Friday, September 4, 2015

Praise Worthy

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

If you are unsure of how to praise the Lord, then the book of Psalms is for you. It’s like a praise manual of sorts. It’s filled with instruction on praise. The psalmist presents praise as both an action and attitude of the heart. 

One lesson I’ve learned from the psalmist is that we praise God when we submit to Him. Psalm 100 is one of those instruction sheets. The psalmist suggests three acts of submission that offer our praise to God. 

Submit to God as your Creator - “It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves” [vs. 3]. We should never forget who God is. Satan wants you to think he is God. If you listen to some people, they think they are God. But the Scriptures will have none of that! [See Isaiah 46:9; Psalm 46:10; 1 Chronicles 16:25]

We are not self-made, God made us. A guy once told his girlfriend, “I’m a self-made man.” She replied, “It’s right of you to take the blame.” Man is a mingling of dust and deity because we have been made by Him—in His likeness.

Submit to God as your Father - “We are His people” [vs. 3]. We have been chosen by grace. When we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, we become part of a spiritual family, with God as our Father—adopted into the family of God [Romans 8:15].

Submit to God as your Shepherd - we are “the sheep of His pasture [vs. 3]. Just like sheep, we need a Shepherd, and Jesus is the Good Shepherd [John 10:11], the Great Shepherd [Hebrews 13:20], and we are His sheep [see also Psalm 79:13].

Submit to God as Creator, Father, and Shepherd. When you do, you are praising God. Submission to Him means you are aligning your will to His will through obedience to His eternal Word. 

Think of it; God is your Creator, Father, and Shepherd. Now that is praise worthy!

Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:3-4

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