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All of Creation Is To Praise God

I was reading from Psalm 148 today and one can easily read this portion of Scripture and see that all of creation is to praise God.  Everything that God has created is to praise Him.  This is why He created.  Everything is to the glory of God (Romans 11:33-36).

Psalm 148 reads in the New King James Version:

1   Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
2   Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
3   Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you stars of light!
4   Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!
5   Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.
6   He also established them forever and ever;
He made a decree which shall not pass away.
7   Praise the Lord from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all the depths;
8   Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
9   Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars;
10   Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and flying fowl;
11   Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
12   Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children.
13   Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
14   And He has exalted the horn of His people,
The praise of all His saints—
Of the children of Israel,
A people near to Him.

Praise the Lord!

I pray we join in with all of God’s creation and praise His holy name!

Written by The Seeking Disciple

06/09/2013 at 10:57 AM

Posted in Worship

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Praising God In Trials

True praise doesn’t flow just when everything is going the way we think it should go.  Often we are all guilty of praising God when times are good but do you praise God even when times are hard?  Do you praise God when life seems to be coming against you from every side?  True praise flows at all times and not just when we feel like praising God.

James 1:2-4 reminds me of that fact.  Trials come (v.2) but God allows trails to come to test our faith and to produce steadfastness (v.3).  Steadfastness in turn leads to us being perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (v.4).  How can this be?  Because praise breaks us into the presence of God and we realize that He is faithful and He is sufficient no matter what we face.  We choose to see God in our trials and we learn to praise Him in the midst of them and this leads us to see the sovereignty of God and trust completely in Him.  Verse 4 is not speaking about money or about sinlessness.  That is not even James’ point here.  He is speaking about a trust in God that does not waver in the midst of trials (v.6).  A trust in God that leads to us standing firm in our faith in the wisdom of God and the power of God (v.5).

Trails are not fun.  They often hurt.  But God is faithful and we can praise Him in the midst of the storms of life.  Praise has a way of focusing on what really matters and that is God Himself (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).  God is our delight.  God is our reward.  To be with Jesus is our aim (Philippians 1:20-21).  Praise has a way of showing us that this world and its pains are insignificant to the reality and glory of heaven (Revelation 21:1-4).  Come what may: cancer, debt, loss of freedoms, corruption of our bodies and decay, etc. – we can trust God and praise Him.  He is good.  He is faithful.  He is sovereign.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

09/30/2012 at 8:16 PM

The Gospel is Sufficient

I am amazed at how the gospel is carrying me through this trial of losing my mother to cancer.  I am finding strength from the Lord and finding that the gospel is giving me comfort, hope, and victory over all the lies of the enemy and the flesh.  There is no denying that my heart is breaking for my mama.  I will miss her deeply but I will rejoice that she is in the presence of the Lord and that she is no longer suffering from the effects of sin.  Victory will be her’s in Christ Jesus (John 11:25-26).

This all comes from the gospel.  The gospel carries us through trials.  The gospel gives us the power to help us overcome (1 John 5:1-4).  The gospel produces in us that calm assurance that God is sovereignly in control and that He is more than faithful to us by giving us His Son and by giving us His grace and mercy in our redemption.  The gospel reveals to me that we live in a sinful, fallen world that is doomed by sin (Romans 8:20-22).  The fall of man into sin brought death and destruction (Romans 5:12).  The fall is the reason that my mama has cancer.  She is fallen and so are you and I.  In reality, the gospel shows me that we deserve the wrath of God but we receive His mercy through the cross (Romans 5:8-9).  Apart from Christ, we deserve the just dues for our sin which is eternal death (Romans 6:23).  My mama is experiencing the Fall as she suffers in her last days.  She is a child of Adam and the wages of sin is death but praise God that He has saved her from spiritual death through the giving of His Son and by saving her by His grace (John 1:12-13; 5:24-25).

So the gospel reveals to me 1) the reason for my mama’s suffering (sin and the fall), 2) the faithfulness of God in the giving of His Son for our eternal salvation (John 3:16), and 3) that our salvation is not based on our goodness but upon the righteousness of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).  Jesus is our salvation!  He is the captain of our souls!

My mother, I believe, has placed her total faith in Jesus to save her and to take her to glory when she dies.  Jesus is our reward and our delight (Hebrews 11:6).  He is our rock of refuge (Proverbs 18:10) and He is our strength and our song and He has become our salvation (Psalm 118:14).  Jesus is the reason that heaven is glorious!  Forever and ever and ever we get the pleasure of worshiping He who died for our sins and was raised from the dead for our justification (Romans 4:24-25; Revelation 5:9-10). We will worship Jesus for all time and eternity but still never cease to tell of His wonder and His glory.

What a wonderful Savior is our King!  Jesus Christ is the gospel.  He fully reveals God to us since He is God (John 1:1; Colossians 1:15-20) and Jesus is worthy to be praised for saving us because He is our salvation through His own blood (Ephesians 1:7).  There is none as worthy as Jesus is worthy and no Savior but Him alone (John 14:6).  Let us rejoice in Him knowing that He is our salvation and He is the gospel.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/06/2012 at 11:10 PM

Praying From A Thankful Heart

Our human nature is not to see the good but the bad.  It is far easier to be critical and ungrateful for the blessings and liberties we have then to praise God with a thankful heart.  How often in prayer do we get on our knees before the Lord and begin to just thank Him for all that He has done for us?  Our we thankful that no matter what may come our way that He has said that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Romans 8:38-39; Hebrews 13:5)?  Are we thankful to God in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18)?  Do we have a thankful heart?

In Romans 1:21 Paul says that one of the reasons that God has given humanity over to our sinfulness lies in our lack of thanks.  Our lack of thankfulness is rebellion against our creator God.  When we fail to thank God for all His blessings even to the smallest parts of creation, we are failing to acknowledge Him as God.  Our foolish hearts fail to see that all that we have whether the air we breath, the clothes on our bodies, our health, etc. all come from God.  They are all gifts undeserved.  What we deserve is death (Genesis 2:16-17; Romans 5:12).  Instead, we receive God’s mercy and His grace extended to us abundantly in Christ Jesus (Romans 5:18-21).  And yet are we thankful to the Lord for this?  Do we praise Him for His great mercy toward us who rejected His love and His kindness given to us in His Son?

Prayer is humbling for that reason and more.  Prayer forces you to recognize that 1) you are not God, and 2) only God can be our answer.  Our hope doesn’t lie in the flesh or our ingenuity.  Our hope must come from God alone (Psalm 62:5).  Our salvation, our delight, our joy, our satisfaction, our eternal life is all found in Jesus.  He is our reason for living.  He is our passion.  He is our gospel.  He is our advocate, our Savior, our faithful high priest (Hebrews 7:25).  He is the one in whom we long for and the one in whom we have sat our affections.  Prayer brings us to see that we are so weak and frail in comparison to His majesty.  We are so full of sin in comparison to His perfection.  We are so ignorant in comparison to His great wisdom.  We are worthless in comparison to the sweet Son of God who is God’s precious Lamb (John 1:29).  Prayer forces us to see that all that we are, all that we have, and all that we will ever be comes from God’s sovereign hand and not by our own strength.

Therefore, I resolve that we pray with thankful hearts.  Let us pray with hearts full of praise to our God for His salvation.  Let us praise Him for His Church.  Let us praise Him for our freedom not just in the United States but through His Son (John 8:36).  Let us praise Him for His mercy.  Let us praise Him for His grace.  Let us be thankful that He alone is God and that He alone controls all things and upholds them by His word (Hebrews 1:3).  Let us praise Him that all things are under His control and that He can move mountains by His great power (Mark 11:22-24).  Let us resolve to be thankful people who praise God from grateful hearts that have been overwhelmed by His love (Romans 5:1-11; 1 John 3:1-3).

But most of all, let us be thankful for Jesus Christ who bore our sins on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21).  How great is His sacrifice.  How great was His love for us that took Him to the cross.  Jesus is our salvation.  Not a theory.  Not a doctrinal system.  Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer.  Jesus is our high priest who intercedes for us.  How can we fail?  How can we deny Him when we see His love and His salvation?  Let us fall on our faces and praise God for the wonderful gift of His Son (John 3:16)!

We have so much to be thankful to God for.  Let us not waste our time in self-pity but in praise for all His blessings that are not unearned and are completely undeserved.  What an awesome God!

Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/06/2012 at 5:44 PM

Posted in Prayer, Thankfulness

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