Words from the Heart for Saturday June 23rd, 2018
Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
Psalm 150:1 (NIV)
Praise Him in the Highest Heaven
Many wonderful buildings have been built for the purpose of worship to the Lord. We are reminded in this verse that the Lord’s sanctuary is not a building, large or small. Rather, the Lord’s praise is to ring out even from created places above the earth and from the unseen realm. Let our voices join in that praise.
Mount Logan is the highest mountain in Canada and the second-highest peak in North America, after Denali. The mountain was named after Sir William Edmond Logan, a Canadian geologist and founder of the Geological Survey of Canada. It is located within Kluane National Park Reserve in southwestern Yukon, less than 40 kilometres north of the Yukon/Alaska border. Mount Logan is the source of the Hubbard and Logan Glaciers and is believed to have the largest base circumference of any non-volcanic mountain on Earth.
There is a place for praise in our everyday lives. It is good to encourage others and is certainly Biblical – many of Paul’s epistles include words of praise for those within the body of Christ who have been faithful to Paul and his ministry. But there is a vast difference between giving encouragement to someone and praising the God of the Universe. As God, He alone deserves our praise and adoration. Psalm 150:1 says, “Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.” While this is a command, true praise comes not out of a sense of obedience, but out of a heart of love. True praise to God arises when we have experienced His love and grace. It simply pours forth out of gratitude and thanksgiving. Take time to think about all that God has done in your life – there is nothing like an inventory of blessings to create a heart of praise. Then take time to praise God for every good thing He has brought into your life. You will find it just pours from your heart to His mighty heavens.
These have been words from the heart.