Pause

Every morning is an opportunity to choose joy!

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I thank you because you answered me, because you were my saving help. The stone rejected by the builders is now the main foundation stone! This has happened because of the Lord; it is astounding in our sight! This is the day the Lord acted; we will rejoice and celebrate in it!

Psalm 118:21-24

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Have you ever experienced something so awesome and amazing that you couldn’t keep it to yourself? This seems to be what’s taking place for the Psalmist. The writer needs to share a song of praise and thanksgiving for what God has done. God was the Psalmist’s “saving help.” We don’t know the circumstance. We don’t know why the Psalmist needed rescue. Whatever the situation, it caused the Psalmist to be rejected. But because of God’s “saving help” the one who was once rejected is now the main foundation! And the Psalmist says it “happened because of the Lord!” And because God acted, the Psalmist rejoices and celebrates!

Have you ever been guilty of something wonderful and amazing happening for you (something you know could have only happened because of God), and you forgot to pause long enough to rejoice and celebrate? I have to say, I’ve done it more times than I’d like to admit.

Watch for it! God might act on something for you today! And when God does, please don’t forget to rejoice and celebrate!

Reggie Blount

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God, forgive me for often taking my blessings for granted. I realize many times you have been my saving help! May your Spirit remind me to rejoice and celebrate all of the things you do for me. Amen.

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Go

As you go forth today remember this about God:

“Keep on making a way
Over and over again
You're always bringing me out
Over and over again
Lord, You've done so much
All to You I owe...
I will ever sing Your praise
Glory to Your name
Keep on making a way for me”

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, “Keep On Making A Way,” (2003)

Reggie Blount

Dr. Reggie Blount serves on the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary as Assistant Professor of Formation, Youth and Culture. He teaches in the area of Youth Ministry, Christian Education, and Congregational Leadership. He is also Pastor of Arnett Chapel A.M.E. Church in Chicago, IL.

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