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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 28, 2015

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TUESDAY, April 28

Psalm 48:1 Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised; in the city of our God is his holy hill.

Like many parents, I always made a point of praising my children when they were young. When they were little, they would show me their works of art. I would say to them “What a good job you did!” “That’s great!” And then I might say “So what is it?”

Many of the psalms are full of praise. Sometimes it is the king who is being praised. Sometimes it is God. But does God need us to praise God? It is an interesting question. I don’t think God needs our praises to build up God’s confidence and self-esteem.

Perhaps the main reason we need to praise God is not because it boosts up or changes God, but because it changes us. The more we praise God, the more we open our eyes to all that is praiseworthy in our lives and in the world around us. Praising God helps us focus on all that is good and holy in our lives.

PRAY for the Diocese of New York (Province II, The Episcopal Church)

Ps 45 * 47, 48; Wisdom 3:1-9; Colossians 1:15-23; Luke 6:12-26

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