Tag Archive | honor and praise to the Lord

Psalm 96: 10-13 ” Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns.’ The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing before the Lord, for He comes, He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His truth.”

The Lord reigns over all, and one day He will return to judge the world with justice. (Acts 17:31)  And it tells us here that heaven and earth, the sea and fields… even the trees will rejoice at His coming.  But they all may be singing already, for in Psalm 65:9 it says, “You care for the land and water it; You enrich it abundantly.” And because of God’s wonderful care for the earth, starting in verse 13 of Chapter 65, it says the grasslands of the desert overflow, the hills are clothed with gladness, the meadows are covered with flocks, the valleys are mantled with grain, and they all shout for joy and sing.  So just imagine, every crash of waves on the shore, every rustle of leaves or ripe grain in the field could be the earth’s way of praising God…we just don’t know the song.

Psalm 96: 4-6 ” For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary.”

“For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.”  (Psalm 95:3)  I added the emphasis  to make us all think for a moment of just how glorious and awesome God is.  He is deserving of our praise and worship… He is God (capitol G)… not all the “little” gods we allow in our life.  For when we put our trust in idols (little gods),  we’re putting our confidence in worthless and vain man-made objects…not the God that created the heavens and earth.  He is the one and only great God above all, and is so worthy of our praise.

I Corinthians 10:31 ” So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

The world tells us to do whatever will make us happy at the moment.  We’re also encouraged to look out for #1…and that the desire for immediate gratification is normal.  But Christians are not called to do what makes us happy…we are called to do what glorifies God.   Honoring God in whatever we do will quickly strip away all of our selfish, self-absorbed, self-centered ambitions and behaviors, for we will take on a servant’s heart.  And servant-hood is all about others…not about self.

Exodus 15:2 ” The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

Something happens to us as we learn to trust the Lord.  Our reliance on our-self diminishes as our dependence on Him increases.   Our old self, with all its baggage, slowly falls away as we learn to trust and have confidence in Him and His plan for our life.  And as we’re changed from the inside out, true joy, happiness, and hope fill us to overflowing…and we too can then join in this song of praise from Moses and Miriam.

Psalm 115:1 ” Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to Your name be the glory, because of Your love and faithfulness.”

This verse implies… it’s not about us…and it’s not at all about our “righteous acts”.  That’s because God’s infinite mercy and kindness towards us isn’t based on our works.  It’s actually quite the opposite…for in Isaiah 64:6 it says, “…all our righteous acts are like filthy rags to God.”  And if you think about it,  we can’t even take any credit for the relationship we have with God…for without the Cross spanning that chasm between God and man, we’d be lost.  No, all honor needs to go to God, the Creator and source of everything. All glory needs to be ascribed to Him… for He is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.  (Exodus 34:6)

Psalm 146:2 ” I will praise the Lord, O my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”

When we praise the Lord with a heart full of thankfulness…we rise.  We rise above our circumstances, we rise above the current pain, and we rise above our negative emotions.  But when we just complain to the Lord…we remain.  We remain stagnant in the mess around us, and we remain unhappy…wallowing in self-pity.  Now that’s not saying we can’t ever complain to the Lord…Jeremiah and Habakkuk did for a few…but in the end they turned their protests into praise.  That’s because they looked beyond their griping and grumbling to the bigger picture of gratitude.  When we praise, we rise…but when we complain, we remain.

I Corinthians 10:31 ” So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

We hope that we’re honoring God during the Church Service, or when we’re praying for someone in the hospital.  But this Scripture tells us that we need to be showing respect to God in everything we do.  For if you think about it…all aspects of our lives are ordained by His hand.  That includes the mundane and boring, and the simple day-to-day tasks we take for granted.  That’s because we never know when He’ll take a practical chore and turn it into a divinely assigned God moment.