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Praise the Lord III

Praise Ye the Lord. Psalm 150:1 KJV

To Praise the Lord, is a command and not a chorus. It is a commendation to perform an act not necessarily an exclamatory remark. It is important that we learn and practice the act and art of Praising the Lord.

To Praise is to speak well of someone or something. It is the ascription of worth or value; an appreciation for well-meaning and endearment to someone or something. Praise is Price or value.

In this light, it is pertinent to note and understand that God also has items or virtues He Praises, values or appreciates. God speaks well of certain people and “praises” them. About the Praise by God, the Bible says “So do not go on passing judgment before the appointed time, but wait until the Lord comes, for He will both bring to light the [secret] things that are hidden in darkness and disclose the motives of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God., “(1 Cor. 4:5 AMP) Notice, “each one’s praise will come from God”, God praises, values or speaks well of the “the motives of the hearts” when they are pleasing and right in His sight. He Praises everyone with a good and right content of the heart.

At some occasion, God praised and spoke well of our Lord Jesus Christ as the Bible recorded, “behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Matt. 17:5 KJV).  We see here, our God spoke well (praised) of whom He values and loves – His beloved Son.

Beloved, we must also eulogize, extol, exalt, laud and glorify our appreciation of God. We praise God when we think and speak well of God. Singing choruses is not all that Praising God entails; it is only an expression of our praise, value and admiration of God.

We also praise God when we speak well of His virtues and values. The Psalmist puts it thus; “I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.” I have proclaimed good news of righteousness [and the joy that comes from obedience to You] in the great assembly; Behold, I will not restrain my lips [from proclaiming Your righteousness], As You know, O Lord. I have not concealed Your righteousness within my heart; I have proclaimed Your faithfulness and Your salvation. I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly.” (Psalm 40:8-10 AMP).

This was the prophetic testimony of Jesus Christ about God, notice this was not a chorus or song, it was a proclamation of God’s virtues and values. Let us go beyond singing Praise choruses (only) as the extent of Praising God; sure, sing Praises is laudable and admirable; we must do it. But singing choruses in earnest is a product of our value and appreciation of God. We will not be able to sing choruses should we not ahead of that value the Lord in our hearts. Speak of His virtues and ponder always His goodness.

Let us “Praise the Lord at all times” (Psalm 34:1) and all ways…Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

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Praise the Lord II

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God (Luke 17:15 KJV)

We must learn and know to glorify God. In the context of the referenced scripture, our blessed Savior illustrated the need and blessing in glorifying God. Ten lepers had met the Lord Jesus and had been divinely impacted that they experienced a cleansing by the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ to them.

Sin is a term or form of spiritual leprosy; sin denotes leprosy spiritually. This is the state of everyman. According to the scriptures, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 KJV) In that state, all men were separated from God, opposed to the nature of God and could not approach unto God except by the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is about this rescue and cleansing that the Bible says, “…ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10). Notice the Bible says, “in time past were not a people, but are now a people of God:” this is the salvation plan that Jesus brought and delivered.  Being cleansed from the leprosy of sin and justified by faith we are reconciled unto God but must now live a life that glorifies God.

Ten represents responsibility or completeness of order. Take for instance the Ten commandments, they codified the complete order of God’s demand of man or the responsibility of Man toward God. The Ten lepers represented Man’s colossal failure at fulfilling God’s righteous demands but Jesus came to cleanse Man from the stain and guilt of sin…“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” (Romans 3:24-25 KJV).

Now being justified by Faith, like that one leper who returned to give thanks to Jesus Christ, we need and must return in newness of life to live and lead a lifestyle that glorifies God. This is the “thanksgiving’ fit and required of us. The Bible actually describes it thus, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2 KJV)

Beloved, having received cleansing from the nature and rule of sin that had separated us from God, we must return to God to serve Him in a newness of life that glorifies God as a worthy and deserving thanksgiving to Him who restored us to Himself…this is our reasonable service.

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Dangers of Ingratitude

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. (Psalm 150:6)

Praise is the most authentic proof of the knowledge of God. It clearly and keenly elucidates one’s knowledge of the attributes and character of God. Praise is both of affirmation and proclamation. Often, we affirm the attributes of God but few proclaim God’s attributes,

As Sales Executive marketing the Product of his Company, one will expect the Sales Executive to “Praise” the Product sufficiently being a person expected to know the Product very well. The Sales Executive must be able to clearly convince prospective buyers by his good and accurate description of the latent attributes of the Product and its competency to cater for the intended use. When the Sales Executive sufficiently and accurate communicate the features of the Product, the prospective buyer will subsequently become a valued customer but should the Sales Executive be uninformed of the attributes of the Product, he cannot be sufficiently “Praise” the Product to the interest of others.

The knowledge of the God is a necessary basis to sing His Praise otherwise the Praise will lack luster, color and exuberance. Praise essentially is proclaiming the attributes and character of God. Effective Praise elevates the Person and Power of God to those who do not know Him and causes them to trust God in return.

Consider the case of David in his challenge against Goliath; ahead of the contest, he “Praised” God when he said, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him…Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”  (1 Sam. 17:34-37 NIV).  Notice he recounted what he knew of God to calm every frightened person in the camp; The Lord… will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.  This is the effect of God’s knowledge in David’s life to confront the present challenge and turn others to trust God.

Whenever we Praise God effectively and sufficiently, others (who do not know God) must gain truth about God by what we proclaim about Him and must be comfortable to confidently turn to believe and rely on Him to get the result we project by our Praise of God. This is the intense purpose of Praise.

Nothing is gained if we merely tell God, He is good, kind, “all that’, etc. but what we say of God does not convince others about God; then no “Product” is sold and no value gained.

David said, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalm 34:1-2). By the Praise of David, others shall hear of it and be glad. Today, let’s be intentional to communicate (Praise) what we know of God that others may hear thereof, and be glad. Praise the LORD

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Content of Water II

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Heb. 1:3 KJV)

Power is the capability to exercise control or influence on people or event. It is wedging means to determine or direct an outcome. It is the privileged ability to have things done to one’s intent and content. Power is sovereignty.

Power is a powerful tool which when correctly organized and utilized can deliver immense good and benefits. It could also be destructive and devastating when possessed or utilized by unscrupulous agents. About Power, it’s utilization and consequence, the Bible says; “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Prov. 29:2 KJV). This Scripture verse clearly emphasizes the utility of Power and its attending consequence or outcome. When Power is exercised by righteous, godly or God-fearing agents, there is relief, quietness and goodness; the people rejoice and the converse is the outcome when the wicked seizes power. It is this consequence of power utilization that warrants everyone’s responsibility to adjudicate who must bear power over his/her life or domain. The important note here is that Power exerts control on people. In an uncanny twist, we (each) get to choose who directs or exerts control over our lives and courses in life.

The natural ruler of the World we live-in is the wicked. The Bible says of him, “… the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2 Cor. 4:4 KJV). Notice, the discrepant adjudication of the god of this world to the magnificent benevolence of the glorious gospel of Christ; one being of blindness and the other being of enlightenment. It is to this important end that we must pursue to verify and validate who exercises power over us.

The Bible described the story of a certain man in John 5:1-9, who under the power of god of this world had been slain and laid by an infirmity for thirty-eight years. This is the nature of pain inflicted by the wicked when he holds sway over a man’s life by which the people mourn. Mourning is the song in the kingdom of the wicked and sorrow is the chorus. When this man encountered Jesus; the Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2 KJV) shone upon him and turned his life around. A different and superior power was exerted and joy overflowed his life. The Bible says, “When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.” (John 5:6-9 KJV).

Beloved, this is the nature of the eminent and imminent change one experiences when God steps into one’s life. He brings relieve and rejoicing into our lives; he frees us from the hardship and adversity of the wicked; He brings us into sabbath; signifying rest. About God, the Bible says, Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. (Psalm 147:5 KJV), God can make great change into our lives because He has power to overthrow the subordinate and inferior wickedness of the wicked to give one a new life of bliss. Let’s permit God to rule and direct our lives; rejoicing will be the result. Amen 

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