Words from the Heart for Sunday September 30th, 2018
Praise him, you kings of the earth and all nations. Praise him, all you princes and rulers on earth. Praise him, young men and women. Praise him, old men and children.
Psalm 148:11-12 (NIRV)
Praise from Human Beings
There is a place just for you among the voices lifted in praise to our God. We share the life and breath He has given us with all around us. The Lord is also worthy of praise from leaders of even the most powerful nations. Pray for your leaders locally and nationally. Let their voices rule in righteousness and honour the Lord who gives life to all.
Canada and Australia boast the world’s most liveable cities, according to a ranking announced last month. Calgary ranks fourth on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2018 Global Liveability Index, with Vancouver coming in at No. 6 and Toronto at No. 7. Australia also has three centres in the top 10: Melbourne in second spot, Sydney in fifth, and Adelaide in 10th. The measure of 140 cities surveyed is based on stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
We all have a role to play in our world. God has uniquely equipped us with gifts and talents, and when we discover what they are we are called to put them into use for His glory and the benefit of His kingdom. Some people are placed in positions of great responsibility and authority. Others are called to serve in less recognized, but no less important roles. By using the gifts and talents that God has given us, we offer praise to the One who created us. The Psalmist puts it this way in Psalm 148:11-12, “Praise him, you kings of the earth and all nations. Praise him, all you princes and rulers on earth. Praise him, young men and women. Praise him, old men and children.” Every single human being is called to offer praise to the God who created us and moulded us. Unlike the rest of creation, which praises God by their majesty or beauty or power, we must decide to offer praise. He never forces us to do so. If you have come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through faith, praise should pour forth naturally from your life and your lips. Does it?
These have been words from the heart.