(SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018)
TOPIC : A BLESSED FRAGRANCE
TEXT- PSALM 147:1-20
“Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely” (Psalm 147:1).
Is there a direct relationship between enthralling praise and a supernatural intervention? Yes! The Bible is replete with such proven case studies. Jehoshaphat praised the Lord, and the confederacy of enemies against Judah scattered. Paul and Silas praised God at midnight and an earthquake liberated them from prison fetters. To those who praise the Lord heartily from truly transformed hearts, God often responds with immediacy. Real praise provokes the power of God.
David, the author of the psalm under consideration, understood what it meant to praise the Lord. He didn’t praise God just because it caught his fancy. His praise arose out of an intimate relationship with God, a keen awareness of His majesty and a tacit acknowledgement of His great deeds. Praises ignite God’s power.
Clearly, the praise that God accepts must flow from the in-depth part of the soul. It is a voluntary acknowledgement of the wholesome nature of the Almighty that is worthy of infinite adulation. The psalmist aptly teaches us how to praise God and what to praise Him for. Acceptable praise, from the text, needs be sincere, relational and enthralling. Do you find it difficult sustaining your praises and thanks-offering before the Lord? From today, praise God more for who He is, what He does and for the radiance of His glory. Let your praise outstrip narrow supplications and self-serving prayer schedule and discover the awesome power that moves mountains and breaks every yoke.
Thought for the day: Praise is a wonderful fragrance before the Most High.
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