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How much praise do I have on my heart this morning?

It's almost shower time and then off to the worship service at Christ The King in DeWitt. I'm trying to prepare my heart so I do more than go through the motions of singing, praying and listening.

My attention was poked by today's devotion from Our Daily Bread that draws attention to all the life situations that can suck the hope out of you.

The answer comes from King David's Psalm 103. He's a guy who has gone from having it all to losing it. He did great things and he made decisions that had terrible consequences.

How did he handle it? In Psalm 103, he says in the first half of the 14 verses from the Message version of the Bible:

1-2 O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I'll bless his holy name!
O my soul, bless God,
don't forget a single blessing!
3-5 He forgives your sins—every one.
He heals your diseases—every one.
He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
He renews your youth—you're always young in his presence.
6-18 God makes everything come out right;
he puts victims back on their feet.

I pray that my heart gets the message from this Psalm. I need to praise God this morning and I need to understand why I'm doing it. Psalm 103 lists a lot of reasons.