Friday, August 13, 2010

Praise The Name Of The LORD

              In our verses from Psalm 148:7-13 quoted below, we can see we have been challenged to praise the LORD God Almighty. As a “born again” Christian, we should know within us that we must “Praise the LORD.”
            Knowing that this Psalm of David is a “song” and by reading all of this Psalm, it is a “praise and worship” of that time. (Though, we can tell it is not a 7-11 song, you know seven words eleven times.)  David is singing his heart to God.  The word “LORD” as it is written tells us he is singing to Jehovah.
            Most of the time, singing in church, [congregationally] we sing because we know the song, so we are not considering the words, just singing.  While singing, we should be like King David, singing from our hearts.  So, what if we come out flat or off key, God thinks it is wonderful, because it is from our heart.
            It is just as imperative for you and I to be as worshipful today as King David was hundreds of years ago.  God expects us to be excited about our worship service.  He expects us to get excited in our singing.  Our job, just as King David’s, is to Glorify God in All that we do.  
            At Calvary in Palestine, there was a woman we all called the “God Bless You Lady.”  She always walked down the receiving line away from Bro Huntress shaking everyone’s hand and saying to each of us, “God Bless You.”  I was told that in her younger days she was a good singer.  (She had since lost her singing voice.)  The thing about her was she might have known she had lost her voice, but she sang for the LORD, not for the congregation, and she sang from her heart.
            Therefore, while we are singing read and consider the songwriter’s words.  Consider what verses he might have used, and the author’s heart, then after mulling these thoughts, what about your heart?
            What are you doing for Him today, tomorrow, and until eternity?                                                      
Bro John R. E Chastain

Psalms 148:7-13  Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:  (8)  Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:  (9)  Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:  (10) Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:  (11)  Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:  (12)  Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:  (13)  Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

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