The shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117, it is just two verses. Yet these two verses are immensely profound in their simplicity. You want to boil things down to the minimum and just look at the core of human existence? Then here you go:
“Praise the Lord, all you nations! Worship Him, all you peoples! Because God’s faithful love towards us is strong, the Lord’s faithfulness lasts forever! Praise the Lord!”
It doesn’t get much simpler than this, Praise the Lord. Worship Him. Because, He is faithful. His love is strong towards us and He is forever faithful. Thus, we should, Praise the Lord! No matter what you are facing, no matter what difficulties or trials befall you, Praise the Lord! In the good and in the bad, Praise the Lord! In the sun and in the rain, Praise the Lord! In life and in death, Praise the Lord! In sickness and in health, Praise the Lord! In the hardest of times and in the best of times, Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord,
you are loved,
Throughout our lives there are times it becomes easy to unintentionally be ashamed of being a Christian. Situations arise and perhaps you over hear a conversation in which Christianity is being put down. And rather than defend it we quietly walk away. That isn’t always the wrong decision. However, more often than not i believe it is an opportunity to share our faith. Paul throughout his ministry finds himself in difficult situations. However, he found resolve in knowing that to, “To live is Christ and to die is gain…”
Let these words of Paul resinate in your hearts and minds this week as you find yourself in situations or opportunities to share hope, life and love to those around you.
Philippians 1:20-24 (NLT)
20 For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. 21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.22 But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better.23 I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. 24 But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.
You are Loved,