PRAISE THE LORD! (Part #1) 8-14-2011

posted Aug 2, 2011, 1:47 PM by Dale Barnes
“He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” (Ps.50:23 NIV)  

There are gimmicks that float around, even in Christian circles, that point us to quick and easy solutions to obtain success.  We are always looking for that “silver bullet” that can solve all of our challenges and difficulties;at least most of them..  Usually, we find that they don’t work as we expected.

Sometimes praise and thanksgiving are approached that way.  Our eyes are set on a method or action that is a “sure fire” way of getting God to take action. The scripture mentioned above can be taken that way. .If we give thanks, it opens the way for God to move and minister to us or others in life’s situations; it makes a way for God to show us his salvation. Though the statement is true, we have to watch out that this is turned on and off just when we want to get something from God.

Praise should demonstrate our trust in God.  It is an expression of our confidence.  As the scripture above says, “thanksgiving honors God.”  It puts him in his proper place in our thinking, but not just our thinking;  we are expressing what is true. “The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice.”(Ps.97:1)  “Be still, and know that I am God.”(Ps.46:10)  “His throne is established in the heavens and his kingdom rules over all.”(Ps.103:19)  “Jesus is Lord of all things to his church, which is his body.” (Eph.1:22-23)  “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Jesus.” (Mt.28:18)  We honor him with our praise and thanksgiving!  Whether circumstances change immediately or not; whether or not our prayers are instantly answered; whether or not we get immediate help does not change the truth of God’s rule. Neither does it change his love for us. “Nothing can separate us from God’s love.” (Ro.8:35,37)    “If God is for us, who can be against us.”(Ro.8:31)   He makes all things work together for the good for those who love God.(Ro:28)   We praise a loving, faithful and sovereign God!