Thought of the Day May 1, 2018 Praise of God

By 10:37 AM

Sacred Scripture is full of the praise of God, and in reading it, we encounter the instruction given to the People of God to engage in acts of praise. The Old and New Testaments are sprinkled with injunctions to sing his glory, 
St Francis of Assis wrote a hymn of praise to God similar to praise in the Psalms. He prayed:
You are holy Lord God Who does wonderful things.
You are strong. You are great. You are the most high.
You are the almighty king. You holy Father,
King of heaven and earth.
You are three and one, the Lord God of gods;
You are the good, all good, the highest good,
Lord God living and true.
You are love, charity; You are wisdom, You are humility,
You are patience, You are beauty, You are meekness,
You are security, You are rest,
You are gladness and joy, You are our hope, You are justice,
You are moderation, You are all our riches to sufficiency.
You are beauty, You are meekness,
You are the protector, You are our custodian and defender,
You are strength, You are refreshment. You are our hope,
You are our faith, You are our charity,
You are all our sweetness, You are our eternal life:
Great and wonderful Lord, Almighty God, Merciful Savior.
The focus of praise is God and not ourselves. God alone is worthy of all praise. Most of our prayer is petition and maybe by the way, praise and gratitude. Yet, there is so much to praise God for. It puts us in right order when we pray. 

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