There are only two possible responses to every trial and testing we experience in life:  we either soften our hearts toward God or we harden our hearts toward God.  The heart that makes a habit of praising God during good times will find it easier to praise Him during life’s tough times.  Take David’s advice in this psalm and sing, give thanks, worship, and bow down in the Lord’s presence today.       ….Marilyn Hickey

Come, let’s shout praises to God; raise the roof for the Rock who saved us!  Let’s march into his presence singing praises, lifting the rafters with our hymns!  And why?  Because God is the best, High King over all the gods.  In one hand he holds deep caves and caverns.  In the other hand grasps the high mountains.  He made Ocean–he owns it!  His hands sculpted Earth!  So come, let us worship; bow down before him, on your knees before God, who made us!   Oh, yes, he’s our God, and we’re the people he pastures, the flock he feeds.

Drop everything and listen, listen as he speaks, “Don’t turn a deaf ear as in the Bitter Uprising, as in the day of the Wilderness Test, when your ancestors turned and put me to the test.  For forty years they watched me at work among them, as over and over they tried my patience and I was provoked–oh, was I provoked!  ‘Can’t they keep their minds on God for five minutes?  Do they simply refuse to walk down my road?’  Exasperated, I exploded.  They’ll never get where they’re headed, never be able to sit down and rest.'” Message Bible

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