No matter if you sit in a temperature regulated building or your church meets under a mango tree in a village, praise pleases God.
Praise is individual and corporate. Each individual has a voice that God recognizes. Voices join in a choir that has a lovely tone. The intention is to put God in the center where the eyes of our heart see Him alone as Lord.
“Therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever” ~Psalm 45:17
“Whoever offers praise glorifies Me: And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.” ~Psalm 50:23
“Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise glorious.” ~Psalm 66:2
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord ” ~ Psalm 150:6
This word in Hebrew is hallel which means shine forth, exclaim, boast. No surprise that the word glorify/glory often accompanies the praise of God.
Praising god is the one place where man and all nature join together in one bold proclamation.
Why should we praise God?
All that God does is praiseworthy- we need only look around to the beauty of his handiwork:
to His grace in saving us:
to the hope we have in Eternity:
For His mighty works in our world and in our lives – let us with all creatures that have breath …
Who guides in this searching little hands and feet
Jesus my savior my safety He keeps…
What are you looking for today?
There are so many passages in the Bible about eyes that are veiled in blindness. How sad when hands aimlessly carve worthless idols. The mind lost in dark corridors is called “foolish.”
“Who frustrates the signs of the babblers, and drives diviners mad: who turns wise men backward, and makes their knowledge foolishness?” Isaiah 44:25
And yet the heavens down to the very depth of the earth are enlightened by God’s beauty.
“Sing, O heavens for the Lord has done it. Shout you lower parts of the earth; Break forth into singing you mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the Lord has redeemed Jacob , And glorified Himself in Israel.” Isaiah 44:23
Whether we are young or very old, we should take the world’s blinders from our eyes and look for the kingdom of God. Listen for the song in the breeze; hear the trees clap their hands in joy.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the days is its own trouble. ” Matthew 6:33 &34
As we start this blog we would like for you to join our journey:
Our primary (but not singular) goal is to reach the villages of Uganda with the Word of God. We are not pastors we are teachers; we know that the best pastors (aka shepherds aka fishermen) are those who know the flocks and streams. We love Uganda and her people but we are not Ugandan. Pray with us that we can encourage the shepherds and fishermen who so faithfully love their people.
Along the pathway that was tread yesterday
there are few indications
that you were here
all that is left is a reminder
and that too will fade
pose the question:
“Does the path I take matter?
Is it more important
that I blazed a trail for another
or that the trail is scarred by my passing?”
If the meek shall inherit the earth, what then will those who terrorize innocent people inherit?
I shudder to think.
I traced the path of a bunny this morning. His concern was for food to sustain him this day. His hopping on soft green made me smile. “Use your life to bring others joy” is what his tracks seemed to say. So much fury lies in the heart of man. This is not new in the news today. Man has been a destroyer of good and beauty since the beginning. Like the bunny, I choose a straight path toward good food (God’s nourishment.) Join us won’t you!
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
“Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.”