us in the care center where we stayed during our son’s cancer treatment. After a sweaty embrace and quick inquiry about the parents, she said her mom had sent her to find items as they were helping a family rebuild their life. I told her she was welcome to whatever she could find free of charge. She insisted on paying for it and of course, it was refused. So we went through all the items that were left and filled her truck with those things of use.

This was not a sacrifice. I didn’t want the remaining items and in fact we were developing a donation strategy when she walked up. But I wonder if the Lord does not allow us opportunities to give our life away each day that go unrecognized? Times when we consider the cost too much or do not see that Christ is standing before us offering us more or better for our less and worthless? The sale was a success. Now I want to work on the sacrifices in my life.

2 Samuel 24:21-23 (NLT) “Why have you come, my lord the king?” Araunah asked. David replied, “I have come to buy your threshing floor and to build an altar to the Lord there, so that he will stop the plague.” “Take it, my lord the king, and use it as you wish,” Araunah said to David. “Here are oxen for the burnt offering, and you can use the threshing boards and ox yokes for wood to build a fire on the altar. I will give it all to you, Your Majesty, and may the Lord your God accept your sacrifice.”

There was a terrible plague. King David had come to realize through godly revelation that is was because of his sin and he had to make things right with the Lord. The Lord told him what to do and David, a man after God’s Heart, set out to do what was requested of him and repent. Before Jesus came and covered us with grace, repentance required sacrifice. When he approached Araunah, the man recognized the king. When David requested the items for his sacrifice, the man said to the king – “Take it, my lord the king, and use it as you wish…I will give it all to you, Your Majesty…” David could not take it from this man or it would not be a sacrifice. He had to pay the price which he did.

Araunah recognized David’s Majesty and responded the moment that he gave his all to the governing power and ruling authority in his life. He took what he had and was willing to give it all away in response and acknowledgement of his allegiance to the king. I think of the number of times that I have come to God and given Him my life thinking that I was offering something of worth. I consider those feelings of regret and remorse, like the rich young ruler, when the things of this world held more value than Kingdom blessings. Now I realize everything I am and everything that I have belong to Jesus. When I offer the Lord my life it can only be in response and acknowledgement of Who He is and nothing I am or have done. I’ll wait while you think about that for a moment… and I do, too.

Hebrews 1:2-4 (NLT) And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ allows Him to be my Savior. It is the Lordship of Christ which is the Resurrection Power that robbed the grave and the Authority bestowed to Him in direct response to His Obedience in overcoming death that allows me to give my life back to Him. The sacrifice was made for my life by Jesus Christ. I cannot earn or repay the Lord for this gift. He holds it in His Hands. It is how I respond to His Authority and Power in my life that allows me to be saved. Without sacrifice there is no remission of sins, Jesus didn’t give me a sacrifice. He is the Sacrifice so unless I become one with the Lord and live in allegiance to Him – I have nothing to give back to God.

Matthew 8:7-10 (NLT) Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!

Shortly after we opened shop for the day, a very pleasant woman was wandering around surveying our wares. After a hearty “Good Morning”, we struck up a conversation over our coffee. She noticed a tall vase sitting on the table. She stopped midsentence and said, “You aren’t selling that are you?” I followed her pointing finger to the vase clearly marked for one dollar. She went on to tell me that the piece looked to be “depression glass” which is of some kind of worth. Furthermore, it is very old and that I she keep it or at the very least do some research. Removing the sticker, I put it away for safekeeping. I applaud the woman for pointing out this to me. I also revel in her honest since most people would have paid the dollar to have the valuable piece to resell or keep for themselves. She is a collector. She recognized its worth.

The centurion came to Jesus because his servant was sick. He pleaded with the Lord to heal his ailing helper. Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion refused as he too was a man of authority. A centurion was of one of the highest ranks in the Roman guard. His title implied that no less than 100 men were under his direct command and he was responsible for the comings and goings of each one of them. These men were of the highest paid officials in Rome. Yet when Jesus offered to come to his home and heal his servant, the centurion refused. Why?

The centurion understood authority and power from both sides as one who was under the command of others and the one who “was” the commanding officer of many. The officer recognized, understood and acknowledged the authority and power of Jesus Christ. “Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.” Faith. The centurion had faith in the authority and power of Jesus Christ. So much so that he didn’t need Jesus to come lay hands on the man. He didn’t have to see Jesus do anything or a change in his immediate circumstances but if Jesus just spoke the word than he knew that everything would be alright and the order would be carried out.

I want the centurion’s faith. I want to believe the Lord at His Word every single time. I want to recognize the things in my life that need change and trust the Lord to do it – sight unseen. The woman at the yard sale recognized the great worth of the vase I was selling for one dollar. She acknowledged it to me and now I know that what I have is worth something. May the faith of the centurion speak to all of us today and show us the great worth of surrender to the Power and Authority of Jesus Christ when we put our faith in His Word. By virtue of the Roman officer’s position of power in this country, he could have commanded Jesus to come and heal his servant. I don’t think it would have happened. The healing was in response to this man’s absolute faith in God’s Complete Authority and Power invested in Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus Christ sustains everything by the mighty power of His Command. Jesus must only speak the Word and new life begins. Things change. Mountains move. Walls crumble. His Authority and Power is nothing to me until I accept Him as Savior and make Jesus my Lord. It is under his direct authority and complete power that I have access to all His Kingdom has to offer.

Hebrews 13:14-16 (NLT) For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.

Our life is an offering that must be given through Jesus. His Sacrifice is our only hope of salvation. It is through our acknowledgement and allegiance to His Sacrifice that we are able to offer acceptable gifts to God of things like praise, worship, commitment and obedience. We cannot sacrifice anything worthy. Jesus paid the ultimate price and is our sacrifice. The only hope that I have is my faith in Jesus Christ as I surrender to His Authority and Power in my life. It is the only thing that I have to give back. This world is not my permanent home. I thought this house was the last place I would live. I made a declaration when we moved in that I would never move again. But then the Holy Spirit moved on my heart and the Lord whispered in my ear. Now we are moving again. My life is not my own, to you I belong, I give myself, I give myself to you. The things of this world will be destroyed down to the last red cent. It will be the prosperity of our soul that is our currency into Heaven. The only thing there of worth is Jesus. I owe Him my life. Why not give it all to Him? It is crazy that the Lord showed me these things through my experiences at a yard sale. Life is not about what we have but Who we know!

Ephesians 1:19-23 (NLT) I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

Waiting for Release – A Devotion

Waiting for Release

Ephesians 3:18-20 (NLT)

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

When our little dog was a puppy, we taught him how to fetch a ball. He is a natural. Although only about seven or eight pounds, he likes to run with the big boys. However, I had little boys who liked to tease him by lifting their arm as if they were about to throw the ball but then only going through the motions. The little guy would take off running, looking and racing all around trying to find whatever he was after. Only to come back confused, as our kids dissolved in laughter at their trickery. Scolding them, I would hand the dog what he wanted and he would race off to hide it in his bed far from the jokesters. As he grew older, he caught on to their little game and would wait until he knew the thrower had released what he was after. God does not trick us – He loves us too much for that. But it is up to us to gain understanding and knowledge of how God releases His Goodness and Kindness in our life and wait in our expectation of Him. This comes when we begin to understand (or at least scratch the surface) of “how wide, how long, how high and how deep His Love” for us really is and how to operate in it. Although God acknowledges that the Love of Christ is too great to fully comprehend, we must still find our way to it by faith and trust in Him. This is where we find fulfillment, completion and satisfaction in God through Jesus Christ. His Ability to accomplish infinitely more than we ask for or even can think of is found in such revelation. It is all about His Love.

Ephesians 3:6 (NLT)

And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.


God’s Plan for our life is really quite simple. First, God wants us to share equally in the riches reserved for His Children. This is our inheritance that has been designated specifically for us before we were created. Secondly, God wants us to “enjoy the promise of blessings” for those who belong to Christ. What if this really is God’s Plan for our life? Simply that we inherit His Glorious Riches and enjoy the promise of His Blessing. Where does worry fit in? What about anxiousness? What about the stuff that we want to “do”? What about money and finances? God wants us to share equally in His Riches set aside for His Children meaning that He is no respecter of persons and does not love some of us more than others. I guess the best way to help us understand this idea is the prodigal son. Each son had an inheritance but one son remained in his father’s household so he had a connection to the source that the brother who left home lost until he came back. Those who choose to live in God’s Presence basking in His Love will experience all of the promised blessings of God by their connection to Christ as a result of His Great Love.

Ephesians 3:11-12 (NLT)

This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.


Our affiliation, attachment and allegiance to Jesus Christ is our connection to our inheritance in God. Apart from Jesus Christ, we are hopeless. There is no need to seek God because He cannot allow us close to Him or His Justice would consume us in our sin. Jesus Christ gives us righteousness as a covering by His Grace so that we can now step boldly and confidently into God’s Presence (where our Father is) and ask anything in His Name. Let’s think about these three things for a moment.

Affiliation (Adoption)

Ephesians 1:4-7 (NLT)

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.


God decided to adopt us long before we drew our first breath. He knew that we would sin so God made the Way (Jesus) for us to return to right standing with Him. The rest is up to us. To deny our birthright as sons and daughters of God happens when we live below God’s Glorious Standard. God wanted you. He wanted me. He was not forced to take over our care. He wanted us. God the Father desires us and takes great pleasure in us. It is with such loving kindness that He stopped at nothing to adopt us as His Precious Children once again. God purchased our freedom. It is up to us to accept it stepping out of bondage in this world to live by the Spirit in total liberty as He designed. Our relationship to God through Jesus Christ is one of kindness and grace based on love alone. There is nothing else to do but accept it and live in the spirit of adoption that we have been given. “He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure.” (Ephesians 1:8-9)



John 15:5-8 (NLT)

 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”


This is the place where most Christians lose their blessings. Not that they are permanently removed from our life but the point in time when we forfeit them. We like to be independent. Taught from an early age that dependency is a sign of weakness, we struggle to remain “free” according to society’s definition without knowledge and understanding that our freedom to be sons and daughters of God rest solely in our ability to have faith in Jesus Christ. Without faith, there is no hope of redemption. Hope never leads to disappointment. The more that we learn to trust the Lord living and breathing totally in Christ, then we begin to see God’s Inheritance in our life. We must form a strong and impenetrable bond with God the Father through Jesus His Son living day by day in close relationship with His Spirit. There is no point in getting frustrated in our own ability when all the power is in Christ alone. We must remain in Christ – pursuing His Word, Will and Way in our life to have all the promises that belong to us. Trying to do anything our own way will always result in less than God’s Glorious Standard of Living. We must learn to live totally dependent on Jesus – this is a lifelong process. We must learn to trust the Love of God. We must decide that He is always good and that His Kindness belongs to us. We will live in God’s Abundance when we find His Presence and remain there. It is all about His Love. “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” (John 15:9-11) The greatest gift that I have discovered is the joy and peace found in a strong connection to Jesus Christ. It seems to just flow from the inside out of us. As we discover His Love and the magnitude of it along with its great potential, it will change our desires in life until all we want is more of Him. (Ephesians 3:17) It is all about connecting to Jesus and becoming so “engrafted” that nothing can separate us from His Love again. (Romans 11:22-24)



Hebrews 13:14-16 (NLT)

For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.


When we become sons and daughters of God through Jesus Christ, it should impact how we live. It should dictate our responses. Such a change should be evident to others as we are transformed into His Glory day by day and His Grace, Mercy and Love consume us. We should demonstrate allegiance, citizenship and loyalty to His Kingdom. The origin of the word “allegiance” means “loyalty to a liege-man to his lord.” Are we loyal to Christ in our everyday life comparing our attitudes and actions to Jesus Christ? Is He our example? At the end of our life when we are called to accountability to God for how we lived, what is our defense? It will be our allegiance to His Son, Jesus. (Romans 14:10-12) God has no time for divided loyalty. You are for Him or against Him. You must choose a side and remain committed. (James 1:5-7) Loyalty is important in having all that God has promised us. We are to act like citizens of Heaven no matter how the world reacts. (Philippians 1:27-28)

When we decide that God’s Love is for us, we must live a life of affiliation, attachment and allegiance to Him through Jesus Christ. If we are successful, we can have all that God has promised us and every blessing stored in Heaven. Our little dog is totally dependent on us to meet His Every Need. Each evening around 5:00 PM and every morning when he hears us stirring around, he will go and sit at his food bowl. He knows that someone will come and feed him if he waits because we have for about nine years now. He trusts us. He spends his days sleeping and following the sunlight from window to window until we come home. He knows that the kids will play with him and if he is in the right spot at the right time an ear rub is in store. He doesn’t have a care or worry in the world. He is not skittish but bold when he is ready to eat based on his experience in our family. Imagine our life’s potential if we would only trust God as much as our pets can trust us? Our life would be filled with limitless potential all because we knew His Love and believed it to be true.

Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.


I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s Love. Are you? I must evaluate my own conviction and commitment to this concept each day. When worry, stress, anxiety and doubt come rushing in, it is up to me to accept these faith killers or dare to believe that nothing can EVER separate me from God’s Love which produces an inheritance of His Abundance in my life. Living in the Presence of God is meaningless without His Love. The condemnation of our sin would kill us. However, when we decide that God love us that He wants us and desires us taking pleasure in us everything changes. As God’s Love works its way through us, all limitations and limits are removed from our life in the knowledge and understanding that God loves us! I wonder if such an understanding would keep us from constantly running after things that are less than His Best or compromising for settlements and substitutions over satisfaction. Our little dog learned when to run after the ball and when to stay waiting for a release. Have we?

Psalm 52:8-9 (NLT)

But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the House of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will trust in your good name in the presence of your faithful people.