HomeWord - May 26, 2009

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Praise 
This devotional was written by Jim Burns

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!" The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.Revelation 5:11-14

Praise is music to God’s ears. The Bible says: "God inhabits our praise." God loves to hear His children offer Him praise. How can you make God happy? Praise Him! Why should God be praised? He is our Creator, our Redeemer and our Comforter.

Praise releases the power of God. Praise is our expression of gratitude for His mighty acts of power and his surpassing greatness. Praise releases your life into the hands of God. Praise releases the Holy Spirit within you to call upon his almighty authority. Praise releases your spirit to sing of His awesome greatness!

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. —Psalm 150:6

GOING DEEPER:

  1. Look through Psalms 144-150. Count the number of reasons the psalmist gives us to offer praise to God.
  2. Take a minute to sing a song of praise to God.

FURTHER READING:
Psalm 145:1-13

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