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July 2014

"Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord." (Psalm 150:6)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you, and your loved ones. We are all fine, and enjoying the Summer season. This past winter was so difficult for all of us in NY, so we are not complaining about any heat! It is a blessing to be able to go outdoors, sit under a tree and just spend quiet time with the Lord. People are walking around, and everyone is talking to each other, renewing old friendships and making new friends. This is a perfect time to ask the Lord to show us who to speak to, and who may need to know Him, or who may need prayer. Everyone has a story to tell, everyone could use a listening ear. I try to make it a point to ask the Lord to direct me to someone, or direct someone to me to where I am sitting, so that we can begin a conversation. As we make ourselves open to the immediate world around us, the warm sun and laughter and joy of children playing helps us to relax. The Scriptures say to all who have breath, to praise the Lord. This is something that people wonder about, as they wonder how it is possible to keep praising Him when going through the rough times in life. Praise is something that all creation is called to do. Read Psalm 148. Everything including all of nature is called to praise Him! Everything that He creates in Heaven and on Earth is called to praise!

Sometimes we can find that difficult when going through a hard time. We wonder how we can do that while everything is going wrong in our lives! So, let us explore this for a few minutes. Put your feet up, relax, and let's get together to discuss this. We can agree that David went through trials and tribulations just as we do. Anyone living on this earth is a candidate for that, since this world is not Heaven. Jesus even said that on this earth we will have tribulation. "These things I have spoken unto you that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)  So, we can agree that no one is exempt. However… those in Christ have one thing in common… because Jesus has overcame the world, we will too since we have received Him into our heart, and He now lives in us. Glory! Therefore, we have His promises that are written in His Word that we are overcomers, and that nothing that we can go through can last forever! Now this is something to praise God about! David knew who he was in God. He lived to praise Him. He encouraged Himself by praising the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! As he praised, he felt better! He became less fearful! He had hope for the future!  And God never failed Him.  He knew that as he played his instruments with a loud and joyful noise that God would work on His behalf. His part was to praise, trust, and obey. 

Just think of the praises we will hear in Heaven! Imagine, God on His Throne with all the angels and elders and saints before Him, giving Him the highest and most glorious praise simply because of Who He is! Also, just think… We will be there forever and ever to enjoy eternity with Him. Glory!

Okay, let's get back to earth now. We are here, we go through winter seasons where it is so difficult, when it seems as if God is so far away. This is life… it is the way it is. And God has a purpose for it. Not that He brings on things to cause us grief, but He does allow circumstances in our life so that we can draw nearer to Him and know Him in a personal way. Without this, we will not have salvation. Salvation comes from a broken heart that needs to know that there is more to life than just living here, that this is all there is.  It is when we surrender ourselves to the Prince of Peace, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, and cast all of who we are to His feet to obtain mercy and peace that we find life eternal. It is when we suddenly wake up to know Jesus and the wonder of all that He has done for us, and then accept Him into our lives to live and work in us that we find true joy.

Have you asked Jesus to come into your life as your Lord and Savior yet? Or have you drawn away from Him, and need to come back? If so, He is calling you now to recommit your life, to call upon Him, to know that He loves you, and desires for you to receive Him fully into your life. Just call out His Name…. JESUS! …I surrender my life to You. I am sorry for my sins. I am sorry that I have grown cold. Please forgive me, and come into my life as my Lord and Savior. I give myself to You, and I praise You and thank You for dying for my sins. I believe that You Rose from the dead, and that you now live in me. Take over my life. Help me to draw near to You, fill my heart with all that You are. Thank You Jesus. Amen!

So, now that we have committed or re-committed our lives to Him, let us open our hearts to sing His praises! David encouraged himself with his praises to God. In times of great danger, and great stress wondering if he would come out of it alive, David kept praising His God. This is what strengthened him! As he praised God, with his voice, with his dance and with his instruments, God moved on His behalf and victory was won! Read Psalm 148. There is power in His Name, there is power in the Blood, there is power in the Cross, there is power in praise! It divinely connects us with the Great I AM, with the King of  Kings, with the Lord of Lords, with our Savior who loves us unconditionally!  Let us call upon Him daily, talk to Him, fellowship with Him, praise Him! Praise Him even in the hard times! Praise Him just because the Bible says "Let them praise the Name of the Lord for His Name alone is excellent; His glory is above the earth and heaven." (Ps. 148:13) 

If you are looking for answers, if you need that closer walk with God, if you need to know the recipe for living a victorious life, begin praising God right now, right in the middle of your circumstances. Praise will draw you closer to Him, it will open a brand new outlook on life and how you see things. Joy will come! Peace will be the result because you will see things in a different way. Your new closeness to God will open up doors of revelation in your life and circumstances. Joy will come!

Father, in Jesus Name I lift up this reader to You and ask that You reveal Yourself to him or her in a new way as praise fills this heart. I ask for joy, I ask for peace, I ask for breakthroughs in this life. Touch this person and let him or her never be the same! Thank You Father! Amen!

God bless you,

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.