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|Psalm 119:164: Prayers into Praises|
|Written by Wilma Zalabak, M.Div.|
|Wednesday, 28 November 2012 11:31|
"Seven times a day do I praise You because of Your righteous judgments" (Psalm 119:164). Peter thought that's how much he must forgive someone, seven times. Seven is a good number, symbolizing completeness, a little odd because, when you pair up the pieces, there's one left over, yet that one can cap off the whole project in some way. Seven. The psalmist praised God seven times in a day.
"Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he will hear my voice" (Psalm 55:17). Three is a good number, symbolizing stability and strength, yet for pairing, there's always an odd one out in three. Two threes mark the height of human sufficiency apart from God, two threes cry out for the seventh to cap them off and tie them together.
Look at the comparison. I'll cry out my petitions and complaints three times a day, but I'll praise God for His kind justice seven times a day. The proportion stands at more than two to one. So every time I petition God, perhaps I should think of more than two praises to offer Him.
Or what about changing more of my petitions to praises. Like this:
God, please help Aunt Eugenia to treat me better. Change to: God, I'm thinking of what it would look and feel like to have real love and kindness between Aunt Eugenia and me, and I can't help praiseing You for what that is like.
Lord, I don't have enough money to pay bills and buy food. Change to: Lord, thank You for getting us through last month. Or change to: Lord, I know You have enough resources to ease my mind about the bills and set an abundant table in front of us. I'm looking at that table and praising You for every piece on it.
Lord God, please heal my mom. Change to: Thank you for my mom's friends. Thank you for giving the doctors wisdom. Thank you for standing by my mom's side through this. Thank you for the pictures I carry in my memory of my mom strong and caring. Thank you that you can bring my mom back to us in renewed condition of health.
Seven times a day I will praise God.