"Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard" (Psalm 66:8, ESV).
Family, on Day 14 of our Dedication, I ask you to bless our God and let the sound of His praise be heard and seen in you!
If you're just joining us, we're taking 21 days in the beginning of 2021 to dedicate all that we are to Him. This is meant to draw us closer to Him and ask for Him to continue to be our comfort, our shield, our refuge and our strength! As we participate in this dedication, we are putting our words into action. We are showing Him we are dedicated to Him in many ways, prayer, worship, Bible reading, fasting, etc. Please listen to Pastor Tim's dedication message from January 3rd for more on the dedication.
Back to the main point: whether you are working today (like my beautiful wife) or you are off and getting to relax, bless the Lord! Whether you've got errands or chores to do, bless the Lord! If you are feeling downcast, bless Him. If you are overjoyed, bless Him! The state of our hearts does not affect whether or not we bless and praise Him. He is worthy of our blessing and praise at all times. NO MATTER WHAT.
Let me give you some ideas on how to bless/praise Him today:
If you need an oil change, praise Him that you have a car.
If you need to pick up leaves today, praise Him that snow has finally melted enough to let you pick up those leaves. I still probably won't pick up leaves in my backyard, but hey, I'll give myself grace. :)
If you need to pay a bill today, praise Him for providing enough for that bill.
If you need extra strength to take care of some kiddos today, praise Him for that strength ahead of time.
If you are feeling burdened with an urge to take BBQ to someone's house, I will bless Him by giving you my address!
I'm having some fun here, and I hope some of that made you chuckle. The life of God is a joyous one, and I hope you experience His joy as you bless and praise Him. Have fun praising Him; have fun blessing Him. Have fun listening to "10,000 Reasons" while you bless and praise Him. That's a great way to wrap your head around blessing the Lord. So I urge you once more, "Bless the Lord!"
-Pastor Tim Escamilla