Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, my soul! I will praise him as long as I live; I will sing to my God all my life. Don't put your trust in human leaders; no human being can save you. When they die, they return to the dust; on that day all their plans come to an end. Happy are those who have the God of Jacob to help them and who depend on the LORD their God, the Creator of heaven, earth, and sea, and all that is in them. He always keeps his promises; he judges in favor of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free and gives sight to the blind. He lifts those who have fallen; he loves his righteous people. He protects the strangers who live in our land; he helps widows and orphans but takes the wicked to their ruin. The LORD is king forever. Your God, O Zion, will reign for all time. Praise the LORD!
Pray: "It is wonderful to be grateful and to sing your praises, LORD Most High! It is wonderful each morning to tell about your love and at night to announce how faithful you are" (Psalm 92:1-2, CEV).
Reflect: What does it mean to meditate on the Scriptures? How often do you practice it? Would you say that most of your "self-talk" is positive or negative? How would your "self-talk" be affected if you were convinced that God listens to all of it and has definite responses to what we say to ourselves?
Respond: Experiment with prayer using the pattern of Psalms 145 - 150. Carry on a deliberate internal dialogue that begins with, "With all that I am, I will shout his praises." Include enough time of silence to let your whole self-participate in grateful acknowledgment of God.
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