Of Stuffy Noses and Praise

I seldom think about breathing, that is until I get a flu/cold. Then, I think about it all the time, if my nose is stuffy, I have to breathe through my mouth and swallow air while at it. If it’s runny, I just want to turn off the tap within and inhale and exhale in peace, without pieces of tissue next to me.

A stuffy or runny nose can humble you; breathing and talking become a little difficult. Now when your child catches the flu and scares themselves with their snores as they sleep, you stop and thank God for your flu-less days. That was me last night. Thanking God for all the days we breathe normally and asking that the Lord would heal the little one and give her peace as she sleeps.

This morning, I read Psalm 150 and I was reminded to praise God at all times. Because He is good. His goodness is not defined or measured by my circumstances.

(Psalm 150:1-6 NLT)

Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heaven!
Praise him for his mighty works;
    praise his unequaled greatness!
Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
    praise him with the lyre and harp!
Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
    praise him with strings and flutes!
Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
    praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!

Praise the Lord!

One of my favorite songs in this season is “Let Praises Rise” by ORU Worship. I particularly like this cover by Trey McLaughlin. Be sure to listen out for the guitar after 03:30 🙂

The lyrics are my prayer this week. I pray that in all that I do and all that I am that God will be glorified. That praises will rise from the inside everyday that I have breath within me.

Are you feeling a little discouraged? Have the storms of life left you in a dark valley? Play some worship music and sing along. Allow the Spirit of the Lord to minister to you and encourage you. Praise the Lord for He is good, in all circumstances. Praise Him for He is before all things and in Him all things hold together. He is God.