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    Word Wisdom

    Words are important.   What we text to people can make a difference. What we post on Facebook matters.   Our words can encourage or discourage.  We can stir up more fear and confusion or we can be agents of hope.  The things we say or write can put up walls or build relational bridges that can bear the weight of truth.

    During these days, we have tremendous opportunity to speak true words that encourage and catalyze praise and glory to God---which is good for the soul.  

    Here is one way to be intentional about that:

    Psalm  34:1

    “I will praise the Lord at all times.

    I will constantly speak his praises.”

     

    Wait, “constantly” speak His praises?  Like with every breath and every word?

    That doesn’t mean living in denial, we need to be real.  The rhythm over and over again in the Psalms and Prophets is brutal honesty that is expressed with real words of struggle-----but then comes a soul system reset by the power of praise.

    That is my commitment today, that no matter what the circumstances I will choose to hit the reset button with a prayer into the place of “praising the Lord at all times.” 

    God is worthy of that kind of commitment.

     

    REAL words:

    "How long, O Lord, must I call for help?  But you do not listen.  Violence is everywhere!  I cry, but you do not come to save.  Must I forever see these evil deeds?  Why must I watch all this misery?"   (Habakkuk 1:2-3)

    RESET words:

    "...yet I will rejoice in the Lord!  I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!"  (Habakkuk 3:18)

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