Journal Entry by Sam Jones

S – Psalm‬ ‭148:7-12‬ ‭(NIV)‬‬
“Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children.”

O – Observation
I remember as a kid being scared of thunder and lightning (as I think most kids are), but not as I grew older. These verses put it into perspective for me - lightning (and the accompanying thunder) are nature's way of bringing roaring praise. It’s praise that can’t be missed, seen and heard from kilometres around!

A – Application
When I stand and praise Him in both the good situations and the not-so-good situations, do I lift my praise above everything else going on around me. I would like to think so, but know that sometimes I “contain” my praise for Him - sometimes wondering if He even hears my voice - although I know He does! Even on days when I feel empty, I know that the praise I bring sounds like roaring thunder, especially in the face of the enemy!

P – Prayer
“Father God, let the praise I bring come from a heart that is after your own heart. Through the good and the bad times, let me lift my voice to You for all you have done. Amen.”