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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Aug. 18, 2010 - Passionate Praise

By Kristen Feola

“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord” (Psalm 89:15, NIV).

Use the word “vociferous” in conversation, and people will think you’re some kind of genius. Either that or they’ll assume you are a former spelling bee champion.

I was first introduced to this impressive-sounding word while studying the meaning of “acclaim” in Psalm 89:15. I wanted to have a better understanding of what is required in this verse to receive God’s blessing.

What I discovered is that “to acclaim” means “to praise vociferously.” Of course, since I am neither a genius nor a spelling bee champion, I looked up the definition for vociferous as well. It was immediately apparent that this kind of praise is more than just singing a few songs in church on Sunday morning. Vociferous praise involves crying out loudly to God, applauding Him and shouting out His glory with a noisy and vehement (fierce) outcry. It’s praising God with all that you are, not just with your lips.

Vociferous praise is not easy or natural because our flesh wants to worship one person — self. Psalm 89:15 teaches us that we must learn how to acclaim God. It’s a process that takes time — time in the Word and time in the Lord’s presence. It starts when we take the focus off ourselves and become completely consumed with God and who He is.

Let the truths in this verse challenge you to acknowledge the Lord in a deeper way. Meditate on all that He has done for you and how He has rescued you from sin. Dwell on the fact that He loves you with an everlasting love. Think about how faithful He is to take care of all your needs.

As you allow yourself to be overwhelmed with God’s glory, you can’t help but spill over with words of thanksgiving and praise. The more you declare aloud His awesome attributes in prayer, the closer you will be to vociferous praise, the passionate praise that is blessed by the Lord.

— Kristen Feola is a freelance writer and attends James River Assembly in Ozark, Mo.



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