I will praise you from here to eternity

I was reading Psalm 63 today.  Because God’s kindness is better than life, my lips will praise him.  What a great lesson for us all.  Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in life and forget to praise God, yet thinking of all the things he has done for me there is no way I should ever forget the importance of praise.

I wrote my version of the Psalm below:

MY LIPS WILL PRAISE

Yes, you are my God and that brings praise to my lips, I worship you with songs and poems, with prayers of devotion, there is an ache in my heart, a place reserved for you to fill and I long for you, without you it’s like I am in a scorching desert devoid of water, scanning the horizon for an oasis until I see a stream of living water reflecting your power and your glory seen only in that place of sanctuary, your love means more than life to me and I praise you relentlessly, I will praise you from here to eternity, singing joyfully as one excitedly awaiting their invitation to the banqueting table, I am unable to sleep without thinking of you, in the silence of the night I speak to you, reflecting on your sheltering arms, knowing that I’m safe from harm as I sing happy songs of adoration, I lay my foundations close to you, knowing that it’s you who supports me, you are my tower of strength, shielding me from those who would seek to drown out my praise, to stop me from making a noise for you Lord, you lift up your sword and protect me from evil, because of your love I celebrate, one of your faithful followers, one of the Lord’s own warriors, protected from lies and deceit, reprieved because of my beliefs.

 

 

 

Picture his smile, his joy, his delight

Thinking about worship and different forms of worship today and this verse in Isaiah struck me as quite poignant.

Isaiah 43:20-21 – I cause streams to flow in the dry and empty land for my chosen ones. I do it for the people I made for myself. I want them to sing praise to me.

I don’t believe God only provides streams of living water so that we will praise him, but I do believe in providing those streams he does have an expectation of thanks and praise.  It’s like the Lepers in the New Testament who were healed but only one returned to thank and praise Jesus.  We expect so much of God, we ask so much, yet do we thank him and praise him enough.  Matt Redman puts it so beautifully “every blessing you pour out, I’ll turn back to praise”.

Today I want to make a day of praise and worship, may all that I do be done to glorify God, whether that’s me driving the car, cleaning my house, praying, cooking, or spending time in God’s presence I will use my life to worship him.

LISTENING FOR OUR PRAISE

Listening for our praise, delighting in our worship, sit and be still, know him, know that he is God, rest in his presence a while, picture his smile, his joy, his delight as he hears the words from your mouth, as he sees the meditation of your heart, as you set apart time to worship and praise him, the streams of abundance flow right from him, blessings poured out on to his favoured children, a double portion for those who seek to obey him, praise him all creatures great and small, stand tall and worship even in pain and sorrow don’t put it off til tomorrow, praise and thanks will ever be on my lips, worship, my lifestyle, my default, my choice, I choose to lift my voice, to use the gifts bestowed upon me to worship you completely God, may all that I do be pleasing to you may all that I do be done for you.

Shatter the ceiling with your praise

Praise God for his never-ending love,  Praise God that he forgives us, loves us and praise God that he chose us.

Psalm 100 – Shout to the Lord with joy, everyone on earth. Worship the Lord with gladness. Come to him with songs of joy. I want you to realize that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to him. We are his people.  We are the sheep belonging to his flock. Give thanks as you enter the gates of his temple. Give praise as you enter its courtyards. Give thanks to him and praise his name. The Lord is good. His faithful love continues forever. It will last for all time to come.

Psalm 100

Shout it out, express your feelings, shatter the ceiling with your praise, raise the roof as you tell of God’s truth, everyone on earth will be excited once they realise this perfect truth, the Lord is God, he made us, we belong to him, created in his image we let him finish what he started, we will never be parted from his company, get down on your knees and give thanks as you enter the gates of his temple, give praise as you enter his courts, give thanks in all circumstances, praise with song and dance, the Lord is good, his love goes on forever and ever, eternal blessings, eternal joy, sing and rejoice, shout to the Lord.

Live beyond what if and find the Joy in what is

Sunday morning, a joyous day of praise and worship of our awesome God.  Sometimes I like to praise God iNs worship and song, other times in quiet prayer, but whatever I do and however I do it he never fails to fill me with a sense of immense Joy.

  1. Nehemiah 8:10 –  Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
  2. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
  3. Psalm 16:11 – You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
  4. 1 Peter 1:6 – In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials
  5. James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance
  6. Psalm 4:7 Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound

JOY

Joy, the embrace of life in all its turmoil, consider it joy when you face the trials of live, live beyond what if and find the Joy in what is, for to me the joy of knowing the Lord is my strength, thankful in all circumstances, truly glad, I sing and dance, because of the wonderful joy ahead, drenched in the grace and mercies of God, filled with joy in his presence, joy is the serious business of heaven, keep seeking God in all you do, on earth as in heaven joy will come to you, for God has filled our hearts with greater joy, a Spiritual fruit that cannot be extinguished, relinquish your worries and your fears, embrace the joy as God wipes your tears.

Blessed be my praise as it pours from my heart

At my ladies group last night we were looking at adopting a Kingdom Lifestyle and what we could do differently over the next 30 days to meet with God.  One of the options I chose (which was probably not the most challenging as I write regularly) was to write a praise prayer and use it daily to springboard my prayer time.  I will be doing some different challenges that stretch me more but this one was one I really felt was right for me.

  • Psalm 34:2 – “With all my heart, I will praise the LORD. Let all who are helpless, listen and be glad.”
  • 1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light
  • Psalm 69:30 – “I will praise the LORD God with a song and a thankful heart.”
  • Psalm 71:23 – You have rescued me! I will celebrate and shout, singing praises to you with all my heart.”
  • Psalm 148:1-4 – “Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.”
  • Psalm 149:6 – “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand”
  • Hebrews 13:15 – “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”
  • Psalm 103:1-2 – “Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.”
  • Psalm 113:1-4 – “Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’s name is to be praised. The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.”

PRAYER OF PRAISE

Praise you God, praise your name, blessed be your name, blessed be my praise as it pours from my heart, chosen, royal, holy, a special possession, let my expression of praise be acceptable, may nothing be conventional about my praise and worship to you God who purchased my sins and rescued me, I celebrate, I shout aloud, singing praises through the storm clouds and through the sunshine, cos I am yours and you are mine, may you be praised in the heavens, praised in the heights, everlasting light, may my praise be right and good, let your praise be continually in my mouth, a double edged sword in my hand, may I stand before your throne and make known my thanks and praise all of my days, may I never forget your mercy, all the things you’ve done for me for it is right to give my thanks and praise, blessed be your name from this time forth and for evermore, from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same your name oh Lord is to be praised, high above all nations, your glory shines above the heavens, praise him you sun and moon, praise him stars of light, praise him all creatures great and small, praise him with all my heart, may others listen and be glad, may their hearts soar to hear the praise and hear my roar of approval as I bring my grateful heart to my loving God, remembering all that you have done for me, celebrating all your love for me, rejoicing in your presence continually.

don’t procrastinate, defer or delay, Jesus calls you today

Since my brother’s death at just 55 years old I have been thinking a lot about God’s plan for our lives.  We don’t know what God has in store and we don’t really know how long we have.  A lady in our church celebrated 100 years last year, my brother sadly only 55.

So what am I going to do with my thoughts?  I am going to embrace even more boldly the plans he has for me but also feel I want to encourage others to do the same. What’s the old saying, “don’t put off until tomorrow what could be done to day”, really sums it up.

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

God created us for a reason, surely we should actively seek to give ourselves back to him and be open to seeking the purpose he has for us and obeying him on following it, not tomorrow, not next week but today.

We were created for God’s Glory – Isaiah 43:6-7 – I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth— everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

We were created to Praise God – Psalm 86:9 – All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name, Psalm 86:12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever

We were created to spread God’s word – Psalm 96:3 – Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples, Isaiah 12:4 – In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done and proclaim that his name is exalted.

We were created to use the talents God has given us – Romans 12:6-8 – We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

NO HESITATION

Step into the plan, step up, don’t hesitate or it could be too late, don’t procrastinate, defer or delay, Jesus calls you today, created by him, perfection created with affection, created with a specific direction in mind, good works, created like fireworks we must light up the sky, don’t let time pass you by as you look for excuses, don’t lose sight of the fight, the battle we are in, don’t let Satan into your mind, don’t let him interfere with your calling, don’t put God’s plans on the shelf, don’t put to waste the wealth of potential that you may feel is inconsequential to God’s mighty plans, man you have no idea what scheme you could be part of and doesn’t that excite you, made to praise, made for God’s glory, finish his story praise and glorify him throughout all territories, make him King of your life, tell him that you too will sacrifice as he did for you, declare his name throughout all nations, that’s what you were created for, use your talents, use your passions for they are God given.

Satan tried to win through tempting me with sin

Was reminded today of the need to praise and thank God at all times.  It really is great to praise and thank God.  I challenged myself to pray and thank God for 5 minutes without stopping.   I did repeat myself a few times but had enough verses in my “treasure chest” of verses that I could use as a basis for the prayer (it showed me that I do need to learn more praise and thanksgiving verses).  But what it really showed me was how great it is to thank God, how great it is to recognise all the fantastic things he has done for me and what he means to me.  I know 5 minutes doesn’t sound long so give it a go and see how great you feel afterwards!

Ezra 3:11 – With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

PURE AND PERFECT LOVE

You are good, your love endures forever, and what that really means is your love never fails, not like human love, not like the kind of love that depends upon their mood or whether they’re having a good day, your love is here to stay and may I never grow tired of thanking you for all you do, may I never cease to praise you for answered prayer, for showing me that you really care, for providing over and above, for showering me with the type of love that makes me feel safe and secure, a pure and perfect love, thank you for the peace you give, for taking away all my stress, for changing my life from a bit of a mess to a life of satisfaction, a life where perfection feels attainable, a life where all my shame has gone, thank you for giving us your son, your son who intercedes for me, who wants nothing more than for all to be free, thank you for looking into my heart, for setting me apart since before time began, for watching me as I grew in my Mother’s womb, for taking time to write out plans that are so perfect for me, for giving me a chance to reclaim the years the locusts have eaten, for not allowing me to be beaten by Satan who tried to win through tempting me with sin, but you trampled on him and put him in his place, turned your face towards me, you blessed me, thank you God for your amazing grace, thank you for saving me a place in your heavenly Kingdom where I will live for eternity, loved, cherished and eternally free.