Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Praise the Lord

Praise the Lord from the earth, mountains and all hills...Let them praise the Lord (Psalm 148: 7-13)

"Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts that of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness."
Psalm 150:1-2

-- All of Psalm 150 is about Praising the Lord.
The previous 4 Psalms also begin with exhortations to praise the Lord. It is clear that God desires our praise. I believe praising the Lord is extremely important, for the simple fact that it takes our minds off of ourselves and places our focus on God. When we praise the Lord it releases Him to work in our lives.
When Judah was being attacked by the Moabities and Ammonites, Jehoshaphat appointed song leaders to praise the Lord. As they praised, the Bible says that the Lord set ambushments against the enemy and they were defeated (2Chr. 20:21-22).
Joshua and the Israelites marched around Jericho, and on the 7th day and the 7th march around the city that day; they shouted to the Lord and the walls of Jericho came crumbling down (Joshua 6:12-22).
When we praise God in spite of how our circumstances look it does something in the heart of God and releases His power into our lives.

Lets learn to praise the Lord at all times, it may not be easy, but it allows God to work by His mighty power.
Father I thank You for Your word, I thank You that You are the Almighty living God. Teach me to humbly praise You at all times, even though I don't feel like it sometimes. Take my life now and make me all that You want me to be. I praise You right now, I worship You. In Jesus Name, amen.

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