Flames of Truth Ministries
Monday, July 24, 2017
PRAISE
     WHO?  The LORD God Jehovah, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit 
 
     WHEN?  Every second of every day
 
     HOW?  With your voice, attitudes and actions, every fiber of your being should Praise the LORD
 
     WHY?  Because "But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
 
 
Psalm 100
                SHOUT joyfully to the Lord all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness;
                Come before Him with joyful singing. 
                Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who made us and not we ourselves;
                We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
                Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise,
                Give thanks to Him; bless His name.
                For the Lord is good; His loving-kindness is everlasting,
                And His faithfulness to all generations
 
One of the easiest ways to praise the LORD is through music. If you don’t have any praise and worship music you can find plenty of it on www.youtube.com . Search praise and worship and you will find a wealth of music videos to lead you through a time of worship. Be careful to make sure that every word in the song is Scripturally accurate and centered on bringing God Jehovah praise. This web site is certainly not a Christian site but can be a great resource to Christians if you are careful and discerning to the words you are hearing.  Let yourself get caught up, not in the music itself, but in seeing God and His glory as the words flow through your heart and reflect back to Him.  
 
 
Ezra 8:21-23 “Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God to seek from Him a safe journey for us, our little ones, and all our possessions. For I was ashamed to request from the king’s troops and horsemen to protect us from the enemy on the way, because we had said to the king, ‘The hand of our God is favorably disposed to all those who seek Him, but His power and His anger are against all those who forsake him’. So we fasted and sought our God concerning this matter and He listened to our entreaty.”
 Ezra could have asked for safety from the king but he knew that the very act of prayer and being humble before a Holy God was an act of worship and would bring honor from God and glory to Him. The simple fact that we stop and acknowledge God through prayer is an act of worship.
 
Stop now and acknowledge God in prayer. Just talk to Him. Tell of His excellent greatness. Thank Him for loving you. Thank Him for salvation. If you have never experienced the saving grace and mercy of Jesus Christ stop now and go back to the home page and follow the Steps to a Savior. You cannot bring true glory and praise to someone you don’t know. Once you have found the Savior and surrendered your whole life to Him, then you can return to this page to continue your study on praise and worship.
 
 
Let’s again look at how we are to PRAISE the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
 
Acknowledge His character
                We can acknowledge His character by praying the names of God and Jesus Christ. His name was very important to Him as indicated in the following Scriptures.
                Exodus 3:14   And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” 
                In this verse it “I AM” is translated Yhwh which after vowels are added becomes Yahweh. The Israelites so revered this name that they would not even speak it for fear of defiling the Holy Name of God.
                Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.
                Ephesians 2:9-11 Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
                When God Himself puts this much emphasis on His own name and the name of Jesus we need to make sure we understand His name and the descriptors used with His name so that when we use them we are offering pure praise to God Jehovah and Jesus Christ our Savior and LORD.
                (Definitions here are taken from the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary 1995)
 
1.       Elohim – In the creation narrative we read: “Then God (Elohim) said, ‘Let us make man in our image’” Genesis 1:26. This name suggests that there is a mystery to the Creator God which mankind cannot fully fathom. God is absolute, infinite Lord over creation and history.
2.       Adonai – This is a title of honor and authority. To this we see that He is Lord. We are to respect and worship Him as LORD
3.       El Shaddai – Almighty God – He is the all-powerful, all knowing, all present God.
4.       Jehovah Jireh – The Lord will provide. 
a.       Genesis 22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the LORD it will be provided”
b.      When we trust the Lord completely, we praise Him because He will provide for all of our needs. Nowhere does it say that He will give us all we want. But throughout the Bible it states that he will provide for our needs.
5.        Jehovah Nissi – The Lord is my banner.
a.       Exodus 17:15 And Moses built an altar, and named it The LORD is my Banner.
b.      The name of God was considered a banner under which Israel could rally for victory. The Lord’s name was the battle cry. When we feel defeated, we need to rally under the name and character and LORDship of God and move forward in His victory.
6.        Jehovah Mekaddesh – The Lord sanctifies
a.       Exodus 31:13 But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, “You shall surely observe My Sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.”
b.      Holiness is a central revelation of God’s character. God calls for a people who are set apart. He tells us to be Holy because He is holy. We must recognize that He is the one who cleans us and purifies us and sanctifies us. There is no other who can do this for us and we certainly cannot do it for ourselves.
7.        Jehovah Shalom – The Lord is peace
a.       Judges 6:24 Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and named it The Lord is Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
b.      Ephesians 2:14 But He Himself is our peace…
c.       Psalm 119:165 Those who love Thy law have great peace and nothing causes them to stumble.
d.      We all want peace today within ourselves and within our land. God says He is our peace. If we live within Him and His Word His peace will be ours. Praise Him for being our sure and steadfast peace that cannot be shaken.
8.        Jehovah Rohi – The Lord is my Shepherd
a.       Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
b.      We are His sheep and He is our Shepherd. To give Him the praise due for being our shepherd, we need to fully understand this analogy. Sheep are ignorant beings. They will walk right off the side of a cliff without any sense of danger. They wander off from the safety of the sheepfold. They cannot find food that is not brought right before them. They are one of God’s saddest creations. He says we are His sheep. Whoa! Does that mean that we are ignorant beings? Yes it does! We walk right away from God and into danger over and over without heeding the caring words of our Lord. We wander away from His care daily. We have the meat of His word and yet don’t partake of enough of it to keep us on the right path. That is why He is our Shepherd. He is there every day to bring us back when we wander away. To provide for our needs. Even to break our legs to keep us from wandering too far away just as a shepherd would do to a wandering sheep.
9.        Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is There
a.       Ezekiel 48:35 The city shall be 18,000 cubits round about; and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is There.
b.      Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, not things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, not depth, not any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
c.       There is no dark closet, no depths of the sea, no shuttle into outer space that can separate us from God. He is where we are. We cannot leave Him at home or at church and go about our life without Him. He is there when our actions please Him and when our actions grieve Him. He is there when we need Him to hold us in His loving and caring arms. He is there to celebrate with us and to mourn with us. He is there.
 
Acknowledge God’s Glory
                Give thanks where thanks is due. Recognize Him at work in your daily life. Have you said lately how lucky you were or that somebody must have been looking out for you about something? That is not recognizing God. You must train yourself to watch for and to see the Hand of God at work in your life. When the car that runs the red light just misses you, don’t say how lucky you were; stop and say thanks to God for His protection. When you are at the end of your patience and emotions and “by chance” a friend calls to encourage you; don’t miss the opportunity to thank God for sending that friend at your time of need. Make an effort to recognize the things that God is doing in your everyday life. Start a list for each day to see what good things have come your way. The Bible says that every good and perfect gift is from above. Thank Him and praise Him for each of those things.
                Give God glory for all things and be specific. Thank you God that I could stand up today, that I have two feet and legs that support and move me. Thank you God that I have the vision to see your creation and the faces of those I love. Thank you God that I have food to eat today and water to drink.
 
Acknowledge God’s Sovereignty and Holiness
                God is our ALL in ALL
                                He is Omniscient – All Knowing
                                                Psalm 139:1-4 O Lord, Thou hast searched me and known me. Thou dost know when I sit down and when I rise up; Thou dost understand my thought from afar. Thou dost scrutinize my path and my lying down, and art intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord Thou dost know it all.
                                                Psalm 147:5 Great is the Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding id infinite.
                                                Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
                                                1 John 3:20 We shall know by this that we are of the truth, and shall assure our heart before Him, in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
 
                                He is Omnipresent – Always present
                                                Jeremiah 23:23-24   “Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord, “and not a God far off? Can a man hide himself in hiding places, so I do not see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord.
                                                Psalm 139:7-12 Where can I go from Thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou are there. If I take the wings of dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Thy hand will lead me and Thy right hand will lay hold of me. If I say, “surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night,” even the darkness is not dark to Thee, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to Thee.
               
 
 
                                He is Omnipotent – All powerful
                                                Matthew 8:23-27 And when He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose a great storm in the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves; but He Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and awoke Him saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” And He said to them, “Why are you timid, you men of little of faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and it became perfectly calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
                                                Joshua 6:1-21 Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in. And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors. And you shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days. Also, seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. And it shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead.” So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the Ark of the Covenant, and let seven priests carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” Then he said to the people, "Go forward, and march around the city, and let the armed men go on before the ark of the Lord."  And it was so, that when Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets of rams' horns before the Lord went forward and blew the trumpets; and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them.  The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while they continued to blow the trumpets.  But Joshua commanded the people, saying, "You shall not shout nor let your voice be heard nor let a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I tell you, 'Shout!' Then you shall shout!" So he had the ark of the Lord taken around the city, circling it once; then they came into the camp and spent the night in the camp.  Now Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually, and blew the trumpets; and the armed men went before them and the rear guard came after the ark of the Lord, while they continued to blow the trumpets. Thus the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp; they did so for six days. Then on the seventh day they rose early at the dawning of the day and marched around the city in the same manner seven times; only on that day they marched around the city seven times. At the seventh time, when the priests blew the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city. 17 "The city shall be under the ban, it and all that is in it belongs to the Lord; only Rahab the harlot and all who are with her in the house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent. "But as for you, only keep yourselves from the things under the ban, so that you do not covet them and take some of the things under the ban, and make the camp of Israel accursed and bring trouble on it. “But all the silver and gold and articles of bronze and iron are holy to the Lord; they shall go into the treasury of the Lord."  So the people shouted, and priests blew the trumpets; and when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight ahead, and they took the city. They utterly destroyed everything in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.
                                                Joshua 10:7-14   So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him and all the valiant warriors. The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands; not one of them shall stand before you." So Joshua came upon them suddenly by marching all night from Gilgal.  And the Lord confounded them before Israel, and He slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and pursued them by the way of the ascent of Beth-horon and struck them as far as Azekah and Makkedah. As they fled from before Israel, while they were at the descent of Beth-horon, the Lord threw large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died; there were more who died from the hailstones than those whom the sons of Israel killed with the sword.
Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,
"O sun, stand still at Gibeon,    And O moon in the valley of Aijalon."   So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped,   until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies.
Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. There was no day like that before it or after it, when the Lord listened to the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel.  Then Joshua and all Israel with him returned to the camp to Gilgal.
                                                Acts 3:1-16  Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. And a man who had been lame from his mother's womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms.  But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, "Look at us!"  And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.  But Peter said, "I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene — walk!" And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened.  With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God; and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.   While he was clinging to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them at the so-called portico of Solomon, full of amazement.  But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, "Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk?  “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him.  "But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses. “And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.
 
 
 
Now take some time to praise the LORD for all the things we see in His name and His characteristics. Tell Him how amazed you are at His greatness. Go back to your praise music and allow the words of the songs to flow from your heart straight to the throne of heaven. Praise the one and only sovereign God who loves and cares for you.