Meditation

04/06/2021

He said, ‘Praise be to the Lord, who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.’ (Exodus18:10-11)

Beloved, it is not a requirement of God’s actions to praise God for those things He has done in the lives of others or for their benefit.

Simply hearing of what God has done for loved ones and/or friends leads us to praise Him. When you learn to understand and hear of “God moments,” you simply respond in praise for His actions for the benefit of others.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, when we come to worship You, let us praise Your holy name. When we feel Your Presence in our lives, let us always bring praises to You, for You are our God. When we see Your actions through the lives of others, let us take a moment to praise You. When we in the midst of our prayers to You and feel Your peace in our hearts and minds, lets us bring praises to You and joy, for we know You have listened to our prayers and always seek to do what is best for us in all things. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Tried everything under the sun, then try the Son!

KNOWING GOD:

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. Then he went to her, and the Lord enable her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. The women said to Naomi: ‘Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel~ He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.’” (Ruth 4:13-15)

God’s hand is at work even in the natural processes of life. Conception is a very human act, ordained as God’s way of continuing the human life He created in the beginning. The eye of faith sees something of our miraculous power of God working within this otherwise human, natural process. The heart of faith thanks God for all of he good things of life, for they are indirectly, if not directly, blessings from God.

Naomi’s friends praised the Lord for fulfilling the law of the kinsman redeemer. Boaz was related to Naomi through Naomi’s dead husband Elimelech and was second in line for the role of kinsman redeemer. He obtained the right of purchase when the first in line refused. A complex set of circumstances was closely intertwined with the working or prayer. Praise is the proper response to blessings God gives our friends.

I AM:

Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jess Christ, according to the revelation of they mystery hidden for long ages past, but not revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him—-to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.” (Romans16:2527)”

Paul wrote to correct and challenge churches, but he let them know the ultimate goal was to bring glory to God.

Thus he frequently included in his letters doxologies or statements of praise to God’s glory (Greek doxa). Doxology is a form of prayer exalting and praising the essential nature of God.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!’” (Mark11:9-10)

This came as Jesus was entering Jerusalem and headed to the Temple, and he rode in on a colt or donkey, with much praise and blankets and palm leaves were being laid down in front of his pathway. It was a short-lived moment, as the Jewish people were looking for physical and political deliverance rather than for the fulfillment of God’s purposes.

In Jesus, the kingdom is both present and future. God is to be praised because He blessed His people by coming into the world. Jesus fulfilled the promises to David not be reestablishing a political rule in Jerusalem, but by serving God’s people and bringing God’s kingdom near. Some interpreters look for fulfillment of the political promises at the Second Coming. They have misunderstood God’s Word, for upon Jesus’ Second Coming, He will restore this world to what it was intended by God to be, from the very beginning.

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