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Don’t Forget to Praise Him!

What creates the need and desire to Praise the Lord?
How easy it is to forget praising our
Creator when there is no difficulty in our lives.
It is when floods and earthquakes, and
death of loved ones comes we remember the blessings and joy we enjoyed. And we
praise Him. Apostle Paul wrote these words in Ephesians 3:14-21, giving us an understanding
of His Great Love.  
                For this
reason, I bow my knees before the Father,
 from whom every family in heaven and on
earth is named,
 that according
to the riches of His glory, He may grant you to be strengthened with
power through His Spirit in your inner being,
 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through
faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have
strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height
and depth,
 and to know the
love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with
all the fullness of God.
 Now to Him
who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or
think, according to the power at work within us,
 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
        
The
immensity and grandeur of praising is capsuled in three words, we all want to
hear, “I Love You!”  I received a birthday card that reminds of how loved
we are; You are loved by Jesus, higher than the Sky, and deeper than the
Ocean
.  Our Lord gives each of us a purpose in this life. And the
purpose begins with loving the God who loved us first.
        
There is not a moment of life on earth our Lord does not think about us. He
records our lives, moment by moment, in His Book.  How can we forget this
Steadfast One for even an instant?  
        
Lyrics of a hymn tell us what God the Father is about. “There’s salvation in
your name, Jesus Christ, my living hope
.”  We remember the leading of
God for salvation during three moments in history before Christ–The flood when
Noah and his family had salvation, 2294BC. Abraham, who had
none, is promised children a covenant with God. Children as many
as the sand or stars in the sky, and leaves Haran believing God, 1926 BC. God
led the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt and crossed the Red Sea, 1456
BC.
        
Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying, “I
will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider
He has thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has
become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him, my Father’s God,
and I will exalt Him.”
Exodus 15:1-2.
        
Then God sent His Son, Jesus to earth in 6BC, and He is our way of salvation. Salvation
belongs to the Lord; your blessing on your people!
Psalm 3:8.
        
Behold God is my salvation; I will trust and will not be afraid for the Lord
God is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation
. Isaiah
12:2.
        
Salvation is God’s plan for those who love Him, living for Him, believing!
Wash
your face every morning in a bath of praise
.” Charles Spurgeon.
        
The ten lepers stood at the edge of the city as Jesus walked by. Jesus healed
them all.  Then one of them says he is healed, and he fell on his
face at praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet,
giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan
. Luke 17:15-16.
        
We are the benefactors of the Hallelujahs to God the Father. The stars shine
in their brilliance and the birds never sing a mournful song. And the bulletin
board of joy in God when we look up. The sky, splashed with delights of
color in the clouds, the sunrise, and the setting of the sun shouts Hallelujah.
Refreshment falls from the sky in drops of moisture replenishing the earth. The
moon shines in joy, but never outshines the glory of God. The sun shines with a
brilliance gaining all its warmth in hugs of delight from God.
        
The butterflies and flowers delight the eye with their reminder of God’s love
of diversity in color and design. The wind is as gentle as a mother’s
hug and sometimes has a loud voice, and only God can calm the sea.
        
How can we remember to praise Him? Robert Morgan suggests Living with the Perspective
of Praise
. Alas, or Alleluia becomes our two choices. Our
mind directs the heart and we follow the precepts of the scripture. Awake to
searching The Word leads to Joy, and we give Him Praise.
        
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on
earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden
with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears,
then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Colossians
3:2-4. This is an Alleluia Scripture, the way to live joyously and thanking God
for His leading.
        
Living each day in His Way gives a heritage for the family to follow when you
leave one day. This legacy is knowing how to handle anger, lies, and malice
with love and forgiveness.  All the ugliness of life becomes bearable when
we follow Jesus and praise Him. Psalm105 gives these words in Verse 5. Remember
the wondrous works, that He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He
uttered
.

         This is the beginning of Alleluia Living! Remember all the ways God has blessed
you. Oh, give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known
His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all
His wondrous works!  Glory in his holy name; let
the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! 
Psalm
105:1-3.

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