To the Praise of His Glorious Grace

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 89:1

From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16

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One of the riders in the Houston Rodeo Parade had this decoration on her horse’s saddle strap – her witness to Jesus Christ. February 2019

Al is a baseball fan. He travels to far-away places to attend spring training games. He follows his home team assiduously: stats, players, pending trades, and the disabled list players. When his team signs a key player, he’s all over it. He can’t stop talking about it! And when the playoffs come watch out. You won’t be able to get a word in edgewise.

Sarah and Brenda are good friends. They are also movie fans. They love Academy Awards night to the extreme. They dress up, get together, and watch the awards program. Watch out the next day. That’s all they’ll talk about.

Perhaps you know a Rodeo, country music, or Texas Barbecue fan. Get around him and he’ll talk your arm off. She’ll go on and on and on. Sometimes these folks are just too much. You tune them out. Their drone becomes white noise. Some, however, are truly engaging. They know their subject and they manage to engage you in talking about it.

Do you know someone, however who is willing to talk about God at the drop of a hat. They will tell you about God’s promises, power, past, and presence in their lives. They will engage you at your point of need and help you to see how you fit into God’s story of love and redemption.

The best of them will also stop you in your tracks with a truth that is so cogent that you simply must pause to consider the truth they speak. True praise speaks truth about God in a manner that causes you to reconsider your plight. True praise centers you in the glory of God, his faithfulness, and glory. True praise calls no attention to the praiser, but to God the One we properly praise.

You might be like Al, Shara, Brenda, or any other number of folks who have their special love. You might know all the statistics, players, stars, and recipes. Perhaps it’s time to learn more about God so you can tell his story, and bring him the glory he deserves and let the grace upon grace you have received overflow into other’s lives – to the praise of his glorious grace.

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