Good To See You

Everyone is a stranger at this point in time

Psalm 112:1-10

Reference: v.1 Praise the Lord.
Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: Having recently moved I have only met one family on our street. Everyone is a stranger at this point in time, but I am looking forward to getting to know all my neighbours better.

The other day I was jogging along our street when I saw a gentleman and a young boy jogging towards me. Despite them being on the other side of the street, I always like to smile and say hello to anyone I meet, and so, I did so when we passed each other by.

The gentleman gave me a big smile in return and said the words, “Good to see you.”

They carried on their way past me, but those four words have stuck with me all week. He had said it was good to see me. What an incredibly positive and affirming thing to say.

At a time when everyone still felt like a stranger, an unknown person made me feel important and truly seen by just saying four simple words.

Little does he know that I was so taken by these words that I’m totally going to steal his line and I intend to use those words towards others.

Application: Psalm 112 starts out with the words “Praise the Lord.” In fact, Psalm 111, 112 and 113 all start out the same.

What a great way to start an engagement with the Word. Psalm 111 goes on to say how wonderful God is, Psalm 112 goes on to say how blessed God’s followers are, and Psalm 113 goes on to say how and why we should praise God.

All different topics but all beginning with ‘Praise the Lord’.

Words can certainly set the tone for our day. As soon as the jogging gentleman said, ‘Good to see you’ to me, I felt important and elated.

Imagine if we started each and every day saying ‘Praise the Lord.’ Although we know that trials and temptations will come our way, knowing that we have set the tone for our day in a positive way can greatly change the outlook of what is to come.

Prayer: Lord, no matter what happens in our lives there is always reason to praise You. May we start each new day with praise for You on our lips. Amen.

What words of praise do you have for God today?

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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.

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