Category Archives: Praise / Worship / Glorify God

Pray for the USA to turn back to God and become again a true light to the nations

The United States of America was founded based on Christian ideals and beliefs, but over the past few hundred years has largely turned their back on God and now embrace worship of self, worship of money, and many other sins. The word of God is tossed aside in favor of the wicked desires of men. God’s word shows us that when the people turn from God, He releases His blessing from that country. That does not mean He gives up on His people there, but rather that the country will suffer. There are consequences. The USA has great potential to serve God across the world if even those who profess Jesus with their lips would genuinely  turn toward Him and change their behaviors to be a light to the nation and the world.

2 Chronicles 7:12-22

     12Then the LORD appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 14and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15“Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place. 16“For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 17“As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, even to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep My statutes and My ordinances, 18then I will establish your royal throne as I covenanted with your father David, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to be ruler in Israel.’

      19“But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, 20then I will uproot you from My land which I have given you, and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. 21“As for this house, which was exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?’ 22“And they will say, ‘Because they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers who brought them from the land of Egypt, and they adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this adversity on them.’”

Please take some time to pray for repentance and mercy for the USA as leader of the free world but also for other nations globally in which there still remains a remnant of true disciples seeking to follow the Lord’s will.

Psalm 85

Prayer for God’s Mercy upon the Nation.

For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

     1O LORD, You showed favor to Your land;
You restored the captivity of Jacob.

      2You forgave the iniquity of Your people;
You covered all their sin.

Selah.

      3You withdrew all Your fury;
You turned away from Your burning anger.

      4Restore us, O God of our salvation,
And cause Your indignation toward us to cease.

      5Will You be angry with us forever?
Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?

      6Will You not Yourself revive us again,
That Your people may rejoice in You?

      7Show us Your lovingkindness, O LORD,
And grant us Your salvation.

      8I will hear what God the LORD will say;
For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones;
But let them not turn back to folly.

      9Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
That glory may dwell in our land.

      10Lovingkindness and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

      11Truth springs from the earth,
And righteousness looks down from heaven.

      12Indeed, the LORD will give what is good,
And our land will yield its produce.

      13Righteousness will go before Him
And will make His footsteps into a way.

Grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you.
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Rejoice and Be Thankful As You Praise the LORD

In 1 Samuel 1, Hannah was barren and came before the LORD asking for a son. She said she would dedicate him to the LORD’s service if he gave her one. The LORD delivered and Hannah kept her promise. What is striking about this historical account is that she did not, once she had her son, flip on her commitment to YHWH and suddenly start complaining about wanting to keep her son. She was overjoyed and thankful to the LORD. She truly had faith to feel that good handing her long-awaited son over to Eli the priest to raise him in the service of the LORD.

1 Samuel 2:1-11

Hannah’s Song of Thanksgiving

      1Then Hannah prayed and said,
“My heart exults in the LORD;
My horn is exalted in the LORD,
My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.

      2“There is no one holy like the LORD,
Indeed, there is no one besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.

      3“Boast no more so very proudly,
Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth;
For the LORD is a God of knowledge,
And with Him actions are weighed.

      4“The bows of the mighty are shattered,
But the feeble gird on strength.

      5“Those who were full hire themselves out for bread,
But those who were hungry cease to hunger.
Even the barren gives birth to seven,
But she who has many children languishes.

      6“The LORD kills and makes alive;
He brings down to Sheol and raises up.

      7“The LORD makes poor and rich;
He brings low, He also exalts.

      8“He raises the poor from the dust,
He lifts the needy from the ash heap
To make them sit with nobles,
And inherit a seat of honor;
For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S,
And He set the world on them.

      9“He keeps the feet of His godly ones,
But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness;
For not by might shall a man prevail.

      10“Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered;
Against them He will thunder in the heavens,
The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
And He will give strength to His king,
And will exalt the horn of His anointed.”

      11Then Elkanah went to his home at Ramah. But the boy ministered to the LORD before Eli the priest.

For those of us who have trouble with Hannah giving away her son, remember that YHWH did not ask her to do so. She made that promise of her own volition. We should take care in any promises we make to YHWH. Scripture is clear, however, once we make a promise to the LORD, we should keep it. If for some reason you make a promise that is too hard to keep, then I suppose you humbly go before the LORD and ask forgiveness in not fulfilling or strength to fulfill it. In either case, it is better not to promise him something at all rather than promise and not fulfill.

Keep in mind that in Hannah’s view, the child would not exist without YHWH’s intervention to open her womb. She therefore was expressing her thankfulness to the LORD by dedicating her son to his service.  It was an act of strong faith.

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Praise Him With Timbrel and Dancing

The last handful of Psalms leading up to an including Psalm 150 are focused on praising the LORD. They serve as a good reminder that this should be part of our relationship with him and part of finding joy on our walk with him. If we know him but are not experiencing joy with him and through him, we probably need to ask for his help to adjust our attitudes or our understanding. The problem is never with him, but always with ourselves.

Psalm 150

A Psalm of Praise.

     1Praise the LORD!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.

      2Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.

      3Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.

      4Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.

      5Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.

      6Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD!

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Praise His Name With Singing And Dancing

Let us remember to praise the LORD, our Creator! Something to consider that goes against what many accept today… praise him with singing and dancing… with joyful noise and enthusiasm. We do not need to constrain ourselves to standing still and arms up to praise him, though that is ok also. Think about the level of enthusiasm it implies to be singing and dancing and playing music while we praise him. Surely we should be more excited about YHWH than when our favorite football team plays each week!

Psalm 149

Israel Invoked to Praise the LORD.

     1Praise the LORD!
Sing to the LORD a new song,
And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.

      2Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King.

      3Let them praise His name with dancing;
Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.

      4For the LORD takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.

      5Let the godly ones exult in glory;
Let them sing for joy on their beds.

      6Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,

      7To execute vengeance on the nations
And punishment on the peoples,

      8To bind their kings with chains
And their nobles with fetters of iron,

      9To execute on them the judgment written;
This is an honor for all His godly ones.
Praise the LORD!

As a side note, it is not wrong to ask YHWH to help you bring victory over ungodly enemies who come against you.  May YHWH help the righteous and defeat the plans of the wicked and worldly.

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The Whole Creation Invoked To Praise the LORD

Praising the LORD is not something that comes naturally to most of us. We do well to remember to praise him for who he is, what he has done, and what we know he will do. There are many Psalms which have helped me with this focus personally. I also ask him to help me want to praise him more. I invite you to do the same.

Psalm 148

The Whole Creation Invoked to Praise the LORD.

1Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!

      2Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!

      3Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all stars of light!

      4Praise Him, highest heavens,
And the waters that are above the heavens!

      5Let them praise the name of the LORD,
For He commanded and they were created.

      6He has also established them forever and ever;
He has made a decree which will not pass away.

      7Praise the LORD from the earth,
Sea monsters and all deeps;

      8Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

      9Mountains and all hills;
Fruit trees and all cedars;

      10Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and winged fowl;

      11Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;

      12Both young men and virgins;
Old men and children.

      13Let them praise the name of the LORD,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above earth and heaven.

      14And He has lifted up a horn for His people,
Praise for all His godly ones;
Even for the sons of Israel, a people near to Him.
Praise the LORD!

Let the name of YHWH and his reputation be exalted above all others. Let the name of Yeshua be lifted up as well for he is the way to the father.

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Praise the Lord For Restoration and Prosperity

Let us remember to praise the LORD as he provides restoration and prosperity. It is at times to easy to run to him in difficult times and then forget him when he delivers us from them.

Psalm 147

Praise for Jerusalem’s Restoration and Prosperity.

1Praise the LORD!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.

      2The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers the outcasts of Israel.

      3He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds.

      4He counts the number of the stars;
He gives names to all of them.

      5Great is our Lord and abundant in strength;
His understanding is infinite.

      6The LORD supports the afflicted;
He brings down the wicked to the ground.

      7Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
Sing praises to our God on the lyre,

      8Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who provides rain for the earth,
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.

      9He gives to the beast its food,
And to the young ravens which cry.

      10He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.

      11The LORD favors those who fear Him,
Those who wait for His lovingkindness.

      12Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!

      13For He has strengthened the bars of your gates;
He has blessed your sons within you.

      14He makes peace in your borders;
He satisfies you with the finest of the wheat.

      15He sends forth His command to the earth;
His word runs very swiftly.

      16He gives snow like wool;
He scatters the frost like ashes.

      17He casts forth His ice as fragments;
Who can stand before His cold?

      18He sends forth His word and melts them;
He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow.

      19He declares His words to Jacob,
His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.

      20He has not dealt thus with any nation;
And as for His ordinances, they have not known them.
Praise the LORD!

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Praise the LORD, O My Soul!

I do not often just let loose and praise the LORD. I like to be reminded of the value of this by Psalms. Take some time to praise him today.

Psalm 146

The LORD an Abundant Helper.

     1Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!

      2I will praise the LORD while I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

      3Do not trust in princes,
In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.

      4His spirit departs, he returns to the earth;
In that very day his thoughts perish.

      5How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God,

      6Who made heaven and earth,
The sea and all that is in them;
Who keeps faith forever;

      7Who executes justice for the oppressed;
Who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free.

      8The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;
The LORD raises up those who are bowed down;
The LORD loves the righteous;

      9The LORD protects the strangers;
He supports the fatherless and the widow,
But He thwarts the way of the wicked.

      10The LORD will reign forever,
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the LORD!

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Great Is The LORD And Highly To Be Praised

It is all too easy to take for granted having a relationship with the LORD. Let us remember to praise him.

Psalm 145

The LORD Extolled for His Goodness.

A Psalm of Praise, of David.

1I will extol You, my God, O King,
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.

      2Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.

      3Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.

      4One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.

      5On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.

      6Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.

      7They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.

      8The LORD is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.

      9The LORD is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.

      10All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.

      11They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;

      12To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.

      13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

      14The LORD sustains all who fall
And raises up all who are bowed down.

      15The eyes of all look to You,
And You give them their food in due time.

      16You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

      17The LORD is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.

      18The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.

      19He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.

      20The LORD keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.

      21My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,
And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.

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The LORD Is My Helper; I Will Not Be Afraid

Good reminders and areas for reflection in the closing of Hebrews.

Hebrews 13

The Changeless Christ

      1Let love of the brethren continue. 2Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. 3Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body. 4Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. 5Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”

6so that we confidently say,
“THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID.
WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?”

      7Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited. 10We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. 11For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. 14For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.

God-pleasing Sacrifices

      15Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. 16And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

      17Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.

      18Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things. 19And I urge you all the more to do this, so that I may be restored to you the sooner.

Benediction

      20Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

      22But I urge you, brethren, bear with this word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly. 23Take notice that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom, if he comes soon, I will see you. 24Greet all of your leaders and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you.

      25Grace be with you all.

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Let Us Give Thanks to YHWH With All Our Heart

Let us give thanks and sing praises to YHWH. Let us bow down before him and submit our lives to him. Reflect on his lovingkindness toward his people.

Psalms 138

Thanksgiving for the LORD’S Favor.

A Psalm of David.

     1I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I will sing praises to You before the gods.

      2I will bow down toward Your holy temple
And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.

      3On the day I called, You answered me;
You made me bold with strength in my soul.

      4All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O LORD,
When they have heard the words of Your mouth.

      5And they will sing of the ways of the LORD,
For great is the glory of the LORD.

      6For though the LORD is exalted,
Yet He regards the lowly,
But the haughty He knows from afar.

      7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.

      8The LORD will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

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