Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- January 9, 2012
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6
“Praise the Lord” is not just a celebration of gratitude to God, and reverent worship of our King, it is also a command. Jesus directs us to worship our Heavenly Father in “spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24). The pinnacle of praise found in this last Psalm is an exhortation to praise Him in His sanctuary. It is with music, instruments, dancing, spiritual songs and hymns that we praise Him.
The church’s chorus of praise to Christ rises high above to the courts of heaven. In reverence and thanksgiving we praise Him for His mighty acts: His creation for its beauty and majesty, His redemption for its forgiveness and freedom, and His holiness for its purity and power. Praise to the Lord reveals the Lord.
“Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious.” Psalm 66:2
You praise Him for His glory, but in the process you receive the benefit of His blessings. Praise solicits the blessing of His security and peace. It is in the act of adoration of His character that you are comforted by His care and compassion. Praise produces peace that flows from a prayerful and sincere heart for God. There is a calm confidence that comes from crying out to Christ in praise and worship.
It is the battle cry for believers as they engage the enemy in everyday life. Just as the Lord instructed His children to praise Him in preparation for battle, and during battle (2 Chronicles 20:21-23), so you are wise to apply the weapon of praise as you encounter the world, the flesh and the devil. Praising the Lord is your pronouncement of His sovereign security in your Savior Jesus. Praise Him while you have breath, and you will bring glory to God.
“The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him” (Exodus 15:2).
What challenges am I encountering that invites me to aggressively praise the Lord?
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