If you are saved, then you would want to praise the Lord for everything good and bad in your life, for He is in control and knows the way. God has done great things for people that believe in and follow Him and we rejoice In the good times and the trials. In prayer, we rejoice in our Savior. As David said, you would also say, 1“praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.” (Psalm 147:1) 1“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3) Because God has made you whole again through His blood and great mercy, you are so thankful to Him. We do not neglect this opportunity to call upon the Lord, for we have His peace each time that we seek Him, and give Him thanks. If God means something to You, then He would be in your heart and mind at all times. You would be searching the scriptures to find out His truth and share it with others. You see, what You have now from God is like nothing the world can offer. There are many substitutes for being born again, but once you experience it, there is no turning back. It is because the Holy Spirit now resonates within You and gives you the hope to carry on. You are no longer on your own, but on the Lord’s team. Praise God indeed, if you have made this choice to follow Jesus and are now rescued from the wickedness of this world. You are safe from the wages of sin and temptation, if the Lord’s strength is in you now. Otherwise, sin abounds and your walk is not upright, but topsy turvy. There is no nothing willing you to live a holy life, if God is not in you. However, when the Spirit of God enters our life, everything changes.
So what makes a person not want to praise God, it is when other things take His place in life. This can be different people that people follow, even false prophets. It can also have to do with the amount of time that people spend most watching TV, playing on our phones, tablets, computer, gaming consoles and other things, where studying the Bible and prayer is nowhere to be found. It is people like this that have to be reminded about following Jesus before something major changes in their lives. It can be church and what they hear there, a person they hear witnessing on the streets, or even a friend of coworker. Whatever it may be, it is God calling them through these people. The Lord desires to wake every person up from their slumber, that they may be saved. You see, there are many people that proclaim to be Christians and be saved, but their way of life spells an entirely different story. There is no praise to God throughout the week. His Words are not in their hearts or minds. And there is no prayer or confessions being made to Him on their own time. Jesus explained this also, while saying that 2“they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” (John 12:43) These are the same people that He said, 2“rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words.” (John 12:48) Therefore, stop rejecting God, and start delighting In His ways apart from Your own. Make the Lord a priority in Your life, then will you do things that honors Him. Then will praises and thanksgiving come forth from Your lips to Jesus, our Lord, in prayer. Give Him glory my friends through words and deeds. Don’t hold back anything, but make yourself known to God. Live for Him and you will be saved.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will wake up to their sins and repent. There are many different sins and addictions that will destroy a person’s life, if they are not rescued from by You from it. There is surely a path of destruction ahead of them and what they need is a Savior. So come unto every person that is bondage and a slave to sin now. Cut them loose, that they may be delivered from the chains of darkness and experience Your most wonderful light. We are delivered in Your mighty Name, Jesus. Truly, Your blood is what washes us and sets us free from the lusts that have us bound. In Your compassion, You come to a person like me in sin and take us by the hand. We may have walked a life of pain and regret long enough, but Your peace is what they need now to find hope. So cast out the guilt and the shame in people’s lives and and fill them up with Your love. Help them experience the greatest joy of all, which is the presence of the Lord and the Holy Spirit in their lives. It is when we are guided by Your hand is when we are safe. Our thoughts are tuned in unto You and we find deliverance from the enemy. Thank You for building us up, oh Lord, and leading us to safety. It is Your mighty power that leads sinners to repentance and we need Your conviction more and more in our daily walk. Help us to know if we are in the wrong, especially if it does not agree with You. Give us clean hands God, and a pure heart. Lift us up to honor You in the way we talk and live our lives. I trust in You and praise You, Jesus. I love You, my Lord. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Psalm 147 (KJV)
1 Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
2 The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
6 The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
7 Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
9 He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.
10 He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.
13 For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.
16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?
18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the Lord.
2John 12:25-50 (KJV)
25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.
31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?
35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.
37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.