“Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf! He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot—-come, let us rejoice in him. He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations—let not the rebellious rise up against him.” (Psalm 66:5-7- History Leads to Praise)
Review of God’s mighty acts calls God’s people to praise. In His unlimited power God rules the world. He displays His power in historical acts which defeat the enemies of His people. These acts reveal God’s power to all people. Our suffering may not be the deserved punishment for sin but a testing of our faith. God allows us to face situations where our faith in Him is experiences, we praise God for them and use them as personal testimony to encourage others.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Dear Abba, Your acts may be accomplished in a number of ways; sometimes You take action on our behalf; sometimes You direct others (that may or may not even be believers) to accomplish actions for Your people, and sometimes You even use us in a way that accomplishes Your goal, to test our faith in You. We open our hearts and minds to Your use this day and everyday, Abba, that Your will be done at all time. Today we continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Plant the Word of God in your hear and your life will grow and produce a good harvest, rain or shine, that’s a promise!”
“Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations. He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of he earth have seen the salvation of our God.” (Psalm 98:1-3 – History Leads to Praise)
Note the close relationship between God’s love and righteousness and salvation. Letting His people see His salvation reveals to all people that He is righteous. He acts to save because He love and is faithful to His purpose and promises. Furthermore, God wants us to be more like Him with our families, our neighbors, our communities and even beyond those borders. We ought to treat others in the same manner we have been loved.
“Praise the Lord. Praise the name of the Lord; praise him, you servants of the Lord, you who minister in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God. Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant. For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own, Israel to be his treasured possessions. I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths. He makes clouds rise from the ends of he earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses. He struck down the firstborn of Egypt, the firstborn of men and animals. He sent his signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants. He struck down many nations and killed mighty kings—-Sihon king of the Amorites, Og king of Bashan and all the kings of Canaan—-and he gave their land as an inheritance, an inheritance to his people Israel. Your name, O Lord, endures forever, your renown, O Lord, through all generations. For the Lord will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants. The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. Those make them will be like them. And so will all who trust in them. O house of Israel, praise the Lord; O house of Aaron, praise the Lord; O house of Levi, praise the Lord; you who fear him, praise the Lord. Praise be to the Lord from Zion, to him who dwells in Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.“(Psalm 135:5-18 – History Leads to Praise)
This is a “hallelujah” psalm—-one which begins and ends with “Praise the Lord.” It praise God for who He is to Himself as well as to what He has done for His people. verses 15-20 are nearly identical with verses 115:4-11. In praise we not only speak to God, we also encourage one another to praise Him.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“I will exalt you my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your worlds to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All you have made will praise you, O Lord; your saints will extol you. They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is and your dominion endure through all generations. The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give hem their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.” (Psalm 145:1-21– History Leads to Praise)
Individual worship involves meditation on God’s historical acts. This reveals God’s majestic personal characteristics: greatness, majesty, power, goodness, righteousness, grace, compassion, loving, glory, splendor, faithfulness, presence, giving, saving, holy. His character leads us to praise Him and to strive in our individual lives to emulate His character. We are to treat each other righteously, in compassionate manners and faith, and to live one another as we seek to be loved in return. Christianity is not easy, it takes diligence and hard work to change our worldly outlook to that of God’s outlook. This is why Jesus had to come to earth, to model the example of living righteously and how to live out lives in the world, but with a godly outlook and not a worldly outlook.