Praise the LORD!
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the LORD,
studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
the LORD is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy;
they are established forever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name!
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!
I'm going to start on a journey today. I don't know what it's going to look like or whether I will be able to endure to the finish, but I have a goal. I'm going to live out Psalm 111 daily in 2011. I can guarantee that I will not do it perfectly, and I know that I will stumble along the way. No matter what comes my way each day, I'm going to make myself sit down and recount the great works of the Lord in my life each day. I am convinced that He is at work in my life daily, and that every single day that I am given breath on this earth is meant for His glory.
So that's what I'm going to do. I am going to find the everyday grace that the Lord gives, through my sinful discontentment or pouting or anger or grumpiness or impatience.
"I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation." (Psalm 111:1)
So here it goes. I'll begin my own quest to daily give thanks and honor my Maker publicly in the congregation, in the company of the upright, not for my own esteem or glory, but so that His name may be praised among the peoples... or whoever might stumble upon this dinky blog.