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Wednesday, January 1, 2019 – New Year’s Day
EVERY REASON TO PRAISE
READ: Psalms 22:1-11,19-28
(To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.) My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.
MEMORISE: Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises. (Psalms 22:3)
Praise is another way to heighten our awareness of God’s presence in our lives. Hence the, we need to take the time to cultivate the heart of praise for God in our Lord Jesus Christ. Psalms 22 reminds us that the Almighty delights to dwell in the midst of His people’s praise. On this basis, it means that the more we cultivate the heart of praises, the more deeply we feel the Lord’s presence in our lives. This has been true for so many Christians who can boldly testify if this.
Some might object to the phrase ‘cultivate the heart of praise’ on the grounds that they believe praise should be spontaneous and reactive, and not something that is summoned from within the soul. Therefore, it might be helpful to differentiate between the terms praise and thanksgiving. Although, thanksgiving is closely related to praise, the two are quite distinct. We thanks God for what He has done. We praise Him for who He is. Isn’t that quite different? We praise God for His GREATNESS (Who He is). We thank Him for His GOODNESS (What He does).
There is always a reason to be thankful, because we have been redeemed through the innocent suffering/humiliation and death of Jesus, out Lord and Saviour. And there is always a reason to give praise, because God never changes.
Let us think and give thanks, ponder and give praise.
1. O my God, give me the heart of praise to genuinely worship You, indeed.
2. Lord of heaven, continue to do wonders in my life, so that I will continue to give testimonies of Your Providence in my life, everyday of my life, in Jesus name.
3. Father, restore the spirit of praise and worship amidst out singers, worship leaders and instrumentalists that would regularly invoke Your presence and power in our services, more than ever before in Jesus name.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Genesis 1-2; Matthew 1
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU.