Posts Tagged ‘Praise’

Focus on God’s Goodness-Enduring Love and Faithfulness

February 7th, 2024 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s Goodness is found in Psalm 100, verses 4 and 5.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

God’s love and faithfulness have enduring value that is relevant for our generation. The blood of Jesus was shed on the cross 2,000 years ago, and still has the power to cover our sins, so that we are declared “Not guilty”. For a love that stands the test of time, we can find it in the arms of God’s saving grace. Romans 10:13 tells us that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. That is still true today. God is faithful to His word. His love will not fail us.

God’s enduring love and faithfulness reveal the goodness of God and are reasons to give thanks in the Year of Gratitude.

John Shirk

Focus on God’s Goodness-His Provision and Strength

January 10th, 2024 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s goodness is found in First Chronicles 29:12 and 13.

David was praising the LORD in the public assembly:

“Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.”

God supplies us with material wealth, not for the purpose of hoarding it for ourselves, but to be generous with others and use it for the glory of His name.

He also supplies us with energy to accomplish certain tasks. He provides us with intelligence and strength to develop skills and do certain jobs that provide valuable services for others. And so, our jobs and resources can become a testimony of God’s blessing in our lives designed to bear fruit for His glory.

The strength of God to provide for us reveals the goodness of God and is a reason to give thanks in the Year of Gratitude.

John Shirk

Vital Step to a Radiant Faith-Sing Joyfully

December 15th, 2023 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year to Shine, today’s Vital Step to a Radiant Faith is to sing joyfully.

Psalm 33:1 says, “Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.”

The gift of music gives us opportunity to use it as an instrument of worship. This time of year, as our thoughts turn to the season of Christmas, we can add to the celebration by singing Christmas carols that reflect on the birth of Jesus and why He came.

There is a place in Luke chapter one, where we find lyrics to Mary’s song after she learned that she would give birth to Jesus. She said, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.”

Singing joyfully is a Vital Step to a Radiant Faith that makes a difference in our world.

John Shirk

Light Reflection-Psalm 63:6 and 7 Resting in God’s Love

July 11th, 2023 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Light Reflection is from Psalm 63:6 and 7.

“On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.”

In the stillness of the night, our soul can be encouraged by the thought of God’s love and faithfulness. Someone has said that if we are having trouble sleeping, don’t count sheep. Rather, talk to the Good Shepherd.

His name is Jesus, and He can use the quiet moments of our lives to draw us to prayer, fill us with peace, and stir us to praise.

Psalm 149 tells us that the LORD delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.

This Light Reflection inspires us to rest in God’s love for us through the watches of the night in the Year to Shine.

John Shirk

Light Reflection-Psalm 30:11-12 Wailing Into Dancing

May 11th, 2023 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Light Reflection is from Psalm 30:11 and 12.

“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever.”

We go through various seasons of our lives. There are seasons of brokenness, grief, pain, sickness, and sadness. That is part of the human experience. Believers in God and unbelievers face these kinds of challenges.

But God’s grace offers us light at the end of the tunnel. David wrote in Psalm 30, verse 5, “Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”  That is similar to what Jesus told His disciples the night before He died. “Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”  The disciples did rejoice when they saw the Lord after His resurrection.

This Light Reflection inspires us to praise God for the evidence of His grace in the Year to Shine.

John Shirk

Light Reflection-I Peter 2:9

January 13th, 2023 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Light Reflection is from First Peter 2:9.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Praise is a light that shines brightly. If you are walking with Jesus on this journey of life, then you have a testimony of praise. God is merciful to bring us out of the darkness of our selfish ways to experience the joy of living by faith in Jesus. By God’s grace, we can live with the confidence that our sins are forgiven by His blood that was shed on the cross. We can live a life of love in response to His unfailing love for us.  And we can live with hope as we stand on the blessings and promises of God for our lives.

This Light Reflection inspires us to declare praises for God in the Year to Shine.

John Shirk

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Faith Building Verse-Isaiah 12:4

December 7th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Isaiah 12:4.

In that day you will say: “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.”

After Jesus rose from the dead, He commissioned His disciples to spread the word about Jesus and the good news of His saving grace. That commission continues in the testimony of believers today.

God has a purpose for our lives-to know Him and make Him known. As we learn from the teachings of Jesus, we get to know Him. As we learn to know Jesus, we learn to love Him. As we learn to love Jesus, we learn to praise Him. And as we praise Him, we bring glory to His name, and stir others to praise Him with their heart.

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to declare the praises of God for His great deeds and enduring love in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

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Faith Building Verses-Luke 17:15 and 16

November 22nd, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verses are Luke 17:15 and 16.

After Jesus healed ten men of leprosy, one of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him-and he was a Samaritan.

10 men were healed of leprosy, but only one of them returned to give thanks to Jesus. Thanksgiving is an expression of praise to God. It may be expressed as a simple “thank you” or it may be expressed in an offering to God or in a song. It may involve keeping a journal of remembering specific ways that God has blessed our lives.

In the Christian faith, thanksgiving is meant to be more than just a holiday. It is a way of life that notices God’s blessings, and acknowledges His gracious hand with expressions of praise.

These faith-building verses inspire us to thank Jesus for His goodness and graciousness in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

Praise & Worship Playlist

November 20th, 2022 No comments
This week I have a Thanksgiving Edition of the Praise & Worship Program for you! The playlist is built with a theme tying all the songs together: God’s Goodness & Our Grateful Hearts. Sing along with Maverick City, Paul Baloche, Cody Carnes, Rita Springer, Here Be Lions, Brad + Rebekah and more.

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ
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Song Title Artist Album Year
Another In The Fire Hillsong United People (Live) 2020
Meant For Good (feat. JUDAH.) Brandon Lake HELP! 2022
Thank You (Live) Mike Marshall Come On In 2022
Grateful Elevation Worship There Is a Cloud 2017
Thank You Lord Chris Tomlin & Friends Chris Tomlin & Friends 2021
I Thank God Maverick City Music & UPPERROOM Move Your Heart 2021
Good Lord David Leonard Single 2022
Thank You Jesus for the Blood Charity Gayle Thank You Jesus for the Blood – Single 2021
Goodness of God (Live) Bethel Music & Jenn Johnson Victory (Live) 2019
Good (Cant Be Anything Else) [Live] Cody Carnes Single 2022
Your Goodness Brian Campbell Hearts Wake To The Giver Of Life 2012
A Thousand Thank Yous Sarah Kroger Light 2021
Taste and See Caleb & Bethany Kuenzli Strike The Dark EP 2020
Altogether Good (feat. Paul Baloche & Lucy Grimble) Anchor Hymns Be Unto Your Name – EP 2022
Psalm 23 (Surely Goodness, Surely Mercy) Shane & Shane Psalms, Vol. 2 2015
Valley (Live) Chris McClarney Single 2019
Rejoice Brad & Rebekah Rejoice 2022
The Little That I Know (Live) David Leonard The Wait: Silence the Noise (Live) 2019
Thank You Lord River Valley Worship Single 2022
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) Matt Redman 10,000 Reasons 2012
The Goodness of the Lord (Live) Travis Ryan Until My Voice Is Gone (Live) 2016
Forever Reign Kristian Stanfill Passion: Here For You 2011
Something Good GATEWAY Greater Than 2018
You Are Good (feat. Brian Johnson) Bethel Live Be Lifted High (Deluxe Edition) 2011
He Is Good Jenny & Tyler There Will Be a Song (Deluxe) 2018
Could You Be This Good Kristene DiMarco Where His Light Was 2017
Always Good (feat. Rita Springer) The McClures The Way Home (Deluxe) 2019
Psalm 34 (Taste and See) Shane & Shane Psalms, Vol. 2 2015
Gratefulness Rend Collective Whosoever 2022
Hallelujah For the Cross Chris McClarney (of Jesus Culture) Breakthrough 2018
Too Good To Not Believe (feat. Jenn Johnson) Brandon Lake Co-Lab Single 2021
King of My Heart John Mark & Sarah McMillan You Are the Avalanche – EP 2015
So Good to Me Cory Asbury Holy 2008
God So Good Life Church Single 2020
Good The Worship Coalition Single 2020
What A Good God Mack Brock Single 2021
Good Good Father Chris Tomlin Never Lose Sight 2015
How Good Is He (Song Session) Vertical Worship & Essential Worship Songs Sessions – EP 2022
So Good to Me Zach Williams Chain Breaker 2016
Still God, Still Good (Live) Here Be Lions Still God, Still Good (Live) 2021
What a Good God Paul Baloche Behold Him 2020
God Youre So Good (feat. Kristian Stanfill and Melodie Malone) Passion Whole Heart 2018
God Is Always Good (Live) Covenant Worship Covenant Worship Live 2018
Goodness, Love And Mercy Chris Tomlin Nobody Loves Me Like You – EP 2018
So Good (feat. Chris McClarney) Rita Springer Light 2020
How Good Is He (Live from Chicago) Vertical Worship Single 2021
Good (feat. Naomi Raine) ONE HOUSE WORSHIP He Always Provides 2021
Good God Almighty Crowder Radio Single 2021
Hes Good Rachael Lampa Single 2019
Counting Every Blessing Rend Collective Good News 2018

Praise & Worship Playlist

September 25th, 2022 No comments

Happy Fall! I have a special lineup on the way for you this week, including recent releases from Elle Limebear, Grace City, Leslie Jordan, Chris Tomlin and more. Plus, a Wind & Waves mini-theme and a powerful little lineup inspired by the new We The Kingdom song, “God Is On The Throne”. Also, the whole 9:00 hour will be full of Fall Songs as we celebrate the arrival of Autumn!

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ
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Song Title Artist Album Year
I Will Worship Erik Nieder Single 2022
Heart & Flesh (feat. TAYA) Leeland Single 2022
Waiting Here For You (Live At Team Night) Hillsong Worship Team Night (Live) 2022
Rest On Us Elle Limebear Single 2022
Good (Cant Be Anything Else) [Live] Cody Carnes Single 2022
Peace Be Still (feat. Lauren Daigle) The Belonging Co All the Earth 2017
Dancing On The Waves We The Kingdom Holy Water 2020
Wind and the Waves (feat. Kenzie Walker) [Live] Grace City Sundays EP (Live) 2022
Thats The Power (feat. Benjamin Hastings) Hillsong Worship These Same Skies (Live) 2021
Mention of Your Name Jenn Johnson After All These Years 2017
In The Name (feat. Kim Walker-Smith) Lakewood Music Live in the Wonderful 2021
Evidence Josh Baldwin Evidence 2020
Promises Maverick City Music Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 2 2021
Yes and Amen (feat. Chris McClarney) Jesus Culture Living with a Fire 2018
Great I Am Leslie Jordan All That I Need To Know – EP 2022
Holy and Anointed One Shane & Shane The Worship Initiative, Vol. 7 2014
God Is On The Throne We The Kingdom We The Kingdom 2022
Reign Above It All Paul McClure Revivals In The Air (Live) 2020
Still On the Throne Mitch Wong Single 2020
The Lord Almighty Reigns Keith & Kristyn Getty Single 2022
Majesty (Here I Am) Delirious World Service 2004
Holy Forever Chris Tomlin Always 2022
Holy (Song Of The Ages) (feat. Andrew Holt) The Belonging Co Single 2020
LION (feat. Chris Brown & Brandon Lake) LIVE Elevation Worship LION 2022
Forever & Amen (Live) Cody Carnes & Kari Jobe God Is Good! (Live) 2022
This Is the Kingdom (feat. Pat Barrett) Elevation Worship LION 2022
A Thousand Shores Citizens A Thousand Shores – EP 2022
Father Of Lights Chris Tomlin Always 2022
Narrow Road Josh Baldwin Where The Glory Is 2022
Feels Like A Blessing Benjamin Hastings & JUDAH. Single 2022
On Repeat Hillsong UNITED On Repeat – Single 2022
Good News Bryan & Katie Torwalt Ive Got Good News (Live) 2022
Thats Just What You Do (Live) Andy Cherry Invocation (Live) 2022
Graves Into Gardens (feat. Brandon Lake) Elevation Worship Graves Into Gardens 2020
Fall Afresh (feat. Dinah Wright & Robbie Seay) The Worship Initiative The Worship Initiative, Vol. 25 (Live) 2021
Fall Back Rebecca St. James Dawn 2020
We Fall Down (feat. Chris Tomlin) Steven Curtis Chapman WOW Worship Red 2005
Heaven Fall Cody Carnes Heaven Fall – Single 2019
Fires Gonna Fall Martin Smith Iron Lung 2019
Fire Fall Down (Live) Hillsong UNITED (in the meantime) – EP 2020
Heaven Fall Down Phil Wickham Singalong 2 2012
Fall On Your Knees David Crowder Band Give Us Rest-A Requiem Mass in C 2012
Spirit Fall Chris Tomlin Passion: Here For You 2011
Let It Echo (Heaven Fall) [feat. Chris Quilala] [Live] Jesus Culture Let It Echo (Live) 2016
Let Your Glory Fall Kari Jobe The Garden (Deluxe Edition) 2017Pr

Faith Building Verses-Psalm 9:1 and 2

August 18th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verses are Psalm 9:1 and 2.

I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

The wonderful deeds of the LORD can have a strong impact on our lives in the following ways.

They lead us to faith. When we ponder His love for us at the cross, His power of life over death at the empty grave, and His life-changing grace, our trust and confidence in Him grows stronger.

The deeds of the LORD also lead us to gratitude. We recognize that by His grace and mercy, we don’t get what we deserve by our sins. Instead, He has made a way for us to be forgiven and redeemed.

The deeds of the LORD also lead us to praise. He puts a song of joy in our hearts to express our love for Him.

These Faith-Building Verses inspire us to places of faith, gratitude, and praise in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk