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Wednesday, September 03, 2008
I have just finished the wonderful study A Place of Quiet Rest (subtitled Finding Intimacy With God Through a Daily Devotional Life), by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. One of the chapters gives many of the reasons why we should incorporate a time of praise to God in our daily quiet time. Even though I was already doing this on a regular basis, I was challenged to spend even more time praising God each morning. Many of the reasons for praising God were ones I was familiar with. But the quote that follows was such an encouragement to me! Here it is:
"We should praise God because praise defeats Satan. Satan hates praise, because Satan hates God and anything that exalts or pleases God.
"One of Satan's strategies is to get us to focus on ourselves -- our needs, our problems, our circumstances, our feelings. When we lift our eyes up, though they may be filled with tears, and choose to praise the Lord, Satan's plan is defeated and God is victorious in our lives."
Isn't that wonderful? Many times of late I have found myself praising God even though my eyes are filled with tears. He is so good -- all the time!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.