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How to Keep Praising God

How to Keep Praising God

by T. L. Wiens

Zacchaeus in the Sycamore Awaiting the Passage...

I listened to a sermon Thanksgiving Sunday on Zacchaeus. The speaker left me wondering about life after his encounter with Jesus. Did the people change their opinion of him? Or did he still reap loathing from others? What was life like after his conversion?

In some respects, the Christian life can be so much like that of a tax collector. So what keeps us going in the faith?

For me, praising God is a big part of keeping my focus on Christ. (tweetable)

And we have a lot to praise Him for according to Romans 8:28-39.

1. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

2. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

3. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

4. Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

5. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

6. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

7. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Zacchaeus changed his life but a part of me wonders if there was much change in the way the people viewed him. I hope he glorified God for the rest of His life and in that, didn’t suffer scorn for earthly gain but rather heavenly rewards.

Here is a You Tube “How Can I Keep From Singing” by Chris Tomlin.

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

Do We Enter His Gates with Praise?

Do We Enter His Gates with Praise?

by Rose Spillenaar Harmer

English: The gates to St Deiniol's church, Haw...

I love you dearly!

I know how much you love hearing of my love each day.

It is the same in the throne room of God.
Your praises and love are like perfume in our courts.

We receive many petitions and requests each day.

But, many people have not chosen to “enter into my gates
with thanksgiving and into my courts with praise.”

Remembering to be thankful and loving is the key.

If you practice this formula in your daily interactions,
you will find relationships grow sweeter and richer.

Let’s read:

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him and bless his name. For the Lord is good: his mercy is everlasting and his truth endureth to all generation (Psalm 100:4-5, KJV).

Many years ago, when I read the book “The Hour That Changes the World,” by Dick Eastman, I determined to always begin daily devotions by praising God for who He is.

Continue to read Rose’s post at Listening to Hear.

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.

Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.