Praise the Lord

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo all of those,

who bear His Name;

give praise to God,

share of His fame.

He must be praised,

now evermore;

from rising sun,

to distant shore.

His glory reigns,

throughout the earth;

to heaven’s home,

through second birth.

He is enthroned,

our God, most high;

He cares for us,

none can deny.

Raising the poor,

from ashen heap;

He dries the tears,

of those who weep.

Our place awaits,

in righteousness;

He grants favor,

amidst the mess.

God honors hearts,

to Him are true;

providing peace,

all praise to You.

 

(Responding to Psalm 113)
 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You alone are worthy of all our praise.  Thank You that Your love and faithfulness for those who follow, will not end.  Thank You that You are Lord over every tribe and nation, even if You are not yet known or received.  Forgive us for not presenting praise in all things and at all times.  Even in our deepest places of despair, we have reason to praise, as You will not leave us there.  We praise You for all that You are, and all that You do.  May our praises be ever presented before You.  Let our perpetual position of praise lead many to know the loving kindness that is found in You.  May the lost be found, and songs of sorrow turned to postures of praise.  All glory and honor to You, our holy Prince of Peace.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

The Reason for Reliance

image by AquaSonus

image by AquaSonus

In my times of distress,

I will call on the Lord.

Be it morning or night,

His help always outpoured.

He ransoms me safely,

through wages of war.

He hears my distress cry,

and brings peace to my core.

God’s forever enthroned,

all justice, His to serve.

The fearless and sinful,

will get what is deserved.

Cast your cares on the Lord,

for He always sustains,

He won’t let righteous fall,

His truth always remains.

Regardless of chaos,

or evil that surrounds,

I will trust in You, Lord;

in You, safely I’m found.

(Responding to Psalm 55:16-23)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our hiding place – our space of safety and security, regardless of what surrounds.  Thank You that You hear our every cry for Your help, and that You are answering, even when we don’t see the evidence.  Forgive us for wanting to play judge and jury for those who hurt us, and help us to remember that You alone are the Judge.  May we pray for those who persecute us, and bless those who curse us.  Teach us to live and love like You.  May our loving ways lead many to bring You praise, as they come to call You King.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present