Powerful praise

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Psalm 66:1–5

1 Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!

2 Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious.

3 Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.

4 All the earth shall worship You And sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.” Selah

5 Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul.

17 I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was extolled with my tongue.

18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.

19 But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.

20 Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me!

When I read the Psalms and see the exuberance with which they praised God I sometimes think that we are missing something in our praise. This Psalm speaks to a time of great trial, a time when God oppressed his people. It speaks of the enemies bringing defeat and difficulty. But then it speaks to God hearing and turning back the trial and bringing his abundance. Maybe the church today has not had enough trials.

Don’t get me wrong, I do not wish for frontal attacks from the enemy bringing us to the brink of destruction. I do wish that we would pray to God from the edge of the cliff and see Him do for us what we could never do for ourselves. I long to see His mighty hand work on our behalf through the salvation of men and women in the community and thus to build His church.

The greatest praise comes after the greatest blessings. We praise God for our eternal salvation and we should. Do we realize what even that took?   Do we recognize what God engineered to bring our salvation to pass? We love to praise God for answered prayer so maybe we should pray more and expect Him to answer more. God has not turned away our prayer nor His mercy from us.   Make a joyful shout unto the Lord.

This is a little late in the day but I had something come up early this morning. I do trust you have prayed for Pastor Bill’s services today. One begins in a few minutes.

Remember the spiritual battles that take place every Friday and pray for men and women to come to Reformers Unanimous tonight. Real answers from the word of God are available to those who come.

Pray for Sunday. I will be speaking from Isaiah 44 looking at the creation of idols. It is back to school Sunday and I will be looking at idols of the intellect that have shaped us and taken us away from God’s plan for us to live in His image. Our children are inundated with idolatrous teachings from the temple of humanism. So are we. God created us in His image and likeness and wants us to reflect Him in our lives. We are ever trying to reflect our own image instead. Pray that Sunday’s message will be clear and helpful to us all.

Remember Nancy Hall in your prayers. She is having ups and downs in her recovery.

Have a great day in the Lord,

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