One Minute of Praise

I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works— and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you.
They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might,
so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.
The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.  Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

  • Psalm 145:1-21

“In his book The One Minute Manager, Kenneth Blanchard discusses the concept of “’one-minute praising.’ The idea is to find someone doing something right and then spend at least a full minute praising that person.  Try it sometime this week.  You might find the task is more difficult than it sounds.

“Today’s scripture [Ps. 145:2] is found in David’s ‘Psalm of Praise.’  It is believed this Psalm was written after he conquered Goliath and is sometimes called ‘David’s crown jewel of praise.’  The Jewish people memorize this Psalm and recite it three times a day.  It is an acrostic using the Hebrew alphabet to make it easy to remember.  It is considered a complete praise to God.  The Bible commands His praise (Psalm 117).  It’s why you were created (Isaiah 43:21).  The number of things you could ‘catch God doing right’ is immeasurable.

“Are you stopping in the midst of your day to praise Him, even for a minute? Be sure to do this and make it a beloved habit. …  He inhabits praise (Psalm 22:3) and through the praise of those who love Him, His presence will be made known throughout the nation.”

  • Presidential Prayer Team Devotion

I have been on an unintentional ‘to-do’ list kick for a few days.  First, I personally need to get out more, interact with the ‘world.’  If not, my words that I write have less meaning, if I do not do them.  Secondly, I wrote about praying more and how I did not pray enough in my life – especially the listening part, as I look back on it.  But looking back is always 20:20. 

Today, I want to focus on a part of prayer that I neglect, often, and I am sure that I am not alone.

Do you praise God for a minute each dat?  Let’s see.  There are 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day.  That gives us 1,440 minutes in which to choose to be our minute of praising God.  Just 0.069% of our day, or 6.9 one-hundredths of a percent.  Compare this to the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that ‘scientists’ say is wrecking the planet (0.041%), but that is a story for another day.

I have prayed a blessing at the table – on many occasions – with an odd interruption.  You know, the usual about blessing the food, blessing the hands that prepared the food, blessing us as we are nourished to do God’s work, etc.  Then I stop myself, and say that we only ask these things because God is the God of the universe and He loves us and only He has the power to do all that blessing.

Sad.  Pathetic.

Sure, there are the hundred times each day that something happens and you suddenly realize that God had just saved you from injury, financial loss, etc. and you lift up a quick ten seconds of “Praise you, Lord.  Thank you, Jesus.”  But I am talking about a concentration of nothing but praise, not even the ‘thank you.’

There has been a movement in churches in the past decade or so to incorporate A-C-T-S into our prayer life.  I think that the late R. C. Sproul said it best when he said that if we spend adequate time Adoring God and praising Him, Confessing to God that we are sinners in need of Him, Thanking God for all that we can think of that He has done for us (hinting that we could never think of everything), we would be left with little time for Supplication, asking God for help and worse asking God for ‘stuff.’

I’ve got an idea from the devotion above.  What we need to do is praise the person who is our nearest and dearest for at least a minute.  That set’s the mark, and we should have enough material to work with unless we are the ultimate of hermits.  Then we need to start writing things down, if we must, to do the same for God.

Bur David already did that.

When I inserted the Scripture above, I read it out loud.  I read silently a lot, but when I read out loud, I stumble through it as if I had a poor education.  My reading comprehension is ‘off the charts’, but the official testing only goes up to a ‘grade level’ of 12.9, at least the last time I was tested.  My stumbling comes from my glossophobia, fear of public speaking.  God has taught me to overcome that fear in speaking.  I can easily stand in front of 500+ people and deliver a talk.  I can even be animated, but please do not have me read anything.  With that said, it took me 2 minutes and 52 seconds to read Psalm 145, or less than 0.2% of my day.  Two or three times, I stopped to take an extra breath to calm my nerves, even though I was the only one in the room at the time.  But I said it all out loud so that I was fully focused on each word in order to praise God.

We can learn how hard a minute of praise is.  We can read something like Psalm 145 in order to praise God.  We can personalize something like Psalm 145 or simply write our own praises from the heart. 

Then again, there is another way.  I watched a video of a Guy Penrod concert this past weekend.  My wife thinks he is ‘dreamy.’  I don’t have a clue what he has that I don’t – tall, slender, long hair, rugged good looks, great voice, captivating smile, oversized cowboy belt buckles …  Too much?  My reason for bringing it up is that for several days, I have been singing a worship song that he performed on the video, Shout to the Lord.  I loved the other songs that he sung at the concert, songs that I had grown up with, but the contemporary song is what stuck in my head.  Maybe Guy Penrod’s introduction provides the reason for the earworm.  Before singing, Penrod said that the visual of the mountains bowing down struck his heart, and maybe mine also.

My Jesus, my Savior
Lord there is none like You
All of my days I want to praise
The wonders of Your mighty love

My comfort, my shelter
Tower of refuge and strength
Let every breath, all that I am
Never cease to worship You

Shout to the Lord all the Earth, let us sing
Power and majesty, praise to the King
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name

I sing for joy at the work of Your hand
Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand
Nothing compares to the promise I have
In You

My Jesus, my Savior
Lord there is none like You
All of my days I want to praise
The wonders of Your mighty love

You’re my comfort (My comfort)
And my shelter (My shelter)
You’re my tower of refuge and strength
Let every breath, all that I am
Never cease to worship You

Shout to the Lord all the Earth, let us sing
Power and majesty, praise to the King
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name

I sing for joy at the work of Your hand
Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand
Nothing compares to the promise I have
In You

Oh shout to the Lord all the Earth, let us sing
Power and majesty, praise to the King
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name

I sing for joy at the work of Your hand
Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand
Nothing compares to the promise I have
In You

  • Darlene Joyce Zschech, Shout to the Lord

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. Oh mine! I love this song. Singing it right now!

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