Whatever Is Praiseworthy – Sat – 21-05-01

Have you ever saved the best for last? I often do this when eating. I’ll save the slice of toast with jam at breakfast, or the second helping of something delicious for the last thing I eat. This ends the meal with a good taste. Believe me, I don’t save back brussels sprouts in this way!

As we finish our focus on whatever is praiseworthy, I’ve saved the best for last. If you want to understand the definition of praiseworthy then think about God. Look at what he has done in creating the world! Marvel at his grace and love in sending Jesus to restore us to a right relationship with him! Break out of the rut of focusing on your daily routine and see his hand providing and caring for your needs! When we understand God’s action and character we should erupt in applause and praise!

In fact, this is the root of our purpose in life. In Ephesians 1, the concept of praise to God appears repeatedly. God’s saving work results in praise of him. This is echoed in 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) where it says we are chosen by God so we “may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

As we focus our thinking on the positive things of life, be sure that focus includes God.

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