13 May 2013 – Psalm 68:4

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Sing praises to God and to His name!
Sing loud praises to Him who rides the clouds.
His name is the Lord—
rejoice in His presence!

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– Psalm 68:4 (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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Praising God

is an expression of joyful thanks

from men and women, who having come to know the Lord,

are transformed by His grace,

and are eternally grateful to Him

for having revealed Himself to them.

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We have been saved,

we have been redeemed,

we have been shown the Way,

we have been told the Truth,

we have been given new Life

– that should be more than enough reason

for us to praise God every day of our lives

…and for evermore!

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QUOTES…

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“The most deadly poison of our times is indifference.

And this happens,

even though the praise of God should know no limits.

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Let us strive, therefore,

to praise Him to the greatest extent of our powers.

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– St. Maximilian Kolbe

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“If Christ lives in us, we will rejoice in everything,

and we will thank and praise the Lord.

We will say, “Hallelujah! Praise the Lord” forever.

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– Watchman Nee

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“Happy moments, praise God.

Difficult moments, seek God.

Quiet moments, worship God.

Painful moments, trust God.

Every moment, thank God.”

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– anon

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PRAYER…

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My Lord and my God,

my Most High Jesus Christ,

I praise You, because You make me glad;

I seek You, because You give me comfort;

I worship You, because You are my God

and all that I am comes from You;

I trust in You, because I believe in Your promises;

I thank You, because I know that You love me so.

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I love You, Lord.

I praise and thank You.

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Amen.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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I praise and thank You, Lord.

I love You, Lord!

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YEAR OF FAITH 2012-2013

FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH…

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Praise is the form of prayer which recognises most immediately that God is God.

It lauds God for His own sake and gives Him glory, quite beyond what he does, but simply because HE IS.

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It shares in the blessed happiness of the pure of heart

who love God in faith before seeing Him in glory.

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By praise, the Spirit is joined to our spirits

to bear witness that we are children of God,

testifying to the only Son in whom we are adopted

and by whom we glorify the Father.

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Praise embraces the other forms of prayer

and carries them toward Him who is its source and goal:

the “one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist.” (1 Cor 8:6)

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[CCC 2639]

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