One way to nurture high thoughts of God is to borrow them from the best library on earth: the Bible. And every high truth about God is another reason to praise Him.

So today, just this. These high thoughts from Isaiah the prophet in Isaiah 57, and Samuel’s mother Hannah, in 1 Samuel 2, and David the Sweet Psalmist of Israel, in Psalm 29…  


From Isaiah 57:

  • Because He is the High and Lofty One
  • Because He inhabits eternity
  • Because His name [is] Holy
  • Because He dwells in the high and holy [place], with him [who] has a contrite and humble spirit,
  • Because He will revive the spirit of the humble, and the heart of the contrite ones.
  • Because He will not contend forever, nor will He always be angry, for the spirit would fail before Him, and the souls [which] He has made.
  • Because He was angry and hid, and struck His own for the iniquity of his covetousness, as he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.
  • Because nevertheless He has seen his ways, and will heal him
  • Because He will also lead His own,
  • Because He will restore comforts to him and to his mourners.
  • Because He creates the fruit of the lips
  • Because He says, “Peace, peace to [him who is] far off and to [him who is] near, and I will heal him.”
  • Because He also says, “[There is] no peace for the wicked.

From 1 Samuel 2, Hannah’s Song:

  • Because there is no one holy like the LORD
  • Because there is no rock like our God
  • Because He is a God of knowledge by Whom the deeds of men are weighed
  • Because He causes the bows of the mighty to be broken
  • He causes His people who stumble to be girded with strength
  • Because the LORD kills and makes alive
  • Because He brings down to the grave and raises up from it.
  • Because the LORD makes poor and the LORD makes rich
  • Because He brings low and He lifts up
  • Because He raises the poor from the dust and the beggar from the ash heap to set them among princes
  • Because the LORD makes them to inherit the throne of glory
  • Because the pillars of the earth are His
  • Because He has set the world upon them
  • Because He will guard the feet of His saints
  • Because He will cause the wicked to be silent in darkness
  • Because His adversaries shall be broken in pieces
  • Because from Heaven He will thunder against the wicked
  • Because He will judge the ends of the earth
  • Because He will give strength to His King
  • Because He will exalt the horn (strength) of His anointed.
From Psalm 29, a Psalm of David:
  • Because even the mighty should ascribe to Him glory and strength
  • Because glory is due His name
  • Because He deserves that we worship Him in the beauty of holiness
  • Because His voice is over the “waters”
  • Because His voice is powerful
  • Because His voice is full of majesty
  • Because His voice can splinter mighty cedars and toss them about
  • Because His voice divides the flames of fire
  • Because His voice can shake the wilderness
  • Because His voice can strip the forest bare
  • Because in His temple, everyone says, “Glory!”
  • Because He sat enthroned at the flood
  • Because He sits enthroned as King forever
  • Because He will give strength to His people and bless His people with peace

And this also about His voice, from 1 Kings 19:12-13…

  • Although His voice can do all these huge things, yet He speaks to His own in a “still small voice.”


(Above, Reasons #309-357. And in my personal journal, I just reached #1000!)


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8 thoughts on “Some Borrowed High Thoughts

  1. Good morning, Dawn,
    Isn’t it wonderful how He gives us each different words, and specifically for specific times as well, that often express our hearts better than we can ourselves?
    Blessings to you this day!
    (I was hoping that someone was praising Him with me this morning through those words — and you were!)

  2. I love this list. I have been praying to love God with not self interest, Just love Him. This list will become part of my devotions. Love how you used the scripture in this way.

  3. Thank you, Jean. I am so glad this will be useful for you. I have already used this list myself a second time today to praise Him and love Him, just for Who He is, in Himself. I don’t know why it seems to take so long for (some of) us (like me) to get to the point of praise really not being centered on self and what He does individually “for me.” I guess it’s just the Christian maturing process. A. B. Simpson wrote a hymn about it: “Once it was the blessing, now the Blesser…” I can’t recall the rest of the words anymore, but this idea that sticks is the important one. Moving to this point is really joyous, though, isn’t it?

  4. Congratulations on reaching 1,000, Sylvia! I love these reasons! So beautiful! Thank you for finding them and sharing them with me! It just makes me smile, to read through your words taken from His, let my mind try to piece them all together, and catch a tiny glimpse of Him – and He is so incredible!!! Thank you!!!

  5. Thanks, Mary. I think a lot, or most, of your reasons come from different books of the Bible from mine. So that means, except for where there might be scriptures that say the same thing, we must have together come up with close to 2,000 by now! It doesn’t seem hard to find so many reasons. It just gets my praise rolling, and rolling! Blessings!

  6. These are really powerful – Isaiah always catches my heart. I recently read the story of Hannah and this brought freshness and the psalms… Such a comfort. This was wonderful and you reached 1000! Whoohooo! Time to Happy Dance!

  7. Hi Kathleen,
    You are right, these *are* powerful. (The living word = “the power of God”!) I just got bowled over, moved to worshipful tears, reading them aloud again.

    And thanks for the congrats. So far, finding scripture-based “Reasons” has been even easier than I thought it would be. I thought there’d be a lot of duplication. I’m sure there must be some, but I’m struck with all the differences and variations in that amazing word.
    I so enjoyed your visiting and commenting.

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