Praise The Lord
Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
written by Br. Samuel Damus
When we come to the house of the Lord we must “ enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise!” (Psalms 100:4). The Lord protects and guides us through the trials of life. We must always be thankful to Him for allowing us to see another day. Can we worship God any old way? No! Jesus said, “The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Lord in spirit and in truth….” (John 4:24).
When we are driving on the highway and someone else gets into a car accident, are we better drivers than they are? When we leave our homes for the day and come back to our homes safely are we just luckier than those who just never go back to their homes? It is the Lord that watches over us on a daily basis. It is He who is our protector. If we trust God and accept Him as our guardian He will protect us from all evil (Psalms 91:3-13). When we place our trust in Him, there is no one or anything that can harm us. This is one of the reasons why we should be thankful. In everything that we do, we should always give thanks for this is the will of God (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
When we come into the Lord’s house we should always be ready to praise His great name; for what better place is there to praise the Lord but in the church. We must set our minds on things above (Colossians 3:1-2). We cannot worship God in the flesh. It is impossible!!! For the passions and desires of the flesh are corrupt. (2 Timothy 3:2-5, Galatians 6:19-21) It is an enmity against God! (Romans 8:5-8) Before we can give praises to God we must examine ourselves. We must make sure that we have followed all of His commandments. If we disobey any one of His commandments we must repent. (Acts 2:38). If we offer praises unto the Lord without repenting of our sins, the Lord will not hear us. (Isaiah 1:15) Therefore, let us come to God with a clean heart and conscience (Psalms 119:9).
When we give praises to God we must do so with all our hearts, with all our souls, and with all our strengths (Ecclesiastes 9:10). We must make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Let the high praises of God be in our mouths (Psalms 149:6) When we come together in an assembly, and the musicians begin to play on their musical instruments, and the saints of God begin to sing and shout praises and appreciation unto the Lord, in one accord, it should all be done in the Spirit. When we do so in the Spirit (and not in the flesh) then we have fulfilled the definition of a true worshiper of God. We will then be recipients of His gift (the Holy Ghost).
So when we come to the house of God let us not keep silent but magnify Him. For if all the things from above (His angels and His hosts, the sun, moon and stars) and the things on the earth (winds, fire, snow, beast and cattle) are commanded to praise Him (Psalms 148) then are we exempt? Should we then let the rocks cry out in our place? God forbid.