Daily Devotions

Hello Good Shepherd!

During these summer months our Daily Devotions will continue with Good Shepherd’s Pastors along with Jen Jarman and Matthew Petersen each taking turns writing them week by week.  The topics and themes will be as varied as the Staff members themselves!  We hope you will check us out each day as you continue your daily Vine Time with God.  Open yourself to what God is saying to you through this writing, and pray that the Spirit will bring forth fruit from your life for the sake of the world. 

Also, as a way to encourage each other, use the comment box at the end of each day’s devotion to leave a thought, a prayer or a reflection of your own.  

Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion
Pastor Pat Badkey

Daily Devotion

Praise the Lord 

As you come to the end of the book of Psalms, you begin to realize “it is all about the praise of God.”  There are about 49 praise psalms scattered throughout the whole book of Psalms.  However the last 5 psalms (146-150) all begin and end with the call, Praise the Lord!  They are sometimes called the Hallel psalms.  It is almost as if the whole psalter is coming to wonderful finale  so it needs to break forth is song because God has done such wonderful things.  Psalm 150 is an example of a psalm of praise and it celebrates God’s surpassing greatness.

Psalm 150 
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty firmament! 
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
    praise him according to his surpassing greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
    praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
    praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with clanging cymbals;
    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

The writer of this psalm seems to follow a formula and answers the questions such as where to praise God, why to praise God, how to praise God and who should praise God.  It seems to me that as these questions are answered in this psalm, the words themselves seem to gain momentum and draw you in so you almost find yourself wanting to shout the words or perhaps but them into song because everything that breathes should praise the Lord.  

As we come to the end of this week, where we have looked at the psalms daily, I am wondering how would you answer the questions:
Where do I like to praise God?
Why do I like  to praise God?
How do I like to praise God?
Who do I think should praise God?

I encourage you to take some time and answer these questions for yourself.  After you have done that,  then take a few minutes, let loose and just Praise the Lord!

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barbara watson

I love this Psalm!!! What uplifting and inspiring words to say out loud! It is because of God we have strength, happiness, and peace - what more could be more special to cheer about!

Yes - Praise Him for all these gifts and say it every day!

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