I Can Praise HIM...
In the middle of President Lincoln’s service to our nation, an elderly lady
made an appointment to see him. As she entered his office, he inquired,
“How can I be of service to you, Madam?”
The little lady said, “Mr. President, I know you are a very busy man,
and I have not come to ask you for anything.
I simply came to bring you this box of cookies.”
There was a long silence.
Tears overflowed the President’s eyes as he began:
“Madam, I am greatly moved by what you have done.
For since I have become President, people have come into this office one after
another asking for favors and demanding things from me.
You are the first person who has ever entered these premises
asking no favor but bringing a gift.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Reading this story about President Lincoln makes me realize how many times
I have come into the presence of a greater Person’s office...into the throne room of the Almighty;
time after time and I have brought nothing with me.
I have asked, I have pleaded, I have begged and even at times I have demanded.
But, oh so often I have forgotten to bring Him a gift; a gift of praise.
I can praise HIM!
"The heavens declare the glory of God."
That being so, why shouldn’t I do the same?
After all I have been created in His own image, I have been redeemed
by the blood of the Lamb, therefore, I can praise HIM!
Praise is the highest gift to the believer.
It centers upon what God has done and not what we have done for God.
You see, praise makes us strong.
Our praise does not only glorify and honor God, it edifies and lifts us up to new heights.
It is at these new heights that we find the strength to deal with the many difficulties life throws at us.
To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Today I have the opportunity to bring a gift to my Lord; a gift of praise.
I can come into His Presence asking for nothing.
I simply come to lift my heart in praise and gratitude for all of His blessings.
He is the object of my praise and is worthy to be praised.
His name is Jesus, the Son of God, my Savior
and I WILL PRAISE HIM!
Adapted from a sermon by my father, Rev. William J. Behr