Bold Declarations

Although I said it, it doesn’t mean it is easy to do.

Psalm 146:1-10

Reference: “I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭146:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: Although I’m only in my mid-thirties I’m starting to realise there are some things I will not be able to do forever.

Jogging is not something my knees are going to allow me to do for too much longer. Staying up late and then being able to concentrate for the whole next day is not something I can even do now!

There are some things, however, I’m working hard to make last in my lifetime – important relationships being one of them.

At my wedding I vowed to love Cam until death do us part. Although I said it, meant it and confessed it before God, it doesn’t mean it is easy to do.

And there are other important relationships I intend to work on too. While I haven’t made a public vow to my family and friends, I am certainly committed to seeing them through to the end.

Application: In the Bible the Psalmist commits to “praise the Lord all my life”. This is THE most important relationship we should commit to building for our whole lives.

Most of you have probably even made a public declaration of your commitment. It may have been putting your hand up in a worship service, quietly giving your heart to Christ in private or even declaring your faith through a ceremony, like a baptism.

Either way, this relationship takes work. Just because we declare it doesn’t mean it will always be easy.

That’s why I love the psalmist’s bold statement.

You can be assured that in his lifetime he had seasons where he struggled to praise the Lord, but he stated what he desired his life to be.

Let’s all make a bold statement to God of what we hope our lives will be.

Prayer: Lord, may I stand boldly in Your name. Forgive me when I falter in giving You praise. I declare today that You are my God and worthy of my worship forever. Amen.

What will you proclaim about how you would like to live your life?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.