Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 22:50

As we continue our Novena of Thanksgiving and Praise, Harry Iroside reminds us, “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” A. B. Simpson wisely taught, “When you cannot rejoice in feelings, circumstances or conditions, rejoice in the Lord.”
Brethren, praise is the delight and strength of the spirit. A good summary of David’s whole character and attitude through life can be found in the verse of our scripture reference: “For this I will praise You, O Lord, among the nations, and sing praises to Your name.” His royal declaration of praise to the God of Israel is both personal worship and a kingly decree.
C. S. Lewis observed, “I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment…” As an insightful preacher once shared, “Demons flee the presence of a saint who is praising God. It reminds them of what they used to do before their fall, and they cannot stand to be reminded of what they lost.”
Share this testimony with us: “Life for the chronically ill can be troublesome for their family and caretakers as well as the patient. I was feeling very low as some life challenges piled higher and higher and the road of life itself seemed to be winding and twisting into the future. I longed for a clearer, straighter path, just as I longed for my wife’s cancer recovery. “What’s so difficult about life is that it is such a daily hopelessness. My wife Nancy, occupied with one of her jigsaw puzzles, suddenly began to sing softly a praise chorus. “This is the day…” and she halted, waiting on me to join in by singing the echoing refrain. I did NOT feel like singing let alone praising, but nonetheless I responded. Then she continued: “That the LORD has made!” OK! OK! I repeated the lyrics. Then Nancy sang on: “We WILL rejoice and be glad in it!” Cancer and seizures may have damaged her voice but not her spirit. God used my sweet wife as His instrument to call me to PRAISE at a moment when my worries were about to kill me by increasing my HBP. But this “forced” celebration and my own cooperative act of the will resulted in a moment of delight. My burdens did not press so heavy. And the smile in my heart as well as on my face became genuine! Beloved, PRAISES empowered me, granted me the joy I have lost for a while.

MASS: GREEN 2 Sam 15:13-14. 30; 16:5-13a; Ps 3:2-3. 4-5. 6-7 (R.7c); Accl.Lk 7:16; Mk 5:1-20

Prayer Points:
1. Just praise and worship God with songs for at least 25 minutes.
2. Take the Daily Strength Devotional Prayer for the New Year (2018).

Exercise: Read the daily exercise recommended for the novena and take the Day Four of the novena in “Amen: It is Done”. Also Join the Daily Strength Prayer Network (DSPN) tomorrow Tuesday
DSPN Prayer Points
1. Take only the prayer points from the prayer, “21 days mid-night warfare prayers for dominion and favour” in AMEN IT IS DONE, page 52
2. Pray for the grace to wait for the answered prayers during the fasting period. Habakkuk 2:2-3

Meditation: Psalms 147:7.

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