We get so caught up in getting our needs met and our prayers answered it must truly test the patience of God that we seldom PRAISE & WORSHIP Him for all that He is, all that He does and All that He does not do (to our benefit)! The Holy word instructs us that we were created & exist for this purpose (yet sin has gotten in the way) it has effectively all but eliminated praise from the lips of mankind & the heart reflects the content of the soul. Lip service to God is not what He seeks, but rather a truthful & heartfelt acknowledgement of His Ultimate Dominion, Great Mercy, Perfect Justice, Divine Order and Supreme Solemnity! Rom 2:29
I’ve often heard it said that it was that Fallen Angel’s job to worship and praise God, makes sense becase he works feverishly against God and mankind to deter us from doing so. His jealous, wicked ways are all part ofu a conspiracy to rob us of the benefit of Praise (close communion with the Lord) Luke 10:18 Incidentally, praise is the most effective way to get Satan to flee (he hates praise) There is great Power and Promise in PRAISE!
“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Him then let us offer up a sacrifice of praise continually to God, that is, the fruit of lips confessing His name.”
……….What is the meaning of a sacrifice? A sacrifice is an offering! Sacrifice is associated with loss. Next time you are in pain or have suffered a loss, PRAISE GOD for it, make it count for something! I now understand why when I was a little girl my Mother often said to me, “offer it up”; she would say this whenever I was hurting over something, a disappointment, a small injury or even a simple headache. We should offer up our trials and hardships and that truly is the time when we need to be praising God to invoke His mercy, His presence and His power.
Heavenly Father, How magnificent is thy name in all the earth and Heaven above?! Praise and glory are rightfully yours and it is the good pleasure of of your servant to honor and acknowledge You. Thank you Lord for Your patience and love for us, that You continually guide and direct all things to Your will and way. To fully know You is to implicitly trust You, even through the Valley of the Shadow of Death; at that point whom could possibly be an advocate or help But YOU Our sovereign and Mighty Lord?! Let us harness this deliberate, definite and direct PRAISE to You for WORTHY ARE YOU Oh Lord! Help us to discover more ways to truly Praise praise and worship you, in words, in action, obedience and surrender! AMEN!
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Psalm 104:1-9Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great: You are clothed withhonor and majesty, Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretch outthe heavens like a curtain. He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters,Who makes the clouds His chariot, Who walks on the wings of the wind, Who makesHis angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire. You who laid the foundations of theearth, So that it should not be moved forever, You covered it with the deep as with agarment; The waters stood above the mountains. At Your rebuke they fled; At the voiceof Your thunder they hastened away. They went up over the mountains; They wentdown into the valleys, To the place which You founded for them. You have set a
boundary that they may not pass over, That they may not return to cover the earth.Psalm 1481 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. 2 Praiseye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. 3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. 4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded , and they were created . 6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass . 7 Praise theLORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: 8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy windfulfilling his word: 9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: 10 Beasts, and all cattle;creeping things, and flying fowl: 11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: 12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: 13 Let them praise the nameof the LORD: for his name alone is excellent ; his glory is above the earth and heaven. 14 He alsoexalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a peoplenear unto him. Praise ye the LORD.John 4:23-2423But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.I Timothy 1:17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and
glory forever and ever. AmeRevelation 4:11“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.Psalm 95:6-7(6) O come, let us worship and bow down,let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!(7) For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture,and the sheep of his hand.O that today you would listen to his voice!Rom 14:11Phil 2:9-11
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PS…There are so many passages on Praise and worship, how many can you find? As you discover them, embrace them and PRAISE the LORD!