Psalms is the longest book in the Bible. The Book of Psalms has been known as a Book of Praises because almost every psalm contains some expression of Praise to God.
Psalms 150:6, the last verse in the entire Book of Psalms encourages us by saying, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” As we acknowledge the day we refer to as Easter for 2022, I encourage you, please don’t hold your breath.
God breathed the breath of life into Adam. And since Adam, every living thing has that same breath of life. You cannot live without having the life-giving breath of life in you. The Book of Psalms is simply reminding us that we should make it an intentional act to use our breath to Praise the Lord.
The day we call Easter today was in Jesus’s time a special day of praise. The day was so important that it is described in each of the Gospel Books of the bible—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The account in the book of Luke tells us that a week before He would be crucified, Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem riding on a donkey. His disciples were with Him.
And a great multitude of people who had been following Him were also with Him. Luke 19:37 says, “Then, as He was drawing near to the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice.”
Something that was so good was happening right before their eyes. It was so good that they could not contain themselves. So, on this Easter let me encourage you. Don’t hold your breath! The same good things that happened before are still happening for us today, and more so!
The breath of life can give life to dead bones; it will give life to the dead things around you. So instead of finding the breath to utter complaints about how your life is going, use every breath of your life to praise the Lord. You have much more to be grateful for than to complain about. Don’t hold your breath.
Instead of finding the breath to find fault in others, use every breath of your life to praise the Lord for how He covers the faults we have in ourselves. Don’t hold your breath.
Instead of finding the breath to criticize others for what they do, use every breath of your life to praise the Lord for keeping you from doing some of the very things you criticize others for doing. Don’t hold your breath.
Instead of finding the breath to speak lowly about the unsaved, use every breath of your life to praise the Lord for keeping you from being an unsaved person. Don’t hold your breath.
And instead of finding the breath to be silent about who the Lord is, use every breath of your life to praise the Lord for all the things He does to sustain the life you live here on earth. Don’t hold your breath.
I don’t know that God gave us the breath of life just so we could praise Him, but I believe every breath we take should be taken for Him. God breathed into us the breath of life. Jesus died for us so we could have eternal life. So then, we should breathe His breath into the world.
Let everyone who has breath in them praise the Lord. Don’t hold your breath. When you breathe but you are silent, someone else will offer the praise you should have offered. Don’t let your silence awaken the noise of praise that will come from others who cry out to the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Let this Easter be the time you start praising the Lord because you have breath that won’t let you be silent any longer. Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord!
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