25th September 2013

Praise and Worship 

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for His mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for His mercy endureth for ever.”
Psalm 136:1-3 (KJV)
 

Wow, a whole chapter dedicated to praising God, and not only praising God but rejoicing in praising God! No requests, no complaints, just gratitude. Happiness cannot be far behind a grateful heart and a peaceful mind. 

Psalm 136 is a model for prayer, from remembering to thank God for the basic things we take for granted such as life and creation; moving to focussing on how God has saved us—whatever our personal wilderness may be—to protection from persecution and real danger; and leading us to, despite the fact that God is Omnipotent and Omnipresent, the simplicity in the very act of providing food for all living things; to end up at God’s compassion. 

We love Him, because He first loved us (1 John 4:18-20) as the Message Bible puts it in the refrain of Psalm 136 “His love never quits”.  We know that God is constant (Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever: Hebrews 13:8) and God is love (I John 4:8), so it follows that His love is constant. And isn’t that all any of us really want? To be truly loved, no matter what?  

When we feel that secure, we can, as in verse 26, earnestly and joyously give thanks unto the God of heaven: for His mercy endureth for ever! 

Prayer
Father in Heaven, when we take time to praise and worship You, we cannot help but be filled with thankfulness for all that You do for us; for Your mercy endures forever! In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen
 

Study by Jackee Brown

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jackeebrown1About the Author:
Jackee Brown is a member in the Worldwide Church of God UK Congregation in London.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God London
Indian YMCA Student Hostel
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Martin Ryan
Phone:  020 8202 3998
Email: martin_ryan@wcg.org.uk

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