Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Yes, indeed, God desires all of our praise, no matter what we are going through.
The last few of years have been tough for most of the world. I know more than a few people, who are Christians, who had some real questions for God. We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t ask why.
People who read the Sacred Journey Devotionals sometimes ask me why I include music videos in my devotionals. The main reason is because music can get inside crevices of the heart that words cannot.
When our hope is teetering on the ledge. praise and worship music can pull someone back from walking away from God. One of the only things that has kept me during any season of hardship is music that uplifts my spirit and gives me hope.
There is a song by Tramaine Hawkins entitled, “I Never Lost My Praise.” The words to this song always cries out to me to remind me that I’m not the only one going through something. The song shifts the focus from me and places it back on God. I pray that this song blesses you the way it does me every time I let it wash over me.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
New International Version
2 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom(A) as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a]2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.(B)3 I came to you(C) in weakness(D) with great fear and trembling.(E)4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,(F) but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,(G)5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.(H)
Today, across America, we celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Originally born Michael, Dr. King’s name was changed to Martin Luther King, after his father learned about the work and message of Catholic monk, Martin Luther. Martin Luther was the father of the Protestant Reformation. His nailing of the 95 Thesis changed the way many believed and consequently gave birth to the Lutheran denomination.
Today, our nation looks back on the work and life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King dared to dream that life could be different. He believed that one day a person’s character would be more important than their color. He believed in the equality of all human beings. He, like so many others that tried to make positive change, gave his life as the ultimate sacrifice to the vision of love he believed in. Today, we lift up the good work he began and we carry the torch on that is burning inside each of us. Make today an amazing day, as you give honor to the legacy and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jrq.
We bless you and lift up your glorious name. Continue to help our nation walk in love. Continue to not let our hearts be comfortable around injustice and hate. As your children, we have been called to be ambassadors of love and unity. Let us not grow weary of the journey, on the road to hope. Allow each of our lives to be keenly aware of the calling we have before us. Let us not give up, as we continue to dare to dream. Taken from the lines of the song we proudly love to Lift Every Voice and Sing, “Let us march on till victory is won.” In the matches and perfect name of your only begotten Son and our Holy Redeemer, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.