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“… dominion…”

What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen— Even the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas. Psalms 8:4‭-‬8 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/psa.8.4-8.NKJV

These words struck me this morning.

Have I pondered this truth?

What does it mean to have dominion over the works of God’s hands?

Strong’s Definitions: מָשַׁל mâshal, maw-shal’; a primitive root; to rule:—(have, make to have) dominion, governor, × indeed, reign, (bear, cause to, have) rule(-ing, -r), have power. (Copied from The Blue Letter Bible app.)

He gave mankind the job of ruling over His creation.

We are God’s stewards.

What He has given doesn’t belong to us, but is in our care.

I had to stop.

Do I handle my every day as if caring for the Lord’s things?

Do I even think about this truth?

Sometimes, I do not.

But as the sun climbed higher in the sky, the Lord encouraged me.

Today is a new opportunity to live with the proper mindset.

Today is open, a chance to be a wise caretaker.

Today, is all I have and I want to live it well.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for showing me these verses this morning. Thank You that all I think of as “mine” is really Yours and You will guide me as to what You want me to do. Lord, please continue to teach me how to view life and this world. Lord, help my heart to be filled with compassion and love. Lord, please help me to be wise and to use the things You have placed in my care well. Lord, teach me to be a good steward, that I might hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant”. Thank You, Lord. I love You. Amen.

Inspiring

I saw this as I was walking down the driveway.

I had to stop and take a picture.

This sweet little lawn daisy is growing surrounded by pavement.

Obviously, not the best conditions.

God used it to inspire me.

I’ve been reading through the prophets in scripture.

First, Jeremiah and now Ezekiel.

Neither of them are what you might call warm and fuzzy.

Jeremiah 1:15-17 NKJV — “For behold, I am calling All the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the LORD; “They shall come and each one set his throne At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, Against all its walls all around, And against all the cities of Judah. I will utter My judgments Against them concerning all their wickedness, Because they have forsaken Me, Burned incense to other gods, And worshiped the works of their own hands. Therefore prepare yourself and arise, And speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed before their faces, Lest I dismay you before them.”

Wow!

That’s heavy.

Both Jeremiah and Ezekiel did exactly as God commanded.

They were faithful to the Lord and in the most difficult of times, when many all around them were not.

Jeremiah 6:10 NKJV — To whom shall I speak and give warning, That they may hear? Indeed their ear is uncircumcised, And they cannot give heed. Behold, the word of the LORD is a reproach to them; They have no delight in it.

Being a prophet of God was a serious and difficult calling.

Ezekiel 2:3 NKJV — And He said to me: “Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day.”

These men were living unto the Lord, no matter how difficult.

The lawn daisy blooming in the stubborn and unyielding concrete reminds me of these men who spoke God’s Word to a stubborn and unyielding people.

Those who persevere for Christ should inspire all of us to do the same.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your prophets and the people of the Bible. Their stories inspire and encourage. Thank You for showing how great You are through these people. Please continue to help me to be reminded of Your Word and Your truth. Lord, each day is a new opportunity to live for You. Thank You. Amen.

Dear Christian young lady,

I wanted to write to you and remind you of who you are in Christ Jesus.

You’re worth to him is incredible, passed our understanding.

Romans 5:8 NKJV — But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Your value does not hang on your works, your possessions, your living status, or anything else you can do or are doing.

He loved you completely before you were even born.

Psalm 139:13-17

No one can remove that from you.

No one can change God.

The truth is the love remains whether you walk in it or choose to ignore it.

God’s love is steadfast, not based on how you feel or look, not moved by the opinions of others.

If you choose to live in God’s love you will find worth, value, peace, and security.

Nothing else can offer the true love of God.

When we accept His love and learn to walk in it, we can live a life of sacrifice, because nothing is more important than Him.

We can walk through the trials of this life and be free from fear, worry, doubt, or even ‘trying harder’ because we realize all we are and all we have are God’s.

We can sit at the Master’s feet freely, not burdened by the cares of this world.

Yes, you will have trials and tribulations. Yes, there will be suffering and pain.

No, it will not last. For our hope is in heaven. Heaven is where pain and sorrow will be over.

Eternity is worth the cost, because it is far more lasting.

That is why we can walk as women of God and endure what the world, sin, and the enemy throw it us, not in our own strength but through Christ.

We are not alone.

We are not unloved.

We are not held to any other standard than God’s.

What does God’s Word say? What is He saying to you through it? How are you living for Christ today? What are you looking at? Is it encouraging you to run after the things of heaven? How are you teaching your children about Jesus and His Word? What is the legacy you are leaving to other Christian women? How are you being held accountable to God’s Word? Are you hiding it in your heart?

Every stage of life we have a choice on how we live the day we are in.

Each moment we can respond with scripture or we can react with emotion.

It takes a gift of the Holy Spirit to be able to respond, without Him we simply react.

2 Timothy 1:7 NLT — For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

The exciting thing is, He promised to give us all we need if we put our trust in Him.

Be on your guard of placing your trust in mankind; whether it be your friends, your family, or even your husband.

God requires that He comes first in your heart, because that’s how we are designed.

You will never go very fast or well if you always drive your car in reverse.

It wasn’t designed to be driven that way.

Neither were we designed to have anyone in God’s place.

He must sit on the throne of your heart.

If you find that your heart has been wayward, God’s throne has been occupied by someone or something else then repent.

Get on your face before Him and humble your heart.

If you know something or someone is a danger then confess it before God.

Put away anything which hinders or causes you to stumble.

Stop going to or listening to those things which lead you to sin.

Remember the enemy is a liar and an accuser.

If you are hearing accusations, stop and seek God, because chances are they’re not from God.

Conviction is completely different.

It leads us to repentance and seeking God more.

Accusations make you feel want to hide, you feel inferior, dirty, damaged, unable, and worth very little.

Accusations bring up the most painful circumstances and parade them before you again and again. It is what the enemy does best next lieing.

When stuck in the lies and accusations seek God’s Word.

Look for His truth and place it around you as well as in your heart.

Remember that the enemy is a roaring lion, he wants to drown out the still small voice of the Lord.

He wants you to believe lies and choose to destroy yourself.

Don’t listen,

not even for a moment.

Walk away and seek God’s face.

If only Eve had done that instead of talking to the snake.

Above all, dear heart, walk in the truth.

Serve God and Him only for He is true.

His Mercy is abundant, His grace is sufficient, His word is enough.

I love you and so does He.

Zephaniah 3:17 KJV — The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your promises. Thank You for Your Word. Please help us as women to walk in integrity and truth. Please keep us from lies and deceit both within ourselves and those of the enemy might try to ensnare us with. Lord, please show us our hearts, help us to be humble, true servants of You. Thank You for my dear friend. Please bless her. Speak with her, encourage her. Lift her up and let her eyes see the well of living water, that neither she nor her children would die in the desert. Thank You, Jesus for Your faithfulness. Amen.

Happy Monday!

Sincerely, from my heart, I hope and pray each of you had an amazing Resurrection Sunday!

It seems, that anytime we have a holiday, the days directly following feel a little less of a blessing and a little more of the work and the let down which returning to the regular routine cause.

Maybe that’s just me.

Either way, I thought I would spend a little time today sharing some encouraging verses from God’s Word.

As I was recently reminded, it is through God’s Word and the comfort of knowing that what He has spoken is true, that we can find strength for the day, no matter the circumstance.

Personally, when I’m in need of instant encouragement I normally turn to Psalm 23.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
Psalms 23:1‭-‬6 NKJV

It is never failes to support, encourage, and remind me that I have a Good Shepherd and He truly cares for me.

Some of my favorite verses are in Philippians.

Philippians 4:4-7NKJV — Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Is there a more authentic peace?

Can the world offer anything which compares?

Life without anxiety is a blessing indeed.

Philippians 4:8 NKJV — Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Focusing myself upon these things brings me joy, because Jesus is all of them and in praising Him, I find other things to praise Him for.

Psalm 27:1 NKJV — A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Although, I battle fear and doubt more often then I would like, it has slowly decreased as my love and trust in God has grown.

Psalm 36:7 NKJV — How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.

Amen! How good is God’s loving kindness!

Let each one choose to put their trust in Him.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank you that Your mercies are new every morning. Thank You for Your loving kindness and Your grace. Lord, thank You for all Your wonderous works! How great You are, Jesus! What a blessing to know You! Please, continue to grow me in Your ways and please continue to polish my heart. Lord, thank You for Your sacrifice: beating, death, and burial. Thank You for rising again! Amen.

A letter

My dear friend,

I wanted to write to you and let you know what God has been teaching me.

I’m also praying for you, as I don’t know all you are going through, but Jesus does.

Uncertain times can bring fear and doubt, but for those of us who know Jesus, it is a place of surrender.

Which is where we should live as believers.

In fact, surrender is a pleasure, because it frees us of thinking we are in charge or that we have to do or must be whatever.

With total surrender we get to wait upon the Lord in peace.

To walk forward in Him and not worry.

It’s what Paul said:

Philippians 4:11-14 NKJV — Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Paul had learned the practice of daily surrender and he knew there was nothing that he could not endure, because Christ was his Master and through him he could walk whether hungry or full.

Too often, especially in our culture, we think we “have to do…”.

Yet, it is only true if we were given the task by God.

Him and His Word is what we must obey and listen to, not our flesh, not our family, not our neighbors.

At least not any of those before we listen to God and His Word. (We should always check what we “heard” to make sure it aligns with scripture. God doesn’t contradict Himself.)

We must have a teachable spirit, because often God will guide and direct us through the voices of others, but that’s why our relationship with the Lord and studying His word must come first.

Only with a heart completely surrendered before God can we truly hear those around us.

Life was not given for us to live unto our selfish desires.

Nor to achieve our own made-up priorities.

Life was given as a gift, but we should give it back.

Sin has marred the heart so much that we can never find true life without first giving ourselves to God completely, without even a piece left out.

True surrender means Job:

Job 1:21 NKJV — And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

This is surrender.

Job understood all that had been trusted to his care was not his and could be removed at any time.

His life was not his position, family, experience, nor his stuff.

His life was God’s and he would praise him no matter the circumstances.

That is where true joy is.

In finding that one can truly praise God no matter what is occurring.

That I can trust Him no matter the obstacle or the emotion.

There is nothing to despair, because my Savior lives!

There’s nothing I need to prove to others, because my Savior lives!

What does man think of me? It doesn’t matter.

My Savior lives!

What blessed joy!

What grand design!

How great is our God!

May God bless and keep you my friend,

Love, Hope

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your love! Thank You for salvation! How grateful I am to You for Your gift of friendship to me. I’m so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family who love me as they do. Lord, please lift up my friend and bring them to a place of rest and trust in You. Heal their heart of past hurts and restore them to faith in You. Lord, let them see themselves and others as You do. Let them walk with understanding and truth. Lord, please open the scriptures to them, that they might find the Way. Let their hearts find peace in surrender. Let them put all their trust in You. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

No record

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV — Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Years ago the Lord took me through a season of “studying” what love is.

Part of that was to break this verse down piece by piece and really work at understanding everything the scriptures said about what love is.

I needed to know, because I was struggling.

I couldn’t see past society’s fake version of love nor the temporary emotions that are often tagged as love.

I knew there was more, so much more, because of Jesus, and I wanted to better understand His love as well as what mine should be.

My study, years ago was with an NIV and this one section jumped to mind recently.

1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV — It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

“Keeps no record of wrongs”

That had been like a 2×4 upside my head years ago.

The Lord showed me at that time, how I had carefully logged a list of people’s wrongs against me.

I suddenly realized my “praying” for these people was actually me recounting each wrong in order from my list and telling God all about what sad things had happened to me.

Obviously, I wasn’t loving them.

Indeed, I wasn’t praying for them either.

I praise God for His patience and that He showed me my error.

It wasn’t easy nor quick, but the Lord began showing me how to love.

Starting with trashing the lists of wrongs.

When the Lord brought this back to my heart yesterday, it was with great joy.

I’d been praying specifically for a circumstance and this was the answer.

Love keeps no record wrongs, because loving means forgiving.

Matthew 6:14 NKJV — “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Ephesians 4:32 NKJV — And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

God set the example.

Jesus paid the price.

We should love as He does.

Colossians 3:13 NIV — Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for forgiveness! What a priceless gift You have given us, both in Salvation and in life eternal with You. Lord Jesus, thank You for reminding me of this scripture and for bringing back to my heart the importance of forgiveness. Please help me to never make lists of wrongs, but instead choosing to love. Lord, thank You, that You are our righteous judge and that we can look to You and trust You for all things. Lord, please grant me wisdom, that I might be able to know what Your will is for each day. Help me to walk in Your truth at all times. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Standing in the gap

Prayer is more than simply crying out to God.

It is meant to be a two way conversation.

Thus, it is natural that the Lord would speak as well.

Often, the Lord brings others to remembrance and our privilege is to stand in the gap for them in prayer.

This morning was one of those moments for me.

I got up and grabbed my Bible and my phone and asked God to give me a verse to pray for those He had placed upon my heart.

One of the verses was this one:

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

In You, O LORD, I put my trust;
Let me never be ashamed;
Deliver me in Your righteousness. Psalm 31:3

For God’s Word is powerful and He alone knows what each one of us truly needs.

Instead of praying my own expectations or desires for these dear people, I am leaning on the Lord for His guidance and His perfect plan for their lives.

Then the Lord brought me to another verse and I prayed this as well.

Let the lying lips be put to silence,
Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous. Psalm 31:18

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Lord, I lift up those You have placed upon my heart. May Your perfect will be apparent. Please guide, direct, and protect. Lord, please let them not be ashamed, but instead help them to put all their trust in You. Lord Jesus, please cut off lies and the works of the enemy. Please let the truth be known. Vindicate Your people. Give them all that is lacking, please help them to patiently wait upon You. Thank You. Amen.

I don’t know what is occurring in their lives, what God is doing.

But I don’t need to know.

Instead of wasting time trying to guess what is going on I am putting my time into prayer.

For God has not called me to “fix” things, He has called me to stand in the gap.

Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for teaching me to pray instead of worry, to trust instead of “trying”. Lord, You alone know all the details of all things and I am so thankful that it is not my responsibility to act on anything, but what You have called me to do. Please Lord, keep me from meddling in the affairs of others or speaking when I should be praying or just silent. Lord, please help me to walk in Your Word and to trust You for each circumstance, for all those I love so dearly, for the future no matter what it brings. Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your truth. Thank You for Your Word. Please continue to help each of us who are called by Your name to learn to stand in the gap in prayer. I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.

Trials: God’s revealing of the heart

Not unlike the process of sanding down through the old top finish, are trials upon our lives.

When difficulties, disappointment, and tragedy hit, our hearts are suddenly uncovered.

In those days of trial we have a continual choice.

How will we respond?

What will we prioritize?

Where does our treasure abide?

For those who have chosen to follow Jesus, scripture is clear.

We are to surrender.

Matthew 16:24 KJV — Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Dieing daily to ourselves and following Jesus is an opportunity to let go of everything we think we need.

After all Jesus had no personal possessions as He died on the cross, dead men need nothing in the grave.

We are to trust.

2 Samuel 22:3 KJV — The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

Psalm 4:5 KJV — Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.

When we have nothing we are clinging to besides Jesus, our hearts are much more able to find peace.

We are to praise.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2‭-‬4 NKJV

Through rejoicing in God Almighty, we are walking in the trust and faith of true understanding that it is patience which has a perfect work in our hearts.

What are we being patient for?

The return of Christ.

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
Revelation 19:11‭-‬13 NKJV

Jesus is coming back!

As we walk through trials let us remember that God is using those things to reveal our hearts.

We should choose to cling to Jesus only.

We must confess our sins and humble ourselves before the Lord.

We can rejoice in His works, for He is good.

Then they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.
Psalms 78:35 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your faithfulness and patience. Lord, thank You for using the things of this life to teach us. Lord Jesus, please help us embrace all that life brings as an opportunity to draw closer to You. Thank You for revealing our hearts and for Your Word which teaches us how to respond. May the knowledge of the glory of God fill the Earth.

Dealing with sin

Then the woman in her wisdom went to all the people. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and threw it out to Joab. Then he blew a trumpet, and they withdrew from the city, every man to his tent. So Joab returned to the king at Jerusalem.
II Samuel 20:22 NKJV

If one is unfamiliar with this story, it seems harsh and gruesome.

The backstory is where we find out this wise woman who acted quickly, saved many lives.

King David’s son, Absalom, took matters into his own hands.

First, he planned the assassination of his brother Amnon. (2 Samuel 13:23-36)

Amnon deserved severe punishment, but it wasn’t Absalom’s place to meet it out. (2 Samuel 13:1-22)

After having his brother killed Absalom fled to another country. (2 Samuel 13:37-38)

Through the work of Joab, King David allowed him to return to the country, but obviously Absalom’s heart was far from repentant, for he began to steal the hearts of the people for himself by slandering his own father. (2 Samuel 15:1-6)

Then he lied to his father the king and went to Hebron to be anointed as king, where he then turned around to return and wipe out his father and all who supported King David. (2 Samuel 15:7-12)

2 Samuel 15-18 records who supported King David and how Absalom was defeated.

It also records the tribe of Judah escorting the king and his people back across the Jordan.

Just then all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to the king, “Why have our brethren, the men of Judah, stolen you away and brought the king, his household, and all David’s men with him across the Jordan?”
II Samuel 19:41 NKJV

An argument between the people of Judah and the people of the other tribes of Israel begin shouting at one another over who has more right to escort the king back to Jerusalem.

Which is where Sheba comes on the scene.

And there happened to be there a rebel, whose name was Sheba the son of Bichri, a Benjamite. And he blew a trumpet, and said: “We have no share in David, Nor do we have inheritance in the son of Jesse; Every man to his tents, O Israel!”
II Samuel 20:1 NKJV

The people of Israel leave:

So every man of Israel deserted David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri. But the men of Judah, from the Jordan as far as Jerusalem, remained loyal to their king.
II Samuel 20:2 NKJV

King David returns to Jerusalem to put all things in order.

He sent the army out to deal with Sheba.

This wise woman knew the stakes were high.

The kingdom had just gone through a civil war brought on by a young man who had no regards for what was right.

Absalom did as he thought best and suffered the consequences.

Sheba comes on the heels of this painful and splintered time, and by all accounts his treachery could further splinter and shatter the kingdom.

But for this wise woman.

She saw danger.

She found the source of the sin.

She acted in quick response to what would deal with it quickly.

Unfortunately, Sheba had signed his own death warrant by his actions.

But there is so much to learn from this story.

Sin causes pain, violence, and destruction.

It needs to be dealt with, quickly and completely.

There is no record of King David punishing Amnon for his sin against Tamar.

King David’s own son, Absalom, was a murderer and yet the king did not punish him.

We will never know what would have been different if the king had dealt with the sins of his sons.

But he didn’t let Sheba’s sin slide and neither did this wise woman.

Evidently the king had learned much from his previous error and the results are far different.

In this case only the one who committed the sin paid for it, Sheba.

Because of Jesus’s payment for sin we no longer have to die eternal death to pay for our sins, but we still must be wise.

The New Testament tells believers to put away sin.

2 Timothy 2:22 KJV — Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

No one is immune to sin, therefore the Word of God gives us instruction.

James 5:16 NKJV — Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

1 John 1:9 NKJV — If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

As this year comes to a close and a new year begins, let us be honest about the sin within our walls and deal with it as the wise woman did.

For Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness!

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the example we see in scripture. Please Lord Jesus, do not allow any sin to hide inside my heart, but reveal it that it might be dealt with completely. Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness in continually showing me the way I should walk daily. Please continue to shine Your truth into my heart and mind. Lord, You alone have all that I need and Your Word is my guide. Please continue to hone my heart. Thank You. Amen.

The power of praise

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”
Luke 2:13‭-‬15 NKJV

As I listened to a sermon about this section of scripture the pastor said something I’ve never heard before.

“What were the angels there for? They were protecting the newborn babe.”

My heart suddenly asked, “Is there protection in praising God?”

God used the shouts and sounds of trumpets to knock down the wall of Jericho.

Joshua 6:20 KJV — So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

King Jehoshaphat experienced God’s protection from the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir through praise and worship.

Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.
II Chronicles 20:22 NKJV

Yes, God does use worship.

In my own life I have seen how worshipping the Lord has brought me comfort and protection.

It is not uncommon for me to experience nightmares.

I’ve learned the best way to handle waking up from a disturbing dream is to praise God.

I thank Him for His goodness.

I praise Jesus for His salvation.

I tell the Lord all the things I can think of about His wonderful attributes and worship Him.

Then I go back to sleep in peace.

The same is true for when I’m struggling with fear or pain.

I worship God by listening to music which praises His holy name.

I speak to Him about all the good He has poured out on me.

I praise Him for everything I can think of.

And He drives away fear and brings me joy in the pain.

Yes, praising God is powerful, because it brings me to a place of humility.

It turns my attention to Him and it reminds me of what is really important.

The power of praise is in the heart fully submitted to Jesus Christ.

What a beautiful thing!

To worship the One Who is so worthy of praise!

Our son-in-law recently said something so true:

“Man was never made to receive worship only to give it.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for teaching me about the joys and blessings of praise and worship. Thank You for holding me in Your hands and walking me forward into Your truths. Lord, You alone are worthy of all praise. Your name is great and Your way is perfect. “Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.”* Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

*(Psalms 67:3 NKJV)