BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2019.
TEXT: Psalm 18: 1-3
Key verse: 1 Chronicles 20:22 “And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.”
Offering praise and thanksgiving in worship to God is offering an acceptable sacrifice. God inhabits the praises of His people. When such sacrifice comes from Other righteous in an acceptable manner, God is greatly glorified. Our God honours those that honour Him and blesses those that praise Him.
The scripture records His great manifestations among His people when He was praised and adored. Surely there is great reward in praising and worshipping God in the beauty of holiness. Individual believers can engage themselves in praise, thanksgiving and worship as well as a congregation to the blessing of their souls.
God inhabits the praises of His saints. Let's listen to the psalmists tell us the blessings received in offering praise and thanksgiving to God. “God is to be praised because of Who He is. He created us for the purpose of giving Him praise and worship.
We are to praise and thank Him not for the blessings we hope to receive from Him, but because praise and worship is our duty as His creatures”. There are those who go into sessions of praise and thanksgiving when they are in difficulty, hoping that by these the Lord will perform the desired miracle for them.
We must know that except the Spirit of God leads us to do so, these may not proffer solution to our problem. The Scripture has presented the various ways in which we can have our problems solved and our needs met. Sessions of praise and thanksgiving is just one of these ways.
Repentance, restitution, faith, prayer, fasting, and counseling are other ways. Let the Holy Spirit guide you to the scriptural thing to do for your salvation and blessing. Some make vows to God, promising to do or give a particular thing to Him if He answers them.
Others give an offering in advance to God as a token of faith in Him, hoping that He will answer them by this. We must be led by the Spirit to what is the right thing to do and be scripturally persuaded in our hearts. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
The psalmist gives account of what he was persuaded to do when he was in trouble. He was persuaded in his heart to make a vow to the Lord. He promised to give substantial sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord, if He would hear his prayer. He took time to pray earnestly to God, holding to His promises.
He also thoroughly examined himself to ensure that there was no sin in his life, however, small. He persisted in prayer until God manifested His faithfulness. He became joyful, publicly testified to the goodness of God and went to the house of God to pay his vow.
Thought for the day:
God inhabits the praises of His saints
Song for the day:
Praising the Lord always....
Bible reading for the day:
Ezekiel 27-28; James 4.
PASTOR PAUL RIKA