Yesterday, I felt like the Lord answered a prayer. Often, it seems like the Lord answers my prayers and talks to me along the way. In that sense, yesterday was not unusual, but it was still significant. Yesterday was a holiday in the USA, Labor Day. It began as a slow day. I called the YMCA to see if it was open. Footnote: I am on the “66 -year old plan!” What this means is that I feel like I have to workout regularly and eat a healthy diet. So, I do resistance training on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and do something for the cardio on the alternate days. Because yesterday was Monday, my normal routine would be in the gymnasium. However, yesterday was a holiday and there was some question whether or not the gym would be open. The YMCA opens at 5:30 AM. The other gym I workout at was closed for the holiday. So, I called the “Y” to see if they were open, but no one answered the phone. Around 7AM, I told my wife I was planning to ride the bike downtown to see if the Y was open. She announced that she wanted to ride her bike with me. The Y is about 4miles from our house. As it turned out, the Y was open, but because Denise is not a member of the Y, yet, I determined that maybe I would return later in the day.
After passing by the Y, we went to a local coffee shop, Avalon Bakery, on Woodward Ave, and had a light breakfast. During breakfast she expressed concern that with it being a holiday that no one would come over for a cookout. I could not bring myself to tell her that I had offered six weeks ago to organize a cookout, but she asked me not to, so I did not invite anyone over for the holiday. She seemed so sad that no one would come over, without an invitation, I felt bad for her. Frankly, I was ok if it was just the two of us, but because she was so concerned, I offered a prayer to the Lord, that someone would come over to our house. This probably may seem like a little thing to someone reading this piece, but to my wife, it was important, so I prayed to the Lord. I did make one call, to my brother. I asked him to come over because I thought Denise needed his company. Denise called her cousin, Joyce, and our son, Noah, who lives in Toledo, Ohio, which is about 60 miles from Detroit, where we live. Noah and his friend, Meherte did come over. So did Joyce. As it turned out, four other people showed up, including her mother and sister, Barbara Wynder and her husband, Matthew and our next-door neighbor, Damon, who I invited across the backyard. We ended up with an all out party! Denise was happy, and I went to bed with the confirmation of my faith that God answers prayer!
I am sharing this little story about how I felt the Lord answered my prayer, because Psalm 111, which is my focus for today, is about Praise of God for the wonderous works of God. While the Psalm centers on the big things that God has done and continues to do, it is relevant for me, because every answered prayer is a blessing – even those prayers that may seem small to us! Thank you for reading this sharing of my thoughts.
Praise for God’s Wonderful Works
1 Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
3 Full of honor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
5 He provides food for those who fear him;
he is ever mindful of his covenant.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are established forever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever. 
Questions for Reflection:
- Psalm 111 is a Psalm of Praise for the works of God? Which verse in Psalm 111 speaks most to you about your praise of God?
Prayer: Lord, I praise you in the morning. I praise you during breakfast. I praise you at the noon day. And, yes, Lord, I praise you in the darkness of night. I read your Holy Word and it lights a fire down to the depts of my soul. In my joy, you increase my happiness. In my sorrow, you erase my misery. In little ways, and sometimes overwhelming ways, you show yourself, through answered prayer and in other ways, much more subtle. Lord, you let me know that you are God and still on the throne. I love you, praise you, and give you the honor for all you have done and those things that remain to be seen. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
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 The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 111). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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