A Year To Praise

“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

Psalm 100:3-5

As we enter into the new year, there is much to be grateful for. The year was full of surprises and it was impossible to know all that would happen this past year. Sadly, we have lost some we love as the passing years bring the end of life for those we hold dear. We are foolish to think we can control anything, but if we have learned from this past year in particular, we have learned life is unpredictable. The saying goes, “If you want to make God laugh, then tell Him your plans.” There is no planning against God, and only He knows what the future will bring.

One of the many characteristics about our God is that He is unchanging. Hebrews 13:8 states, “Jesus Christ (is) the same yesterday and to day, and for ever.” I do not know what this coming year will bring, but I do know that my God will be the same as He has always been throughout the ages. He will be in control as He has always been in control, and He will be as trustworthy in this upcoming year as He has been since the beginning of time. I know some may worry entering into the New Year, but we are to trust and hope in our God and not in ourselves or what we think we can do or plan. Philippians 4:6 states, “Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” We have a God who is not too busy to hear our prayers, and He even commands us to pray for all things at all times. There is no burden too great and no concern too small. He is the God of the heavy burdens as well as the troubles that seem petty and insignificant.

One of the things I would like to do this coming year is to not allow a day go by in which I do not praise my God for all that He is and all that He does and will do. If you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then He is your God and you are His child. We can choose to complain this year, or we can be thankful for all that God allows into our life whether or not we think it is good. Ecclesiastes 7:14 states, “In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set (appointed) the one over against (as well as) the other, to the end that man should find (out) nothing (that will come) after him.” God is good all the time and in all situations whether we choose to agree with it or not.

Will you praise Him for His goodness? Will you thank Him for all that He has done for you? In heaven, we will spend all eternity praising His name, so we might as well start now. Our God is a merciful God and His mercy is everlasting and is available to all. How will you spend the new year? Will you grumble your way through it, or will the world know you serve an amazing God? May we start this year with praise on our lips and a song in our heart, and may we bless the name of the One who died for us and meets all of our needs. Isaiah 25:1 states, “O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.” Amen and amen!

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