The Summer season is in full effect. This season brings out some of the best memories. We spend more time with our children, as they enjoy a short break from the school environment. We plan travel to spend time with relatives that may live in other states and attending family reunions. The attitude of people is more joyful.
Summertime is a chance to remove some of the layers of clothing required in the other Seasons and to truly enjoy a season of warmth, growth, and life.
While you may not recognize, I just gave praise to the enjoyment of the Summer. I wrote good things about why we love summertime.
Praise is when we say or write something good about someone or some thing.
I am afraid that we have become so accustomed to traditions, we no longer seek to know the Lord for ourselves. We desire the minister who is feeding us to do all of the work. We leave the sanctuary and expect that spiritual meal to suffice until the next Sunday. Beyond the walls of the church building, we become consumed with life and are unwilling to take time to open our Bibles and learn why God loved us so much and what Jesus really means to us. Let me give an example.
When the man or woman of God requests the congregation to “Give God Praise…” immediately, the congregation bursts into a scream or shout- for a good 5-10 seconds. In actuality, that is all that we are doing. We are shouting, as if we are at a sports event. “Whoooo, yessss, heyyyyy, glorayyyyy.” Where in these examples did we admonish the Lord for the good things He has done? Recall the definition of praise is to say or to write something good about a thing or a person.
The Bible says:
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. (Psalms 22:3, KJV)
This scripture is praising God for His holiness. It also brings attention to the Lord and his people.
This scripture says that God inhabits the praises of His people.
- To inhabit something means that you dwell in the midst of it.
- To habit something implies that you are present.
Another biblical version uses the word enthroned in place of inhabit which means God has took a seat in the midst of your praise. He came to hear what you were saying about Him.
I have been more conscious in making my children eat more fruits and vegetables. On last evening, I cooked a healthy meal for my family. They told me that the food was very good. My family praised me for the meal that was prepared. They were specific in drawing attention to a certain moment in time. They were not eluding to previous meals I have made, but this special one that they enjoyed.
When we praise the name of Jesus, we are specific in praising Him for something He has SPECIFICALLY done in our lives. We can recall to our mind that one thing we were uncertain of how we would benefit or how good would come from it- and He messed around it did it. God did it! That is a praise. We remember when we were asked by a friend to come to church. We were in a low place and the man or woman of God said something that spoke specifically to our situation. Tears began to flow. We left there thinking about Jesus and we soon found ourselves returning to that place. Remember when he removed you from that abusive situation? Remember when you thought you were stuck at that job? Recall you made a bad business decision and some how you got out? Remember when your child was facing a horrible situation and you prayed to your Father and He moved on the behalf of your family? Remember when you had no peace and all the seasons appeared to flow together as a drought. Due season was never an expectation of yours. Do you remember?
It’s no wonder we do not see the Lord move more in our own personal lives. If we are ranting and yelling, He has not come to see (inhabit) what you are talking about or saying (praising). All we are doing is saying whoo- glorayyy- hallelujah – but for what? When God is enthroned or inhabits our praise, every good thing that He does is available to us.
Why is this important? Bae baeee, when you are going through tough times and you are trying to find God in the mess and in the midst of your crisis stop. Quit trying to find God, and start worshiping Him and He will find you. He seeks for people to worship Him. God proved this to be true. I’m excited in my Spirit.
This man by the name of Jehoshaphat had some enemies that were looking to overtake Him and the Kingdom he ruled over. Honey, a worship leader came and told Jehoshaphat that God said to get into position. God would fight for them and they will see the salvation of God. Did you hear me? A worship leader. But before that happens, Jehoshaphat acknowledged God. In other words, He prayed. He spoke to his Father about the situation He was facing.
After the worshiper came down, Jehoshaphat says okay…forget the army, bring me the choir. The man appointed singers and praisers who went before the army of Jehoshaphat’s enemies and just as God had promised, the enemies were destroyed. You can find that in YOUR Bible: 2 Chronicles 20.
Praise keeps us mindful of what only God could do but it also keeps us mindful of how much we owe to Him. The next time you hear someone say: “Give God praise,” refrain from the tradition of yelling and screaming. Begin to thank Him for the specific things God has done for you and what He means to you and watch Him come take a seat in the midst of your storm and move out the enemy. Somebody gotta go, and my God doesn’t take a back seat to anyone or anything.
Give credit to where credit Is due. Give praise to God, our Father, in the name of Jesus.
Give God Praise!!!!!
“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night,
O LORD, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep. A senseless man does not know, Nor does a fool understand this.”
Psalms 92:1-2, 5-6 NKJV