“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”
Psalm 34:1-3 (NASB)

Imagine you're out at recess and you're playing Gaga Ball and you make this amazing hit and win the game. Or maybe you just got your quiz back and you received a 100. Pretty cool, right? Anytime you do something cool, what are you tempted to do? You want to celebrate! This is a very natural reaction, of course, and I'm not going to say it's wrong--I just want to ask you this: what is it that you are celebrating? Are you celebrating your own success, or are you celebrating that God has given you the opportunity and the ability to complete the task?

Basketball pep rally

In moments of celebration, we need to give glory to God because God gave us our gifts and talents and made us who we are. God gave us... well, us. He gave you, yourself and me, myself. He gave him, himself and her, herself. He gave us our abilities, our opportunities. God gave us our lives. Think about that. We should always praise God. And we should not only praise God when we do something spectacular, but also in our less spectacular undertakings. We should praise Him every day that we are alive.

Now, praising God doesn't mean that you need to stop, drop and lift up your arms to heaven in thanks each time you pass a quiz. It also doesn't mean that you need to kneel down and go into a long prayer session, either, although there is certainly a time and a place for such things. Praise can be short and sweet, too. There are times when a simple, “Thank you, God,” or quick little prayer will do.

Jon in Chapel

It's very easy to take God for granted and take sole credit for something you’ve done. But you must caution yourself against that, because it is simply not true. God gave you your gifts and talents. Give them back to God because God has taken you this far and promises to keep taking you further forever. Give God your praise every day because He enables you and sustains you today!

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Jon C., one of our tenth grade students (pictured).