SING PRAISES TO HIS NAME

SING PRAISES TO HIS NAME

Human beings like to praise when they feel happy or joyous. Most of the time it is when things are going our way. That is when you hear songs like: “I can see everything turning around for my good”. Most human praise is conditional. We are accustomed to giving or receiving praise when something has been done to deserve it. Many of us do the same thing with God. If we feel He has served us well or come through with a miracle on our behalf, we praise Him. Songs like: “God is good, He’s good, He has done me well oh, my soul rise up and praise the Lord” come forth from our mouths. Otherwise, we don’t think about praising God much. The Psalmist however encourages us to praise God simply because He is God, not just because He has done something for us.  He of course deserves our praise when He does something out of the realms of our imaginations for us, but He also deserves our praise anyway because He is God.  We must therefore be determined to focus our prayer on the majesty, splendor, and glory of God rather than just on what we want God to do for us.

The different chapters in the Book of Psalms are devoted to praising God, but from Psalm 145- 150 the Psalms erupt in a non-stop song of praise. They include praises to God because of His majesty and love, praises to God because He is our help and the source of our happiness, praises to God for His word and providence, praises to God for all His wonderful creations, and praises to God for His salvation and His righteous judgement.  The climax of these songs of praises in Psalms 150 exhorts us to “Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heaven! Praise Him for His mighty works; praise His unequaled greatness!”  In short, we are asked to praise God not for only what He does but to also praise Him for who He is.  King David knew how to throw a punch in praise. No wonder the Lord called him a man after His own heart. This brother knew how to praise and make the Lord happy with his genuine heart of praise and worship. He was wealthy so he was not praising God for what he can get out of Him but for who He is.  In all that David did, as a shepherd boy, he praised God, as a warrior he praised God, as a King he built the house of praise and worship. Therefore, in fulfilling his God-given purpose, David praised God. In Psalm 9:1-2, he sings “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.”

My brothers and sisters, let us emulate King David and develop a heart of constant praise for our Lord, indeed He has done so much for us. Even if we have a zillion tongues, it is not enough to praise Him. Let us live our lives in such a way that people will see us and give glory to our God who is in heaven.  Recall the story of the man who received his healing from Apostle Peter in Acts 3:7. After his healing he went into the temple walking, jumping and praising God anyhow he could. Acts 3:9 tells us that the people were astounded about what had happened to him and how he was praising God. When we praise God with all we have and however we could, people will recognize the grace of God in our lives and that also in itself gives glory and honor to God. Psalm 150:6 says, “let everything that has breath praise the Lord”.  My brothers and sisters, for just being alive this morning, praise God with all your being and “Let EVERYTHING that have breath PRAISE the Lord. Halleluia!”

GIVING IS LIVING

GIVING IS LIVING

Human beings like to praise when they feel happy or joyous. Most of the time it is when things are going our way. That is when you hear songs like: “I can see everything turning around for my good”. Most human praise is conditional. We are accustomed to giving or receiving praise when something has been done to deserve it. Many of us do the same thing with God. If we feel He has served us well or come through with a miracle on our behalf, we praise Him. Songs like: “God is good, He’s good, He has done me well oh, my soul rise up and praise the Lord” come forth from our mouths. Otherwise, we don’t think about praising God much. The Psalmist however encourages us to praise God simply because He is God, not just because He has done something for us.  He of course deserves our praise when He does something out of the realms of our imaginations for us, but He also deserves our praise anyway because He is God.  We must therefore be determined to focus our prayer on the majesty, splendor, and glory of God rather than just on what we want God to do for us.

The different chapters in the Book of Psalms are devoted to praising God, but from Psalm 145- 150 the Psalms erupt in a non-stop song of praise. They include praises to God because of His majesty and love, praises to God because He is our help and the source of our happiness, praises to God for His word and providence, praises to God for all His wonderful creations, and praises to God for His salvation and His righteous judgement.  The climax of these songs of praises in Psalms 150 exhorts us to “Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heaven! Praise Him for His mighty works; praise His unequaled greatness!”  In short, we are asked to praise God not for only what He does but to also praise Him for who He is.  King David knew how to throw a punch in praise. No wonder the Lord called him a man after His own heart. This brother knew how to praise and make the Lord happy with his genuine heart of praise and worship. He was wealthy so he was not praising God for what he can get out of Him but for who He is.  In all that David did, as a shepherd boy, he praised God, as a warrior he praised God, as a King he built the house of praise and worship. Therefore, in fulfilling his God-given purpose, David praised God. In Psalm 9:1-2, he sings “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.”

My brothers and sisters, let us emulate King David and develop a heart of constant praise for our Lord, indeed He has done so much for us. Even if we have a zillion tongues, it is not enough to praise Him. Let us live our lives in such a way that people will see us and give glory to our God who is in heaven.  Recall the story of the man who received his healing from Apostle Peter in Acts 3:7. After his healing he went into the temple walking, jumping and praising God anyhow he could. Acts 3:9 tells us that the people were astounded about what had happened to him and how he was praising God. When we praise God with all we have and however we could, people will recognize the grace of God in our lives and that also in itself gives glory and honor to God. Psalm 150:6 says, “let everything that has breath praise the Lord”.  My brothers and sisters, for just being alive this morning, praise God with all your being and “Let EVERYTHING that have breath PRAISE the Lord. Halleluia!”

OUR YEAR OF SPRINGING FORTH

OUR YEAR OF SPRINGING FORTH

The scriptures remind us that God will cause both righteousness and praise to spring forth before all nations (Isaiah 61:11).  It is a promise the Lord has made and our prayer even as we move into a new year is that the Lord will fulfill His promises in us.  This new year must be our year of springing forth.  The springing forth of righteousness and praise will begin right here where are located and it will then spread to all nations.  The Word of God in Act 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  It is time for us to witness to the Lord but before we go to all the nations, we must start right here in our own Jerusalem.

What does it mean to spring forth?  Springing forth is about leaping out, rushing out, or to arise with vigor. In essence, this year is our year to arise and do what this scripture says, i.e., it is time for us to rise and be a witness to the Lord. It is time for us to be part of the righteousness and praise that will rise in all people in such a way that it will be a witness to all the nations.  The Lord has prepared us for a time like this and it is time for us to take our place in His plans for us.  Every virtue, every knowledge, every wisdom that the Lord Himself has sown in us will spring forth to achieve the purpose for which the Lord had planted all these attributes in us.

For the righteousness of God to spring forth from us, we must lay aside our old ways of doing things and embrace God’s way.  God’s way is commitment.  God’s way is putting Him first.  God’s way is about love for Him and for His people. God’s way is living a righteous life.  We cannot bring the sheep in unless the love for the sheep fills our hearts. The old us must go and make room for the new us.  “Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert” – Isaiah 43;19. It is time for us to make room in our lives for the great and wonderful things the Lord wants to do with us.  Not only has He prepared us Himself, His promise is that He will also make a way.

We are a people who love God, who love His people, and who are being transformed daily to serve Him.  We have been prepared to become disciples of Christ so we can yield to His command for us to go and make disciples of the world.  We have been prepared for a time like this.  The Word of God says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”  The Lord Himself has chosen and anointed us for this task. Not only shall we spring forth to declare His Word so that righteousness and praise will fill the earth, every aspect of our lives that will enable us to do the work He has called us to do will also spring forth.  He will make a way for us.  Our blessings shall spring forth.  Our healings shall spring forth.  Our breakthroughs shall spring forth.

The only thing the Lord asks of us is to seek first His righteousness.  For good things to spring forth for us, God requires that we serve Him in righteousness.  The Word of God says, “Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard” – Isaiah 58:8.  In short, He has set us apart for this task and He will make it possible for us to accomplish.  Our righteousness must however lead the way for us.

So, my brothers and sisters, let us arise and spring forth to do the work of God in this new year.  His promise for us is that when our righteousness goes before us, His glory shall follow us. I pray that you will spring forth to do God’s work in this year, and every blessing He has in stock for you will also spring forth in Jesus’ blessed name.