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Praising in the Midst of it All…

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Praise with a New Song...
Praise with a New Song…

I was torn today with what to write today. I’ve been dealing with yet another layer of fear and anger.

In an effort to live the life God intended I have subjected myself to a mulitude of change at the hand of Father God.
While these transformations are in the end beneficial they are frustrating and at time excruciating! Yet, I reach for the goal of the prize in Christ Jesus.  So this is what I decided to write today…Praise.
Yesterday I recieved my e-mail scripture verse. Many of you receive them from some site or other, so some may recognize this. The verse sent was:
Psalm 149:1 ; I have taken it to verse 4.

1 Praise the LORD!

Sing to the LORD a new song,
And His praise in the assembly of saints.

2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise His name with the dance;
Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
4 For the LORD takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.

 

The bible tells us that God inhabits the praise of His people. I love just the thought of that.

The primary aim of the Book of Psalms is to let us know what God purposed Praise to be.

Praise is defined as the exhaltation of our deity. To honor and Glorify God for who and what He is, not just what He has done for us. Although that remains apart of what Praise is for. Praise naturally speaks our appreciation for our Father God.

When David, or the other Psalmists for that matter, ask for a  New Song, they are calling for a freshness in our praise ~ an integrity to the music and song. They are literally calling us to a Genuine Praise, as individuals and a group.

I am getting used to the fact that my God reveals and confirms Himself to us frequently and faithfully. Yet I remain in utter awe that He does!

This call for fresh and genuine Praise comes several time in the book. The Psalmists encourage more that just your routine praise. They are calling for an intensity that pulls at the very heart of Father God.

The Psalms call for these and more in these verses as well:

Psalm 33: 3- 5

3 Sing to Him a new song;
Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

4 For the word of the LORD is right,
And all His work is done in truth.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.

Psalm 40: 3 -9

3 Sing to Him a new song;
Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

4 For the word of the LORD is right,
And all His work is done in truth.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.

Psalm 144: 9 -15

9 I will sing a new song to You, O God;
On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,

10 The One who gives salvation to kings,
Who delivers David His servant
From the deadly sword.

11 Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners,
Whose mouth speaks lying words,
And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood—
12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth;
That our daughters may be as pillars,
Sculptured in palace style;
13 That our barns may be full,
Supplying all kinds of produce;
That our sheep may bring forth thousands
And ten thousands in our fields;
14 That our oxen may be well laden;
That there be no breaking in or going out;
That there be no outcry in our streets.
15 Happy are the people who are in such a state;
Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!

Again I am compelled to tell you, my loyal reader, that I stand amazed that God confirms what He instructs us to do. All the Honor and Glory goes to God for this. His faithfulness brings me to tears.

Since the beginning of the year, 2009, God has urged our church to focus heavily on Prayer and Praise. Since before the beginning of the year we had begun this, we were all lined up to praise Him with our First Fruits, which most have been obedient to, those that understood. Since then it has been my understanding that we walk under God’s Open Heaven. Many of us, in our church, have seen God’s heavy favor in many areas of our lives. It is wonderful.

Most marked, though, is our praise. It increases in intensity and fresh anointing with each and every service. The presence of God meets us in that sanctuary and inhabits each note of music and song. He can be felt, He can be found there with us…in our words…in His words.

The experience, for me, is Revival…yet not your average Revival Tent variety…the Revival He, God, intended.

A Revival within the assembly of His saints, each time they meet. A Revival that remains within each saint when they leave and until they assemble again to Revive the Spirit of God. To me it holds the essense of the upper room. Since this experience has begun, new congregants have come through our doors, each service. People truly searching for the Kingdom of God…they are getting delivered and saved. It is utterly amazing!

It is so evident to me in that, since the beginning of the year I have met and begun to pray, almost absent mindedly, for strangers I meet, yet have consistant contact with. Like the boy at the local Sonic drive through. After a month he is at church when the doors are open and on fire for God!

Just Wednesday…it was the girl at the post office counter. For a year I did little more that say hello. She wasn’t unfriendly, yet she made it obvious that she wanted to be anywhere else. So I’d nod, say thank you and that would be it. Wednesday, she saw the churches return address on a mailing and asked, very concerned if the church was moving, she had heard it was. I said no, and she went on to say that she was moving to town the following week and we would see her soon…

I just pray! And God does all the work!

Just Amazing!

I will Sing a New Song to the LORD and I will Praise Him in the assembly of the saints.

Blessings!

 

 

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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