Thursday, September 30, 2010

“Sing forth the honour of his name, make his praise glorious.”

“Sing forth the honour of his name, make his praise glorious.”

Psalm 66:2

It is not left to our own option whether we shall praise God or not. Praise is God’s most righteous due, and every Christian, as the recipient of his grace, is bound to praise God from day to day. It is true we have no authoritative rubric for daily praise; we have no commandment prescribing certain hours of song and thanksgiving: but the law written upon the heart teaches us that it is right to praise God; and the unwritten mandate comes to us with as much force as if it had been recorded on the tables of stone, or handed to us from the top of thundering Sinai. Yes, it is the Christian’s duty to praise God. It is not only a pleasurable exercise, but it is the absolute obligation of his life. Think not ye who are always mourning, that ye are guiltless in this respect, or imagine that ye can discharge your duty to your God without songs of praise. You are bound by the bonds of his love to bless his name so long as you live, and his praise should continually be in your mouth, for you are blessed, in order that you may bless him; “this people have I formed for myself, they shall show forth my praise”; and if you do not praise God, you are not bringing forth the fruit which he, as the Divine Husbandman, has a right to expect at your hands. Let not your harp then hang upon the willows, but take it down, and strive, with a grateful heart, to bring forth its loudest music. Arise and chant his praise. With every morning’s dawn, lift up your notes of thanksgiving, and let every setting sun be followed with your song. Girdle the earth with your praises; surround it with an atmosphere of melody, and God himself will hearken from heaven and accept your music.

“E'en so I love thee, and will love,

And in thy praise will sing,

Because thou art my loving God,

And my redeeming King.”

I read this this morning from Spurgeon and was reminded of the awesome God that I serve. Sing forth His glorious name! We are recipients for His beautiful grace and nothing is worth our praise more than the Father. I pray we are not quick to praise the things of this world or more the world praising us. I pray that our soul purpose is the praise the Lord. When we are focused on the Lord in the moments of our daily life we are not focused on ourselves and our issues. In order to praise the Lord, we have to know Him. I am learning so much about my Father and His character and it amazes me more and more that He would choose me. He excited in my praise to Him and rejoices over His children when they are walking with Him. Walk with Him and praise Him. Get to know your Father! You can't but help to praise Him!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

...the beauty of being a branch...

I am going to start a daily blog! Now I just need to breathe and figure out how that's going to happen! HA! There is so much the Lord has been teaching me through this time in my life. I have to come to realize that it is the small moments each day that make me stop and realize I serve an amazing God!
I recently read this quote:
"A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for."
I loved this! It is so relevant to many of our lives today, especially our walk with the Lord. We were created/built for so much more! Christ tells us in John that we have the same Spirit in us and He had here on earth. How powerful is that and what are we doing about that today? I would beg to say we do not access that power we have and end up relying on ourselves.
The beauty of being a branch: John 15
1"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17This is my command: Love each other.

I have begun to realize the significance of seeking the Lord in everything! It drives me crazy when I depend on myself and try and figure things out on my own. There is no joy, no fruit, no patience, no love, etc. God has created us to live through him as a "branch". There is a reason He is our source! Look at all we have promised in Him and what a life lived to the fullest looks like. We have joy, a friend, fruit, and SO MUCH MORE! The beauty of this is that we are never alone and we have an ultimate HOPE that does not let us down. He is faithful and always there! So here is to blogging daily! Lord help me ;)