Give God thanks for all He does for you.
We turn to God with so many needs. We ask so much. But are we grateful for answered prayer? How would you feel if you handed someone a gift and they grabbed it happily and ran off without thanking you? We do that a lot with God. We get so excited when the answers come that we forget that is was the love of God that moved for us.
Thankfulness does more for us than we think. Ten lepers cried out to Jesus for healing, and Jesus healed them. Only one came back to thank Him and worship Him. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” (Luk 17:17-19)
Thankfulness gave the leper a greater healing than those who didn’t come back. Maybe they only got a partial healing. Maybe it was only temporary. I don’t know, but it looks like they didn’t get as much as the one with the grateful heart.
Never forget the One who loves you enough to answer your prayer. Be thankful for all that He does for you.
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Not enough words to praise God.
God is good, kind, wonderful, amazing, special, amazingly special. He is love. He is loving. He’s a lover. He is sweet, generous, thoughtful, and giving. He is merciful, forgiving, and forgetful (of my sins). He is big—really big. He is bigger than my imagination. He is powerful and strong. He can do what no one else can do. And He can do it every time.
Jesus is amazing. He is the greatest King, greater than all kings rolled into one really big king. He is magnificent and humble. He is beautiful and joyful and happy. He is Lord and sovereign over all things. He is savior and healer and deliverer. He is the first and last and everything in-between. He’s a flower and a lion and a lamb and a star. He is the Word and the Wisdom of all the ages. He is the best big brother and the closest friend.
The Holy Spirit is a genius. He is funny and quirky and cunning and sly. He is compassionate and thoughtful and delightful. He is helpful and the very best teacher ever. He is modest yet highly skilled and talented. He is the Spirit of skill and talent. He is awesome.
God is above all—so high above all that all can not come close. And I love Him.
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Sing your praise to God.
Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before His presence with singing. (Psa 100:2) God is a lover and He wants His people to be lovers as well. He wants us to enjoy Him as much as He enjoys us. If you go before God in song, how can you not be full of joy? If course, I’m not talking about somber litanies that would put Him to sleep. I’m talking about joyful worship.
I really think God loves music. I think He loves instrumental music as well as singing. I think there will be a lot of music in heaven. He loves it when you sing to Him. It doesn’t have to be out of the hymn book. You can sing to Him in the shower with made-up words and made-up songs. You can sing the Psalms to Him. You can sing in tongues to Him. I think He just loves a heart full of music and praise. It’s the joy of the Lord being expressed back to Him.
Stop thinking that you never sing because you don’t have a good voice. That won’t fly with God. Make a joyful noise. It’s a command. Who cares if you’re not professional. Very few of us are. Allow yourself to praise Him in song and see how He fills your heart with joy.
Another post on verbal praise: The Sound That Matters
Praise God with everything that’s in you.
When Jesus made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the Pharisees told Him to rebuke His disciples for praising Him openly. But Jesus said, I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out. (Luk 19:40) When it’s time to praise the Lord, nothing will hold it back.
The Spirit of God within you loves to praise and glorify Jesus. Have you ever been in church during worship and felt something rise up within you that you really wanted to let out? Is it praise that you can’t explain? Is it a joyful noise that threatens to bubble out uncontrolled? Is it an overwhelming feeling of worship and adoration to God that you want more than anything to express?
You probably didn’t let it out. You probably followed the normal pattern of the service. That’s too bad. When the Spirit of God stirs up praise and you enter into it, you join the angelic choirs that never cease to give Him glory. That kind of praise will fill you as you give it out. It will leave you shaken and changed.
Imagine the stones crying out in praise because no man would. God will be glorified. Join with the heavenly host and let His name be praised!
Another post on praise: God Like Praise Loud
True humility offers gemstones of praise.
The strength in humility comes from understanding that the good that we do comes from the grace of God. No one is good but One, that is, God. (Mat 19:17) When we accomplish something significant, it’s easy to feel good about ourselves, but that accomplishment is done through God’s grace. Receive the praise that you get. That’s not a bad thing, but then turn and give what you have received to Jesus.
It’s not bad to acknowledge that you did something good. It was your work and effort. It’s false humility to say it wasn’t you, it was God. You did do it, so be happy about it. But when you are alone with God, give Him the praise He deserves.
When you do that, He smiles and says, You liked that? Want to see something even better? Then you can trust Him for the next great thing. The more you thank Him for, the more He can do for you. If you hold onto all the praise, you’re left to your own human efforts. That may take you to a certain level, but not nearly as far as true humility will.
Never hold onto the praise that you receive. Use it to offer a beautiful gem at the feet of Jesus and let Him bless your next efforts with even greater success.
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Unity in praise brought the glory of the Lord.
There is an amazing story in the Bible about moving the ark into Solomon’s new temple. The temple was filled with priests and singers and musicians. It came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music…the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. (2Chr 5:13-14)
Now that’s a worship service I want to be in. I don’t think it would only happen with something as grand as moving the ark. God inhabits the praises of His people. When the trumpeters and the singers were as one, when everyone was in unity in praise, God came down.
Imagine if everyone joined in praise without any thought to anything else. No one standing around while other people sang. No one looking around to see who was watching. What if everyone’s heart was focused on God, full of praise and worship? Complete unity in praise is attractive to God. He can’t help Himself from filling the room with His presence. Wouldn’t you love to see that?
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Shout to the Lord. He likes it loud.
God’s version of praise is not nearly as sedate as ours. He likes things messy and loud. I’m not sure where we got the idea that praise was to be sung in a restrained and respectful manner. When the Lord said, be still and know that I am God, He wasn’t talking about times of praise. He wants to hear us shout. Continue reading “God Likes Praise Loud” »