From the rising to the setting of the sun is the name of the LORD to be praised.

So, how much time in my day should be set aside for praise of the Lord?  I think the answer is quite simple – look above.  From the rising of the sun to its setting is the name of the LORD to be praised.  From the time you open your eyes in the morning until the moment you close them in the evening, everything you do should be for the greater glory of God.  So, are your thoughts going back to my past few posts where I pleaded with you to find 5, 30 or 60 minutes for prayer?  This isn’t the same thing.  Those minutes for prayer are a direct conversation with God; use them to focus on what God’s purpose in life is for you; what it is you can do in your life that will offer that deserving praise of God.

Everything we have comes from our Father; everything we do should be in praise and thanks to Him.  I remember an old hymn we sang growing up by Gary Ault…All that we have.

All that we have and all that we offer
Comes from a heart both frightened and free.
Take what we bring now and give what we need.
All done in his name.

Some would rely on their power,
Others put trust in their gold.
Some have only their Savior,
Whose faithfulness never grows old.

Sometimes the road may be lonesome,
Often we may lose our way;
Take courage and always remember
Love isn’t just for a day.

Sometimes when troubles are many,
Life can seem empty, it’s true,
But look at the life of the Master,
Who lovingly suffered for you.

Am I asking a lot from you?  Not me – God.  Is it too much to ask of you?  The simple answer here is no – it’s not too much.  The reality of this, for many reasons, make this discipline hard.  Never the less, we are charged with the responsibility of offering praise to God in everything that we do and it is up to us each to follow through on that responsibility.

Do something great for our Lord today – wake up with a smile and go to bed with a smile.  Offer praise to God morning, noon and night.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

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