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Praise the Lord Always!

Thanksgiving, PsalmMarci Anthony2 Comments

Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do His bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds. Psalm 148:7-10 NIV

Vacations are so thrilling. It is so wonderful to leave the routine and drudgery of daily life and just get away. Whether you have a “staycation” or a travel vacation, there is nothing more rejuvenating than a change from the day-to-day routine.

In October, my husband and I decided to travel to California and and visit Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. The national parks system in the United States is so awesome and as you can imagine, both of these national parks are true to their name. Yosemite is full of roaring waterfalls, rugged gray granite cliffs and mountains ready to be conquered with long arduous hikes. Sequoia is just as awesome but also so . . . inspiring.

Sequoia is covered with the huge, red-barked redwood trees. One of the largest and oldest trees is the General Sherman.  He is 275 feet tall, 79 feet in diameter and about 2000 years old. As I gazed upon this beautiful tree and others around him, I was awestruck. I stared with my mouth open attempting to comprehend the beauty and size of this tree. It just goes up and up and up. The branches reach to the heavens. I stopped and thought, “This tree was probably around when Jesus walked the earth.” Wow!!!

But the most remarkable thing about the redwood trees is that they appear as if they are praising God. These trees stretch toward the sky with their branches waving. They stand straight and strong as if praising God and glorifying His name. They are singing to Him. And, at that moment, I realized I should be declaring and praising His majestic name as well. Jesus is worthy to be praised! What a God! 

Well, vacation is over but life is not. I can’t physically see the trees anymore, but in my mind’s eye, I still visualize the majesty and splendor of those beautiful creations. Just as I praised and thanked Jesus in the park with those incredible trees, I can praise and thank Him here in my home, at work and even as I run errands.

Today I will stand like General Sherman praising the LORD from the earth.

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Dearest LORD, I praise and worship you. I thank you for who you are and the wonderful blessings you have given me. I don’t want to miss a day without giving thanks and praise to you. Amen. 

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