Coach's Clipboard
Issue #484
December 4, 2017
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Acts of Praise

Praise the Lord.  Praise  God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.  Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.  ...Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord.
Psalm 150:1, 2, 6 (NIV)

The Lord is my strength and my song he has become my salvation.  He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.  Exodus 15:2 (NIV)

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.  Hebrews 13:15 (NASB)

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)




Acts of Praise


My dear friends, brothers and sisters of Christ, I am sharing with you a prayer from "Acts of Praise - Your Most Basic Act of Worship," from the 31 Days of Praise by Ruth Meyers.


Lord, I'm Yours.  Whatever the cost may be, may Your will be done in my life.  I realize I'm not here on earth to do my own thing, or to seek my own fulfillment or my own glory.  I'm not here to indulge my desires, to increase my possessions, to impress people, to be popular, to prove I'm somebody important, or to promote my self.  I'm not here even to be relevant or successful by human standards.  I'm here to please you.


I offer myself to You, for You are worthy.  All that I am or hope to be, I owe to You.  I'm Yours by creation, and every day I receive from You life and breath and all things.  And I'm Yours because You bought me, and the price You paid was the precious blood of Christ.  You alone, the Triune God, are worthy to be my Lord and Master.  I yield to You, my gracious and glorious heavenly Father; to the Lord Jesus who loved me and gave Himself for me; to the Holy Spirit and His gracious influence and empowering.


All that I am and all that I have I give to You.


I give You any rebellion in me, which resists doing Your will. I give You my pride and self-dependence, which tell me I can do Your will in my own power if I try hard enough.  I give You my fears, which tell me I'll never be able to do Your will in some areas of life.  I consent to let You create within me, moment by moment, both the desire and the power to do Your will.


I give You my body and each of its entire inner being: my mind, my emotional life, my loved marriage or my hopes for abilities and strengths and status (high or low) past, my present, and my future...when and how I'll go Home.


I'm here to love You, to obey You, to glorify You.  O my Beloved, may I be a joy to You!


Other gleanings I have shared with you over the year come from the following works, all of which I highly recommend:


The Valley of Vision

by Arthur Bennett


Hinds' Feet on High Places

by Hannah R. Hurnard


Lord, Could You Hurry a Little!

by Ruth Harms Calkin


As your sister in Christ I am suggesting that you include this prayer for a month with your devotional material.  It will feed your soul.

   Q uotes
Need of Jesus
I am blind, be thou my light, ignorant, be thou my wisdom, self-willed, be thou my mind.

Open my ear to grasp quickly thy Spirit's voice, and delightfully run after his beckoning hand; Melt my conscience that no hardness remain, make it alive to evil's slightest touch; When Satan approaches may I flee to thy wounds, and there cease to tremble at all alarms.

Be my good shepherd to lead me into the green pastures of thy Word, and cause me to lie down beside the rivers of its comforts.  Fill me with peace, that no disquieting worldly gales may ruffle the calm surface of my soul.

Thy cross was upraised to be my refuge, Thy blood streamed forth to wash me clean, Thy death occurred to give me a surety, Thy name is my property to save me, By thee all heaven is poured into my heart, but it is too narrow to comprehend thy love.

I was a stranger, an outcast, a slave, a rebel, but thy cross has brought me near, has softened my heart, has made me thy Father's child, has admitted me to thy family, has made me joint-heir with thyself.

O that I may love thee as thou lovest me, that I may walk worthy of thee, my Lord, that I may reflect the image of heaven's first-born.  May I always see thy beauty with the clear eye of faith, and feel the power of thy Spirit in my heart, for unless he move mightily in me no inward fire will be kindled.
p. 102
The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions edited by Arthur Bennett

But what if we decided to submit to God's will in every situation?
What if, instead of doing what comes naturally, we obeyed God?  This is what that might look like: We'd show love to our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.  We'd submit to our husbands, even when we disagree.  We'd honor our parents, even when they're difficult.  We'd pray instead of worry.  We'd forgive instead of holding a grudge.  We'd confess our self-reliance.  We'd submit to God's will.
p. 4/9
Take My Heart, O God: Riches from the Greatest Christian Women Writers of All Times by Sarah Young

God himself bridged the chasm.  In the darkness of an eclipsed sun, he and a lamb stood in the Holy of Holies.   He laid the lamb on the altar.   Not the lamb of a priest or a Jew or a shepherd but the Lamb of God.  The angels hushed as the blood of the Sufficient Sacrifice began to fall on the golden altar.  Where had dropped the blood of lambs, now dripped the blood of life.
            "Behold the Lamb of God."
            And then it happened.  God turned and looked one last time at the curtain.
            "No more."  And it was torn . . . from top to bottom.  Ripped in two.
            "No more!"
            "No more curtain!"
            "No more sacrifices!"
            "No more separation!"
            And the sun came out.
p. 80
Shaped by God by Max Lucado
daughter-father-kiss.jpg Prayer Requests
       & Praises

1. Pray:  I will proclaim the name of the Lord.  Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
Deuteronomy 32:3 (NIV)

2. Pray: Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just.  And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.  Daniel 4:37 (NIV)
3. Pray: Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.  Romans 15:7 (NIV)

4. Praise:  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Ephesians 1:3 (NIV)

5. Pray: With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord; in the great throng I will praise him.  For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save his life from those who condemn him.  Psalm 109:30, 31 (NIV)

6. Praise: Hallelujah!  You who serve God, praise God!  Just to speak his name is praise!  Just to remember God is a blessing - now and tomorrow and always.  From east to west, from dawn to dusk, keep lifting all your praise to God!
Psalm 113:1-3 (The Message)
7. Pray: For God's direction for the BTR Board of Directors.
8. Pray: Continue to pray for the completion of the Preservation Project.

Prayer: Praise to the Lord, the almighty, the king of creation!

God has truly blessed us, sing with me Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
by Thomas Ken

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host.
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Praise His holy name,
Pearl Anderson

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)