7th January 2019

Praise The Lord!

“Praise the Lord, O my soul! While I live I will praise the Lord; and I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.”
Psalm 146:1-2 (NKJV)

It is a normal practice in India among the brethren to greet each other with the phrase: ‘Praise the Lord!’ I too responded with the same zeal. When you think about it, it is a great way of greeting fellow Christians. However, we don’t do it in UK. That is OK. Sometimes my Indian friends greeted me with the names of their gods. My response to them was ‘Pleased to meet you’ or some similar phrase, often with a big smile and a hug!

Why should Christians praise the Lord? It is because God loves those who offer praises. We find in Psalm 50:23, “Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him…I will show the salvation of God.” And we are called out to do it according to 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.” What a privilege! Praise is a sacrifice of our lips as we read in Hebrews 13:15, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” Another reference is in Revelation 19:5, “Then a voice came from the throne, saying, ‘Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!’”

If you start reading Psalms 146, 147, 148, 149 and 150, they all begin with the phrase, ‘Praise the Lord!’ and end with the same ending—‘Praise the Lord!’ In between are various expressions of praises offered to the Lord, for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful and it is very pleasing to God.

There are many hymns of praise to the Lord which we sing often, and my favourite one says, “Praise you the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! O! my soul praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!…All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him!”

Let our lives be filled with praises to the Lord, God Almighty, for He is worthy of praise and honour and glory forevermore. Let every thing that has breath praise the Lord. My heartfelt greetings to all is the phrase I have learnt from the brethren in India: Praise the Lord! Amen.

Prayer
Lord, Eternal in Heaven, we pause to thank You and praise You for who You are and what You have done for the human race, giving Your Beloved Son to save us. I pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti
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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK, a part of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
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David Gibbs
Phone: 01213420609 (answer phone)
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Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

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