Quality Of Life

I took care of my dad at my house for 10 1/2 years to give him quality of life so that he could continue to evangelize. The last 19 months of his life he was in a care facility. He tootled around in his wheelchair with his Bible on his lap. 

Psalm 139:16 says, “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” We will all live out the days fashioned for us. The question you need to ask yourself: Will I live them out with quality of life? Psalm 103:5 says, “Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Everything in our life involves our thoughts. Our thoughts are always in our control. No one nor any circumstances can dictate our thoughts. What are thoughts that are conducive to our health?

Here is a great prescription. Psalm 104:33-34 says, “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord.”

I have watched a few videos about music therapy. The power of music is able to radically change a life. Ephesians 5:19 says, “Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

New songs just bubble up from our heart in worship to the Lord. They are spiritual songs. They have no scrip, they are not premeditated, because they are the fruit of joy in Him. 

King Jehoshaphat instructed his singers to go out before the army. 2 Chronicles 20:22 says, “Now when they began to sin and to praise, the Lord set ambushes…and they were defeated.” I love Psalm 22:3. It says, “But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.” Have you ever lifted up your heart in song when you faced an impossible situation?

Here is another prescription. Hebrew 13:15 says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” Thankfulness is God’s will, according to 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

Here are two verses from a new song called Song Of The Altar: In the midst of adversity when trouble surrounds me. I come into Your presence and I build an altar. I remember how You met me time and time again and I bow in worship. Nothing can overtake me when I hide in You. Nothing can overwhelm me when I look to You. I set my eyes on You and I gaze into Your face. I bask in the love of Your eyes full of grace.

When we turn our gaze from our circumstances to the Lord with praise, Psalm 149 says that it defeats our enemy. You can read the whole Psalm for yourself. I want to end with Psalm 145:3. It says, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.” 

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