Daily Read – Ezekiel 31:1-32:32; Hebrews 12:14-29; Psalm 113:1-114:8; Prov.27:18-20
Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
Praise the name of the Lord!
Blessed be the name of the Lord
From this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its going down
The Lord's name is to be praised.
The Hebrew word for praise is halal
and it means to be clear; to shine; hence to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate; also to stultify: to make or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous.
Praise is a tremendous weapon of warfare. Satan abhors your praise to God because it stops hell and releases heaven on your behalf. Kingdom blessings are unlocked and released with the key of praise.
Halal praise is extremely demonstrative appearing throughout the Old Testament, especially in the book of Psalms. King David was a mighty man of war, but he was first and foremost a mighty worshipper whose heart chased after God. He was uninhibited in his praise and danced before God with all his might, even at the distain of his wife Michal - 1 Chronicles 15:29. In this context, the word dancing
in the Hebrew means: to spring about wildly for joy!
When was the last time you danced wildly before the Lord praising Him? How about ...when was the last time you jumped off your seat and hit the floor dancing when your football team scored the winning touchdown? Who is more worthy ...Jesus or your team?
When was the last time you shouted for joy and became clamorously foolish praising the Lord? How about ...when was the last time you shouted "surprise" at your best friend's birthday party making sure they heard you above the rest of the crowd? Who is more worthy ...Jesus or your friend?
When was the last time you raved and boasted in the awesome works of God? How about ...when was the last time you boasted to the entire family how your son kicked the winning goal in the soccer game or your daughter got the lead role in the school play? Who is more worthy... Jesus or your children?
It is perfectly fine to cheer on your favorite team; celebrate and shout at surprise birthday parties; and be proud of your children, but how much more should you demonstrate your praise to Your God!
If you can dance for a sports team, you can dance in praise for Jesus!
If you can shout for a friend, you can shout your praise to Jesus!
If you can boast about your children, you can certainly boast in praise to Jesus!
From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord's name is to be praised.
He is worthy!!