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Give Praise to the Lord

Updated: Jan 17

"Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted." Isaiah 12:4

As I was studying Isaiah chapter 12 this morning, verse four stood out like a brilliant red cardinal perched on a bare tree limb. God wanted my attention. I began to praise Him, to thank Him for washing away my sins, thanking Him for knowing me--a nobody--by name. I started to write in my journal...

Then, in my spirit, God said, "notice what proclaim really means!" To proclaim is to announce officially or publically. So I knew I had to publicly announce this message, even in a simple blog post like this one.

But who is listening? In the wilderness of cyberspace, a lone Christian may feel insignificant, perhaps even questioning if their writing has any meaning and purpose. They may quietly think to themselves...God couldn't possibly hear the praises of the "nobody's" among a multitude of "somebody's."

But God is always listening. He blesses the obedient "nobody" and humbles the disobedient "somebody." Thus, if He says, "make known to the nations what He has done," we know what we must do! The method we use to praise Him to the nations is irrelevant. Even if only God hears it, delivering our message creates the meaning and purpose behind our obedience.

Are you, as a "nobody" or a "somebody," praising the Lord and sharing it in public? We know that His name will be exalted because He alone is worthy.

Prayer: Lord, I pray that You hear the praises of Your children as they proclaim Your name to the nations. Whether they write for You or speak on Your behalf, bless them abundantly for their faithfulness. In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen!

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Image of Dr. Trace Pirtle sitting on park bench identified as Jesus.

Greetings, I'm Trace!
I'm a retired counselor education professor who spent 35 years in the "helping professions." I'm a U.S. Air Force veteran who served as a Missile Launch Officer with I.C.B.M's during the Cold War (1980's). Today, I'm an "all-in" believer working full-time for our Lord Jesus Christ. I've included my personal testimony if you are interested. 
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Trace Pirtle

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