Praise the Lord, everybody!

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Praise the Lord.

I will extol the Lord with all my heart
    in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

Great are the works of the Lord;
    they are pondered by all who delight in them.
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    and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
    the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He provides food for those who fear him;
    he remembers his covenant forever.

Psalm 111.4He has shown his people the power of his works,
    giving them the lands of other nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
    all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever,
    enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
He provided redemption for his people;
    he ordained his covenant forever—
    holy and awesome is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
    To him belongs eternal praise.

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Hope for today: greatness and power

HopeYours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all. 1 Chronicles 29:11

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The Lord is my Rock

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I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1-3

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Wisdom Wednesday – Holy is the Lord!

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Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday! Holy is the Lord!
Today, the Word of God only. God speaks, revealing His holiness to man.
Truly, a ‘selah’ and worship moment.

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“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power
and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
Revelation 7:12

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Chosen by God

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Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, you shall be My treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”Exodus 19:5-6

We see today that the Lord was calling the people of Israel into a covenant relationship. Verses 5 and 6 gives three titles that God gave to this nation: 1) a treasured possession, 2) a kingdom of priests, and 3) a holy nation. We also see that the covenant was conditional…”If you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant.”

Here we are facing the Sovereignty of God one time. In the midst of these titles the Lord declares “for all the earth is Mine.” Amen! I Am God! You may still have memory of all those foreign ‘g’ods in Egypt but please know and understand that there is no God but Me. Isaiah 43 comes to my heart:

10 “You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord,
    “and My servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe Me
    and understand that I Am He.
Before Me no god was formed,
    nor will there be one after Me.
11 I, even I, Am the Lord,
    and apart from Me there is no savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
    I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I Am God.
13     Yes, and from ancient days I Am He.
No one can deliver out of My hand.
    When I act, who can reverse it?”

I am God and I choose you as My treasure and desire to set you apart unto Myself as a holy nation dedicated to intimate relationship with Me as a display of My glory. The Lord instructed Moses to return to the people and put the Lord’s loving, gracious, and merciful proposal before them. We will look at the people’s response later but on today we give God thanks that He gives the believer a similar proposal.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9

God has called those who placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to be:

  • A chosen race – I can’t help but smile even as I type this in the midst of times when the enemy is firing his darts of division and confusion, pitting one race against another…not just black and white but all races. God says, I call the believer into one race, the Christian race.
    So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:26-29) .” I can remember as a child when we would rebel against what our mama said she would tell us, “You better get over yourself.” So it would seem that any believer caught up in a movement of supremacy over other races or personally thinking such about themselves, best examine themselves before the Lord and His Word. As we sung as children, “Red, yellow, black and white, we are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” Selah.
  • A royal priesthood – a people who have access to God, who do not have need of another priest. Jesus is our High Priest and He mediated this at the cross. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:5-6). We are granted the privilege of His presence at all times and whatever we do should be in His service and for His glory. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession (Hebrews 4:14).” Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship (Romans 12:1-2).
  • A holy nation – a people set apart to Him and for Him, new creatures in Christ. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. We are transformed into His character and because He is holy, we are holy and we surrender our lives to Him as He transforms us from glory to glory.
  • A people for His own possession – He is our God and we are His people. As verse 10 declares, Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. This is truly a Shout Now, Hallelejah! Truth! Selah.
  • A people to proclaim the excellencies of Him – the people the Lord created for Himself that we might declare His praise. Oh my, what a privilege!

HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!!!
SELAH!

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love, faith, mercy, and praise

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17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

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Remember…

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And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24

Blessings today! It’s Wisdom Wednesday!

I pray that you will be blessed with some quick and easy things worth remembering to the glory of God! Enjoy your day!

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“I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law.” Psalm 119:55

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“Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.” 1 Corinthians 11:2

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“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel…” 2 Timothy 2:8

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“”In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” Acts 20:35

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“Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced…”
Psalm 105:5

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“I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.” Psalm 77:11

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“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:” Psalm 103:2

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Let’s trust God as remember His wonderful grace, mercy, and goodness
and give Him the highest praise, Hallelujah!

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Psalm 81: Remember, then praise

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When God went out against Egypt,
    he established it as a statute for Joseph.

I heard an unknown voice say:

“I removed the burden from their shoulders;
    their hands were set free from the basket.
In your distress you called and I rescued you,
    I answered you out of a thundercloud;
    I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Psalm 81:5-8

After the Psalmist has called the people to look at the character of God and begin to worship and praise Him, the door opens for more praise.  You see, when you begin to meditate on the character of God, experience His love, remember His grace, contemplate His mercy, consider His faithfulness, reflect upon His protection, ponder His provision, think about His goodness, deliberate His sufficiency, meditate upon His peace, glory in His strength!  You can’t help but to remember all the times that He has manifested these character traits in your own life and praise, worship, and devotion becomes the outflow.

In verse 5, the Lord begins to recount the past of the Israelites. He reminds them of Egypt and how He brought them out of a land where they heard a language that they didn’t even understand.  They were foreigners, aliens in a strange land.  The Lord recalls how He removed their burden and set them free – took them out of bondage.  The Psalmist is saying you’ve got something to sing about.  You’re no longer bound, no more taskmasters, no more Pharaoh’s – you’ve got something to shout about.  You are no longer bent over from the weight of those baskets, carrying those bricks – I set you free!  I removed the yokes!  You ought to be singing, shouting, praising, and worshiping Me, the One who did all that for you. The Lord is saying the things I have done on your behalf ought to be forever in your heart and mind – never to forget!  I brought you out of Egypt and took care of your every need! 

Remember the Red Sea, remember the rock that water poured from, remember how I guided you in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, remember?  Remember how I fed you manna from heaven, remember how you rebelled and was stiff-necked? I tested you and you failed the test.  I could have destroyed the entire nation but instead I kept my promises – remember?  You’ve got something to sing about, something to shout about because I Am your God and your strength.  I gave you birth, sustained you, and I Am with you now.  You should have a taste for praise and worship.  Selah!  Pause and ponder that for a moment. Amen

 The Word of God calls for us to do the same thing today – to Selah, to pause and ponder, to just look back over your life and remember the goodness of your God.  We were in bondage ourselves, wrapped up, tangled up but it wasn’t in Jesus.  David said in Psalm 51:5, surely, I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Galatians 3:22 declares the whole world is a prisoner of sin.  Romans 3:23 tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There is just no way of denying it – sin had us bound.  Romans 6:23 tells us that sin demands a wage, and that wage is death.  We were dead men walking in our sin, shame and guilt, too blind to even know – doomed to a certain hell, separated from the God who made us.  That was our condition when God declared that I so love these people that I will give my only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life. 

Today is a good day to remember your history1 You know your story, you know the condition you were in when God drew you unto Himself, took the blinders off, loosed the shackles and paid your sin debt, redeemed you from the curse and set you free.  May we never to forget and always remember…and give God praise.

The Lord encourages us to understand that we got something to sing about, we’ve got something to shout about, something to lift up holy hands about, surely there ought to be a taste for praise and worship! There ought to be a taste for submission, a taste for surrender, a taste for obedience, a taste for repentance, a taste for commitment, a taste for intimacy with the God who saved us, snatched us from the pit of hell and made us to be His children! Selah! Shout now, Hallelujah!

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A festival of praise

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Sing for joy to God our strength;
    shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
Begin the music, strike the timbrel,
    play the melodious harp and lyre.

Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon,
    and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;
this is a decree for Israel,
    an ordinance of the God of Jacob. Psalm 81:1-4

Today, we look at verse 4, “this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.”  A decree God established way back when He brought the Israelites, the seed of Abraham, out of Egypt. 

Let me ask you again, what you got a taste for?  I pray you have a taste for worship because these verses let us know that worship is decreed by God, it is an ordinance or the duty of the child of God.  This was so important that God set a festival for His people to pause and remember His great love and mercy.

This verse declares that the seed of Abraham should do so. We are to take time and pause to give the Almighty God praise. The seed of Abraham includes every true believer for Galatians 3:29 tells us if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. If you are saved today, then you are the seed of Abraham and it is your duty to give Him praise and worship you created you, loved you, rescued and redeemed you with the blood of His Son! Truly, He is a shield around us, our glory, and the Lifter of our heads! Selah!

Surely praise is the overflow of our hearts. The fact that this is the correct response to God’s so love is proven in the Word.

Did God not say, “let everything that has breath praise the Lord (Psalm 150:6)”?  Did He not say in Psalm 100, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.”  Did He not say in Psalm 48:1, “Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise.”  Yes, the Word of God calls us to praise! 

How Awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth. “Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praise.  For God is the King of all the earth; sing to Him a psalm of praise (Psalm 47:6-7).” Amen! 

God, Himself, encourages His people to praise Him! May this be our song, I will bless the Lord at all times His praise shall continually be in my mouth, O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt, lift up, extol, glorify, and magnify His Holy, Righteous, Pure and Perfect Name together. Amen! Psalm 34.

I pray we all have a taste for praise because God has brought us out of our own Egypt. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14).” Amen! Shout now, Hallelujah! Clap your hand, sing a song of joy and praise the Holy Name off the Lord! Selah!

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Psalm 81: Shout Now! Hallelujah!

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Sing for joy to God our strength;
    shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
Begin the music, strike the timbrel,
    play the melodious harp and lyre.

Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon,
    and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;
this is a decree for Israel,
    an ordinance of the God of Jacob. Psalm 81:1-4

This glorious Psalm encourages us in joyous praise as it beckons us to begin the music- strike up the tambourine, the harp and lyre- play the instruments. In today’s world, it might equate to play the keyboard and the guitar, the drums and the violin, add the trumpet and the sax and let’s make a joyful noise unto the Lord.  Let’s give our God the glory due His Great, Mighty, and Awesome Name for that is what we were created to do. 

It’s what we do in our worship services. We don’t come together to exalt self, to show our high fashion, or to cause others to think that we are “spiritual.” We gather in the house of God to lift up and magnify the Lord, Jesus Christ and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. We come to bow before in worship, declaring to Him that He is our greatest treasure. We do this in prayer, with the reading and hearing the Word of God, in loving and encouraging each other in Christ, in the giving of our offerings and we do it in joyous lifting our voices in song and in playing music unto the Lord. Now I know, some say it doesn’t take all that but we are people of the Word, aren’t we? Some say all the instrument and singing is entertainment but I lay the Word before you and simply ask “Who wrote this Psalm that calls for the instruments to be included in the joyful praise?”  It is the same with the clapping of hands. I stumbled into an article recently where someone raised the question if it was right for hand clapping to take place in the church. The response was hand clapping belongs to the world and entertainment. We come to church to worship. May I please just ask “what shall we do with Psalm 47:1?”

“Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!”

Now, that’s the English Standard Version. No room for saying that it  is a loose translation. I know, traditions die hard so let’s include the King James translation, “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.”

Come on, shout now, HALLELUJAH and give the Lord a hand clap of praise!

Shall I reserve for the Seahawks and Warriors what God has called for in praise? Shall I use the hands God created to applaud man and not the God who created them? Just have to tell ya, no rock will cry out for me.

In verse 3, the New Moon feast was a day, when all the Israelites came together to worship and to present their offerings just like many of us will do on tomorrow.  The Psalmist is telling us that all times are appropriate for praise but especially when we come together in the sanctuary of the Lord.  How can we not praise the Living God when we remember His character and nature?  When we look back over the week and remember that His loving grace and mercy has allowed us to experience His character and nature all week long. As we think about just how good God has been there should be worship out of a heart of joy, singing aloud to our Lord, praising His Name unashamedly as we rejoice together. This is why verse 1 says “Sing for joy to God OUR strength. Joy is contagious and your joy with the Spirit of God moving from heart to heart will help me realize mine even when the storms of life are raging. So please don’t hold back God has purpose in it all. Go ahead and allow God to quench your thirst as His joy, Jesus joy rises up in you!

May our God stir us to keep an appetite for singing… and shouting… and music… and prayer… and the giving of offerings… and especially for the living Word of God!

The Lord questions, what do you have a taste for?
He says, it pleases me when it’s joyous praise and worship.

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