Friday, July 29, 2011

Stop and Send the Praises

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There’s an old saying that goes like this: “Take time to stop and smell the roses.” This phrase serves as a reminder for those of us who are so busy in life that we rarely take time to just stand still and admire all that surrounds us. When we tell someone to stop and smell the roses, we’re telling them (as a friend that cares) to slow down, look around, and take in a deep refreshing breath of air. Instead of rushing by the roses to make it from one appointment to the next, stop and admire their beauty and refreshing fragrance.
The same can be said of our prayer life as well. Prayer and praises to our Heavenly Father need to be part of our everyday life. We honestly can’t make it from point A to point B without our Father’s guidance. When we try it on our own, we’re destined for failure. We should adjust the phrase of stopping to smell the roses to a reminder to “stop and send the praises.” There’s no telling how many times the Lord has intervened on our behalf throughout the day to save us from the enemy’s plots to pull us off course.
Our Lord and Heavenly Father longs to hear from us; especially our praises. When we stop to send up praises, we’re stepping away from self to acknowledge that God is in control and we are thankful for all His provisions. In Psalm 148, the Psalmist urges us to praise the Lord. He writes, “Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever…Praise the Lord!”

Thursday, July 21, 2011

King of Glory

By Amanda Johnson

Are you looking for a home? Someone to love you, hold you close, and call you his own? We don’t have to look far. Psalm 24:1 tells us “The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” The world and all who live in it belong to the Lord. He is our Father, our God, and our King of Glory. He is our creator and He gave His Son so that we might have life (John 3:16). There is no way we, in our sin stained lives, could ever repay Him. What we can do is spread His message of love to those around us and give all praise and glory to the King of Glory.

Not sure how? Turn on the praise music, read through the pages of the Psalms, and lift your voice in praise and song to the King of Glory. Jesus Culture, a Christian music group, has a song out called “King of Glory.” The chorus of the song is “King of glory, have your glory. King of glory, have your glory. King of glory, have your glory.” What a joyful chorus. Let the King of Glory have His glory! No one should deny Christ the praise and Glory due His name! “Lift up your heads, you gates be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle…The LORD almighty-he is the King of glory” (Psalm 24:7-8, 10).

Wake up to each morning knowing that the Lord God has claimed us as His own. “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” (Romans 8:14). Give the King of Glory His glory!