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<< Wednesday, November 17, 2004 >> St. Elizabeth of Hungary
 
Revelation 4:1-11
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Psalm 150 Luke 19:11-28
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BASIC TRAINING

 
"Day and night, without pause, they sing: 'Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty.' " —Revelation 4:8
 

We pray each day that God's "will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Mt 6:10). In heaven, it's God's will that we praise Him "without pause" (Rv 4:8). When we pray the Our Father, we therefore pray that we would praise God on earth as He is praised in heaven. Each day of our lives then becomes a day of training in praise, a preparation for our destiny of giving eternal praise to the Lord (Eph 1:3, 12). Daily we can praise God:

  • in all circumstances,
  • with singing (Ps 92:2ff), music (Ps 150:3), and dancing (Ps 150:4),
  • with our family (Ps 96:7),
  • in the Mass, the ultimate joining of heaven to earth,
  • with every breath (Ps 150:6),
  • "seven times a day" (Ps 119:164), such as the Church does each day in the Liturgy of the Hours, and
  • using the spiritual gift of tongues, with which we utter "praise very well indeed" (1 Cor 14:17).

After a life of praising God (Ps 146:2), it will be second nature to us to enter God's heavenly "courts with praise" (Ps 100:4). "Praise the Lord!" (Ps 150:6)

 
Prayer: Lord, "let the high praises of God be in [our] throats" (Ps 149:6) and Your praise be always in our mouths (Ps 34:2).
Promise: "Whoever has will be given more, but the one who has not will lose the little he has." —Lk 19:26
Praise: St. Elizabeth was canonized just four years after her death, so much did she imitate Christ in life.
 
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.) (Come to our Discipleship Retreat, An Isaiah Advent, December 3-4, 2004. For information or to register, e-mail retreats@presentationministries.com or call 937-587-5464.)
 
 
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Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 1, 2004
 
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