Coach's Clipboard
Issue #491
January 22, 2018
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Praise the Lord

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Praise the Lord , O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.  Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- 
Psalm 103:1, 2 (NIV)

What a great Psalm to begin the New Year!  I believe David writes this beautiful psalm of praise late in life.  He's probably about 68 or 69 years old when he writes the psalm.  He has only about a year or a year-and-a-half left of his earthly journey.

Don't tell me you lose your song when you get older!  We ought to be practicing the Hallelujah Chorus.  David has been through so many sad experiences and I believe that the most recent one has been disobedience in the numbering of the people.  This psalm is pure praise.  There are no petitions.  David is truly facing his final years with a pure attitude of gratitude.

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Verse 1: "Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name."

When David uses the phrase "all my inmost being" he is saying "It's from the depths of my heart.  I'm not faking it."  He wants to be true and transparent in his praise to the Lord.  It's the real deal.  He's not going through the motions.  He is passionate about his praise.

Psalm 33:21: "In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name" (NIV).

Bill Bright says: "One of the greatest lessons I have ever learned is the importance of praise and thanksgiving.  The greater the problem, the more difficult the circumstances, the more important it is to praise God at all times, to worship Him for His sovereignty, love, grace, power, wisdom and might; for the certainty that he will fight for us, demonstrating His supernatural resources in our behalf."   (Promises, Day 155)

Verse 2:  "Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-"

You will notice it was "all my inmost being" in verse 1.  Now it's "all his benefits" in verse 2.  Verse 1 is focusing on the internal.  Verse 2 is focusing on the external.  

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His dealings with us.

Joni Eareckson Tada says: "A sacrifice of praise will always cost you something.  It will be a difficult thing to do.  It requires trading in our pride, our anger, and most valued of all, our human logic.  We will be compelled to voice our words of praise firmly and precisely, even as our logic screams that God has no idea what he's doing.  Most of the verses written about praise in God's Word were penned by men and women who faced crushing heartaches, injustice, treachery, slander, and scores of other intolerable situation."  
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1. Praise:  Praise the Lord.  Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens....Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord.
Psalm 150 (NIV) 

2. Pray: In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!"
Revelation 5:12 (NIV)
 
3. Pray: For the BTR Board of Directors as they seek to do God's will through Bible Teaching Resources.

4. Pray:  Continue to pray for the completion of the Preservation Project.  The staff is nearing completion of the first phase.  

5. Pray:  For guidance in how to market Don's teaching material to reach the general population.

Join together to sing Charles Wesley's great old hymn "O For a Thousand Tongues":

O for a thousand tongues to sing My great Redeemer's praise.  The glories of my God and King, The triumphs of His grace.
He breaks the power of canceled sin, He sets the prisoner free;  His blood can make the foulest clean; His blood availed to me.  My gracious Master and my God, Assist me to proclaim, To spread thro' all the earth abroad, The honors of Thy name."
Christ is All and in All,
 
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For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)