Give praise to God with enthusiasm and optimism because His Holy Spirit leads in the right direction. In the time of great need, faith will pull us through. It is like a weapon in the fight for good. Many of our battles are internal and here’s a video to inspire change for the better: Changed – Rascal Flatts.
For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
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Faithful people have reason to praise God. As written in Psalm 149, joy and enthusiasm characterize their praise. The Lord takes delight in His believers and provides victory (v. 4). The characteristic that is linked to a victorious life is humility because a humble person follows the will of God and God finds pleasure in those that carry out His purpose.
This Psalm is a military song of victory with God’s people fighting His battle. I found an interesting illustration about this Psalm in Family Times. Many times, the skill level between people is not all that different. The British Army officer named Duke of Wellington along with the coalition defeated the French army leader and Emperor named Napoleon Bonaparte. Why was one victorious at Waterloo when both had almost the exact backgrounds? They both had 4 brothers and three sisters, they both lost their father at a young age, they both studied at the same military school, they both became great military leaders. The difference maker is having God on your side. God is in control of the future and you want to be on His side.
God needs those that worship Him but also willing to stand up against injustice and evil. Little by little, we can gain victories over the things that cause crime, poverty, and bad health. The Israelites carried out God’s purpose in their day and we can carry out God’s purpose as we fight against the negatives in our world today. Each day with God can be amazing when we realize that He can bless us with more victories than all the grains of sand on earth.
It is good to praise God because when our hope is in His unfailing love; we receive rewards like wonder, inspiration and security. In return, it is pleasing to God when give praise.
There is a relationship between God’s Word and things of nature. They both are His creation and they both teach us lessons that we can apply in everyday living.
After receiving these lessons from the study of Psalm 147-148 last week, there was a poem inspired. Please check it out at this link: Praise for Our Days.
Starting tomorrow, the journey will continue with a look at Psalm 149-150. Have a great week!