300 Days for 300 Years: A Commemorative Devotional of the Presbytery of Philadelphia
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Elder Jean Beaton, Clerk of Session, Bridesburg Presbyterian Church

  • Morning Psalms Psalm 148:102
  • First Reading Amos 5:1-17
  • Second Reading Jude 1-16
  • Gospel Reading Matthew 22:1-14
  • Evening Psalms Psalm 130; 16

Praise the Lord

“Praise”– what a likable word. When we are its recipients, it warms our hearts. How good God must feel when God hears from us and praise comes first. At times we ask so many favors and blessings from God that we forget to offer praise first.

How easy it is to praise God when our lives are going well! Psalm 148 says we all should praise the Lord, young and old, rich and poor. We should praise God from the ends of the earth. What about the dark times when sickness or sadness takes over?

As people of faith, we remind ourselves and one another of God’s love poured out to us through the life, death, and resurrection of God’s own son, Jesus Christ. And still, our words are ones of praise and thanksgiving.

In this season of Advent, may we keep in mind the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and may we encourage one another to praise God continually, even when we are waiting in times of darkness.

Heavenly God, we lift your holy name up high and praise you for your love, grace, and blessings. Amen