13 May

Praise Be to God

I was reminded today about the Washington Monument that brought me much insight. The Washington Monument towers above our nation’s capital and that bears his name, serving as an awe-inspiring reminder of George Washington’s greatness. The monument, like the man, stands in no one’s shadow. It is my understanding that it is designed to capture the 1st rays of sun as it rises in the mornings. Inscribed on the aluminum cap, notable names and dates in the monument’s construction are recalled, and on the east face, facing the rising sun, the Latin words “Laus Deo,” which translate to, “Praise be to God.”

As a nation as well as personally, it is hard to remember to “Praise God” when we are amidst trials like many are facing during the COVID 19 pandemic. The word of God is filled will “Praises to God” while individuals were going through multiple trials.

The word “Praise” is mentioned about 261 times in our English Bible, as I read through these references just soaking up the truths my eyes stumbled on a verse that caught my attention…

Psalms 28:7: “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”

Like the Washington Monument that absorbs the 1st rays of light reflecting “Praise be to God,” so may my life reflect Praises to the Lord most high that is worthy of all praise. As I praise the Lord the trials are easier to bear as my focus is on the one that is going to see me through the trial.

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