My prayer is that this day's exercise in the Word will fill your empty places, heal your hurting places, strengthen your weak places, and send you out with joy.
|Psalm 106:12: Faith and Praise|
|Written by Wilma Zalabak, M.Div.|
|Tuesday, 04 December 2012 11:31|
The Israelites' exit from Egypt, called the Exodus, shows up repeatedly in Scripture. From Moses' time to Paul's time, the story of that deliverance gave heritage and power to poetry and prophecy, song and sermon, letter and parable. Psalm 106:1-12 is a recounting of that miracle with a cap that says of the people and their God, "Then they believed His words; they sang His praise."
I suppose it would be possible for a human being to produce praise to God in cynicism or sarcasm with no belief in God. Somehow I don't think that's the kind of praise that will bring pleasure to God and peace to humans. The Bible says they believed and they praised. Faith and praise go together.
On the other hand, let no human assess his or her own faith in order to know whether or not to praise. Believe and praise. Do whichever one you can accomplish at the moment, and they both will grow.
I can choose to believe in God and to believe that God is good. I really do have evidence if I will look for it. One evidence to me is the beauty I can find, still persisting in a world of pain and oppression, hate and depression. If I choose to take the time and attention to look for it, I can find evidence on which to choose to believe. Whatever small amount of faith and belief I can choose at the moment, I can then choose to praise God for the faith, for the evidence, for the choice, etc. Choosing to fill the space around me with praise creates a habitat for God around me and then I can discover more evidence on which to choose to believe and about which to praise.
So it's a synergystic spiral. Faith and trust increases praise and thanks, which in turn increases faith and trust. So jump in anywhere you find it possible. The atmosphere is wonderful!
Believe and praise.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 December 2012 11:58|