Sincere Praise! .. Leads to Worship!

I was recently in a worship service – a church service – that had me in a place of worship to Him so real that I forgot where I was. I was with Him, near Him, could feel His presence. I had only experienced this a few times, to be honest, in a church service setting. I was thinking about how in that service, the praise to Him was sincere. No performance, no desire to be heard by the congregation … only led by hearts that just wanted to give God true praise. Well … don’t we all want to? Don’t we at least THINK its what we want?

I’ve learned for myself that when we human beings that believe and trust in God have experienced His hand in our lives … there is something in us that just wants to dance and scream and jump and just cry out our love for Him all of the time. And truthfully, there is not even one of us who has not experienced the amazing power of His hand in our lives. Just think about it … Have you been healed? Have your needs been met? Has he sent you a God committed spouse? Have you had children when doctors said no way? Have you understood completely your life purpose? Have you been given strength to endure difficult things? Have you been forgiven for much that you’ve engaged in? Praise Him!!!

Praise means that you thank Him and affirm that He is The One who has carried out all good in your life. Your praise should move you to worship Him. Worship is submission of yourself to Him. Worship is when you humility, surrender, adoration and reverence. Worship is what makes you bow before Him and give yourself to Him completely. Just Think About It!

I was reading Revelations and when I looked at chapter 4, it just gave a beautiful picture of what happens in glory. The heavenly creatures, who have never lived on this earth, praise Our God. And the praise of these creatures leads to worship in its highest form.

They worship The One who sits on the throne because He is both Holy and Worthy. For them, none of that is in question at all. The beauty and synchronicity is not coincidental as these heavenly beings bring before Him what He is due. The creatures are obviously beings that have not lived among men on earth. Their purpose from eternity past is to give glory, honor and thanksgiving. They live out their ONE purpose to praise Him!

Well, what’s our ONE purpose. I thought deeply about those who walk down here – among men – who have an understanding of God’s gracious lovingkindness toward His creation and are competent to worship. It should be that way here on earth.

The saying is that everyone with any knowledge can give Him praise. It doesn’t take any theological knowledge, we have daily experiential knowledge to understand that glory, honor and thanksgiving are due Him! Anyone who believes in God can do that! Even if we think about the beauty of our salvation from sin alone!!! (Don’t miss your shout cue!) But as those beings in Heaven do what is natural to them because eternity is in their hearts … it should move those of us with the knowledge of Him in our lives and in our hearts to a place of high worship. Oh Lord You Are Worthy!!

Father, as we judge the church, or brothers, for their shallow praise or what seems like a lesser praise to us – convict our hearts! For every “HALLELUJAH!!” we hear — move our heart to worship. For every “GOD IS GOOD!” we hear, please Lord – move our hearts to worship You. Because You are worthy, Our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and praise, for you created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being. For You created each on of us …. Oh, Lord!! The praise, glory and honor that we are able to give will never be enough!!!! Help us Lord to praise You in real way

Something to ‘Shout’ about

Life brings with it issues, troubles, pain … things that non of us desire to come our way. This is a strong truth. But, as children of the Most High God we have before us a victory that can never be anything but VICTORY! We know that we are loved unconditionally and eternally. We know we have been redeemed and have an eternal home in heaven. We know that we have been created by The Most High God. We know that our lives have purpose given to us by The Most High God. We know that He will fight for us. We know that even when we are weak or weary – we have power and strength from Him. We know that we are never left behind. We know that we are never abandoned. We know that His word is True. Hallelujah!!!! We truly have something to shout about.

We, as believers in Christ and as Children of God, must be sure to share te news about our beautiful gifts and promises with everybody. We need to share them with our Sisters & Brothers in Christ to ensure that they are encouraged and not dismayed. We need to share this with the lost all around us so that they will know, without any doubt that choosing to follow God – choosing to accept Christ … is a path to victory and peace.

We ought to be telling the truths of God in ways that spread the truths of God’s power! Everyone around us, that hears us talk and watches us live, should see and hear the worship of Our Father. Preaching the gospel to every nation brings a hope that only comes from God!! We should be telling the entire world to believe in Jesus Christ, the redeemer. We should be telling the whole world to believe and trust in God, the One who never leaves nor forsakes His people!

In the church I grew up in, when they said ‘Something to shout about’ they meant that we should dance in celebration before God in the way that David did in 2 Samuel. Worshipping God. Thanking God. Celebrating Victory. Physically reacting to the beauty, the peace, and the joy of being Children of God. So, I’m telling you for sure that we have something to shout about and we need to spread the message to the entire world!