Thursday, June 7, 2007

The Book of Remembrance

Maggie Wade is a dear friend of mine. Not only are we co-workers, but we are prayer partners, too. When I asked her the other day how she was doing, she said "I'm stressed but blessed." That was her way of saying "I'm hanging in there but God is good."

How many times a day do you praise God? For my mother, there is no telling. When I was growing up, I'd often hear her blurt "praise God" when she heard good news from a friend, finally got a recipe to work or had one of her students ultimately get what square roots were all about. Mom was never at a loss for praising God.

Did you know that God makes note of our praise? In Malachi 3:16 it says, "Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored His name." If we are doing nothing more than sitting at lunch with a friend and speaking about some wonderful things God has done, we are praising Him. The Bible says God likes those conversations and when He hears them, He gets out His book of remembrance and records them. Notice He does not record our murmuring, grumbling, or complaining but He records the words we speak when praise is on our lips. That's powerful stuff.

As you go through your day, take a moment to whisper sentences of praise--praise for your safety, your health, your stable job, anything that literally comes to your mind. And just imagine your Heavenly Father picking up His pen and writing down your praise to Him.

1 comment:

Tommy, Suzanne, and Mary Peyton said...

i'm so glad that He doesn't record the whining and complaining. that's just another reason He is so good!!!!