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Expressions from the Heart

Shout to the Lord!

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“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker” – Psalm 95:6

“Oh, gives thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever!” – Psalm 107:1

“I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.” Psalm 7:17

“I will declare Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You. – Psalm 22:22

The psalmists above couldn’t contain themselves – they testified to God’s mercies and goodness. The exuberance of these praises is meant to be contagious. Have you ever shared a song of worship at church and felt the energy and high spirit as you sang in union with the congregation? Some songs have brought me to tears!

The concept of prayer and worship is not a hesitant (or menial) matter. Sometimes the reason for hesitancy when it comes to prayer is the uncertainty of whether we are in line with His will in the situation. Other times, pressures and challenges may keep us from being in a worshipful mode. Some believe that to give thanks to God one must FEEL thankful, but that’s not what Paul taught. 1Thess 5:16-18 – Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Giving thanks is not an expression of emotions, it is an act of the will – something you choose to do. Giving thanks calls for looking past negative circumstances and accepting them for ultimate good purposes; it calls for acknowledging God as the One who has allowed events in your life for the fulfillment of His purposes. You choose to thank and praise God because you know that the pain you’re enduring is an opportunity for Him to demonstrate His power, grace and love.

Not sure what to praise God for when you feel heavy with burden? The entire Psalm 150 is a wonderful worship song. Read it – over and over. Memorize it if you can and when you recite it, your reason for excitement for praising the Lord will become clearer to you.

“Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His Sactuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the LORD!”

-Psam 150

We worship and praise God for his “mighty deeds” – creator of the heavens and earth; He caused the mountains to form, the seasons to appear on schedule and the waters of the earth to keep their positions. He sent His son to earth to die for our sins; He loved us first and provided a way so that we can be reconciled to Him. God has answered prayers; He’s performed miracles; He is the great healer. He causes Himself to be found by prodigals, in fact, he promises those who search for Him that he will let Himself be found. Praise God for being the ONLY promise-keeper we will ever know! God never changes; He is the same God who promised Abraham, Isaac and David that their nation will be blessed and it was! The messiah came forth from their lineage.  Never let it become insignificant or a drudgery to praise the Creator. Whether in prayer, song or thought, let us lift up our hands and praise the One who Was, who Is and is to come!

What do you praise God for today??

May 15, 2009 Posted by | Expressions | , , , | 6 Comments

   

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