Monday, February 18, 2013

Remember to Celebrate

Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him. Psalm 147:1

Many of you saw my Facebook post this past week that I recently signed with literary agent Linda Glaz at Hartline Literary Agency.  It was a huge step in walk toward publication, and I am beyond thankful to God for what He's doing.  And I wanted to say thank you to everyone for their WOO HOO's and CONGRATS--they meant a lot:)

But today's not so much about signing (one day I may write a blog on all the ways God got me there--it was ALL Him), but it's about the act of celebrating God's accomplishments in our lives.

See. I had no intention of telling anyone I'd signed at Hartline. I was worried if I did it would sound like...well, I'm not sure...but I worried it would shift the focus from God to me--like maybe I wasn't being holy enough if I celebrated. I didn't know how to say "look at this awesome thing that's happened!" and accept people's congratulations when really, I had nothing to do with it.

But I was challenged by a friend to remember to celebrate.

And in praying it over, I realized NOT celebrating takes something away from God.

God doesn't bless us for us to remain quiet. He blesses us to let it run over and share with others. When I am quiet rather than shouting His praise, I'm holding in something that isn't even mine to hold--and God deserves our praise. In fact, Revelation 4:11 says:

Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor, and power, for You created all things and because of Your will they existed, and were created.

Praising doesn't point to me...no, the very act of praising points people to God. By staying silent I've allowed fear to creep into what God is doing and put a strip of duct tape over my mouth--and I've robbed God of the praise He is due, all the while thinking I'm doing it for humble reasons (satan is soooo sneaky!)

So today I'm pulling a David and doing a little crazy praise for all God's doing in my life right now (seriously, look at how David praised God in 2 Samuel 6:14). Not only because He deserves my praise, but because He inhabits it and delights in it. Imagine that! Our praise not only draws Him closer, but it puts a HUGE smile on His face!

Praise the Lord! He is at work in mighty ways, using me to do things that on my own I could never accomplish. Thank you, Lord! He's showing His faithfulness to promises He whispered to me, and I am beyond thankful for His character and power at work in my life. I'm lifting my hands, doing a little dance, and singing to my God, and sharing it all here with you to say:

Look! Look at what God can do! And if He can do it with me, then He can most definitely do it with you!

So will you join me? Big or small, God is at work in your life today. Let's give Him a shout-out!

6 comments:

  1. I agree with you. Don't hold your praise in. It is encouraging to see what God is doing in other's loves. Like you said "And if He can do it with me, the He can most definitely do it with you!" Thanks for the encouragement. God is so good to us!
    ~Julia

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    1. Thanks, Julia - and after yesterdays sermon I'm not only going to keep celebrating, but keep believing, right? Because the blessed life is the believing life:)

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  2. I am celebrating with you! Celebrating is so encouraging to others who might be discouraged in the same area. Or any area.

    I am also, oddly, singing Cool and the Gang. Celebrate! God is so faithful and amazing! The work He is doing in and through you is nothing short of beautiful, glorious grace! :)

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    1. And now I'm singing it too:) Thanks, Jess! LOL

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  3. I'm celebrating with you, too, Susan! So happy to hear your good news! Thank you for sharing it, and Praise the Lord for all He's doing in (and through) you!

    Have a blessed week!

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  4. HaPpy DaNcInG with you, my friend ... so glad you are celebrating how God has opened doors for you, guided you, and blessed the work of your hands (Ps. 90:17).

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