Devotion and Prayer, Psalm 42:11

Devotion and Prayer
Blue Letter Bible Daily Devotionals

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God. Psalm 42:11

Reflection

My Prayer: Gracious Father, thank You for being my ever-present help in my time of need. You lift my countenance and fill my heart with everlasting delight and tranquility. Your greatness is unsearchable! Your love so unfathomable! May Your Name be lifted on high and praised forevermore!

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“A Praise That Opens Like a Rainbow Before me” from LWillows

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I am Praising. Praising with the fullness of hâlal! My heart dances and sings with joy for The Lord for His Faithfulness and His Grace, I am in awe of the fullness of His Love. My prayers have been answered with miracles, my heart’s whisperings have been known in detail and seen beyond the measure of my imagination. The Lord’s kindness has reached every corner of my soul. He dried up my tears with comfort and sweet nearness unlike anything in this world and restored me. My gratitude sings and dances a praise that opens like a rainbow before me. Holy worship of Our King! May all of heaven and earth hear His Glorious Name!

Psalm 149
Let them praise (hâlal) His name with dancing and make music to Him with timbrel and harp.

Halal is a wondrous word from the Old Testament.
Strong’s #1984: halal (pronounced haw-lal’)
a primitive root; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate; also to stultify:–(make) boast (self), celebrate, commend, (deal, make), fool(- ish, -ly), glory, give (light), be (make, feign self) mad (against), give in marriage, (sing, be worthy of) praise, rage, renowned, shine.

Let my praising come to a fullness then. I want to live the “halal” of it as an ongoing experience. Halal is a verb. If I would shine in praise how would it shine from my heart? If it would give light from my life what would that look like? As it celebrates what are it’s tangible elements in me- in living, what is the tangible celebration?

What would the song of it sound like? What does praise hear when I wake each new day? How does this precious song sing of His Name as each hour as it gives Him Glory? Do I hear The Lord my God singing to me as described in Zephaniah 3:17-20? I am in His Presence. The Lord is rejoicing over me with gladness, He is quieting me with love and lifting me with exultant joy.

He sings to me! He sings to me!! It is taught that He sings uniquely to each of us. Specifically. It seems impossible but God, the Lord that I am praising is so wondrous. He is The God that created all Life, breathed all into being- Yes, He can sing in a miraculous way into each of our hearts.

Zephaniah 3:17-20
17 The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.

                -and with the exceeding gratitude, joy, and praise of Halal, we sing to The Lord.

Psalm 96:1-4
Worship in the Splendor of Holiness
1 Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.

“Praising, I am Praising, a heart so full” from LWillows

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Praising, I am praising, my heart is so full. When life asked me to walk with a heart of faith bolder and stronger than I had fathomed before, I stepped forward. I did not do it alone. I could not. The strength was not my own. Someone near to me said, “You stepped off of the cliff with one foot out!”. Thinking back, I know now that The Lord was holding the foot that stepped out. He had me all the while.

Our Savior is so merciful. I am in awe of the generosity of Grace. My heart is stretched and then stretched again just to receive all that pours in from His Love. Me, the one with so many words- rendered speechless. Just left with a song, left with armfuls of songs in my heart that have been singing to us all from God that calls to us of His Love. We can only sing the praise back with joy and awe.

Hear the Praise! 

Wonderful Merciful Savior

 

“Swept into The Mercies” a praise poem from LWillows

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Swept into The Mercies

Heart stretched like a sky bowl in horizon near bright,
Taken from east to west farther than sight.
Fullness increased by grace, Lord, with such might
Oh I here I do melt with praise and delight.

Leaning to fore with the increase of such view
All of the vastness arcs over and through.
Wonders and mysteries sparkle like eyes,
Gazing from heaven upon all of our lives.

Heart stretched like sky bowl in the horizon of You.
Swept into the mercies of Love’s deep imbue.
Carried into the drift of your All.
I answer I praise, I sing and I call.

© 2018 Linda Willows

Psalm 8:1
O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.

Psalm 86.5
5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.

Hebrews 4:16
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Psalm 68:35
O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people Blessed be God!