"but i will HOPE continually, and will PRAISE You yet more and more" [psalm 71:14] "for out of the overflow of our hearts, the mouth speaks" [luke 6:45]
i will HOPE continually. i will PRAISE more and more.
i look at this verse and it's challenging me to the core. it's such a simple verse, yet it's piercing my heart. as i was reading this, i asked myself the question, "do i hope continually? and do i praise more and more?"
or are there moments when i find myself becoming hopeless and ungrateful.? an ungrateful heart is one that finds no reason to praise.
i WILL hope and praise....
the psalmist commanded his soul to hope and to praise. so shall i do mine. no matter the circumstances. no matter the surroundings. no matter the situation at hand. no matter how people around me piss me off or irritate me. no matter how much money (or lack thereof) i see in the bank.
i will hope continuously and praise MORE AND MORE.
more and more...does my life express fresh praise? what new testimony am i declaring that is giving glory to my King? has my praise become stale? am i continuing to look for creative ways to express how thankful and grateful i am to my Lord who has saved me and done great things for me? creative ways like declaring his works to others, sharing the gospel to other people, choosing to let positive and thankful things come out of my mouth instead of grumbling and complaining and gossiping.
out of the overflow of my heart... my mouth [via facebook status, my twitter updates, my instagram posts, the tone of voice i use to talk to my loved ones] speaks.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
i wonder....what are others hearing that is overflowing from my heart when i open my mouth?
Dear God, help me to continously put my hope in You and not in circumstances, man, or others idols. help me sing your praises more and more. Gently nudge my heart to find reasons to sing your praise, especially in the midst of circumstances or confusion or irritation or fear. help my mouth overflow with good and positive things, filled with praise and hope. You are my reason to sing and to worship and i thank you that you are the Rock in whom i can put my hope on. I praise you for your unending love and your grace in my life. Amen.
what are others hearing from your mouth when you speak?