Friday, November 20, 2015

Praise God!

Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. Psalm 145:2

"Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. Daniel 2:20

From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you. Psalm 71:6

Believers love God because He publicly demonstrated His love for them by sending His son Jesus Christ to die for them. His great desire was to renew His relationship with His people and because they have been redeemed by Christ, those who believe can have an intimate and forever secured relationship with The creator and that is enough to be grateful and it is worth a lifetime of praise.
“I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” (I Timothy 2:8)

Friend, there are many ways to praise God and it does not really matter how you praise God. He clearly deserves our praise because He is worthy to be praised. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods" (Psalm 96:4). God inhabits the atmosphere of praise. Psalm 22:3 says, But you are holy, you who inhabit the praises of Israel. And when we praise God, we are actually reminding ourselves that Of His goodness, mercy, grace and power. When we praise God, we are actually using the most powerful weapon against the enemy and his kingdom of darkness. In addition, when we praise God, our faith gets strengthened and we know that is faith that moves the hand of God and nothing else. Hebrews 10:38 says "The just shall live by faith." Praise and worship establish in us God's undefeated power, authority, anointing,and changes our circumstances. Our praise set in motion a circle of power, faith and victory. Praising God benefits us.

Friend, everything that God commands us to do is for our own benefit. He is that good of a Father. He loves us unconditionally. We were created to love and worship our God, for our benefit, not His own. Worship is not singing at church for a few minutes or singing in the morning and before bed. Praising God is a lifestyle. You can praise God by the way you carry yourself and by the way you treat your body that is His temple. "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship." Romans 12:1

When you treat another with respect and kindness you are also worship God. When you teach a child the way of the Lord you are praising God. He commands us to do so. Obeying God's instructions is worshiping God. When you do every and all the things God created you to do, that is worship to Him as well. People think that being a Christian is boring because some Christians cried when they are praising God. I don't know about others but I weep each and every time I think of God's goodness and His faithfulness. It is impossible not to do so when I think of my upbringing and my rebellious years. There is no way I should still be standing but God, (Hallelujah!) God has been good. I know that God wants me to be happy and I am happy. My tears are tears of gratitude and overwhelming joy.

Friend, God wants you to enjoy your life. I believe the word He uses is "abundant" life. Playing, having fun with your family is God's will. He finds pleasure in your joy because your joy glorifies Him. He created the world and everything in it for your satisfaction and in return He asks for your praise. Is that too much for you to handle? My dear friend acknowledging that God is the One who is your provider, your victory, your healer, your fortress, your rock, your strength, your hope, your joy, and the giver of all that is good, and thanking Him for it, and praising Him for it and by doing so brings His blessings and favor upon your own life abundantly shouldn't be hard. It is a win/win situation. When you praise and worship God you win.

I don't know about you but I like to please those I love. God enjoys our praises. He wants to be worshiped and He deserves it for who He is and all He has done. I choose to praise and worship Him with my words, deeds, thoughts and body for as long as I shall live. Would you do the same?

Father how grateful I am for who you are! You are my healer, my provider, my joy and my all in all. I give you glory as you only deserve. You are holy and worthy forever. I honor you in Jesus holy name. Amen.

Praise the Lord!