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Say Don’t Say: Best Words Ever

"I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips." (Psalm 34:1)

During the last couple of weeks, we've talked about how we can us our words to destroy and how we can use them to heal, encourage, and build each other up. But the best thing we can do with our words — by far — is to give praise to God.

Why? For one, it's the most obvious thing we can talk about. We are surrounded every day by God's greatness and evidence of His love for us. Creation screams at us, "God is powerful, and He loves beauty!" Our soul screams at us, "I was hopeless without Jesus; then He rescued me!" To not talk about those things is as odd as finding an elephant in your school cafeteria one day and having nobody mention it.

We also praise Him because we love Him. He's not just the distant deity we worship. He's the Father who loves us, the one we're learning to love with all of our heart, soul, mind, and body. When your best friend does something really amazing — or really nice to you — you talk about it. You praise her for it. It should be natural to do the same with God.

Think: Does praise for God come naturally to your lips? Why or why not? How could you be more intentional about giving praise to God?

Pray: Tell God three reasons why you think He is great.

Do: Make a short list of 10 of God's best qualities. Make a point to mention each one to Him or someone else this week.

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