Chapter 23

Praise as a key part of your life.

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 100:1-5

Several places in Scripture command us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord (Psalm 66:1; 95:1–2; 100:1; 1 Chronicles 15:16). The verses that follow explain what that means. For example, Psalm 98:4–6 says, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!” This psalm goes on to describe the sea roaring, the rivers clapping their hands, and the hills breaking forth in song. The picture is that of all creation joining together in noisy worship of God.

A joyful noise is not merely noise for its own sake. Our world is filled with noise, much of it harmful or distracting. A joyful noise is a bold declaration of God’s glorious name and nature, with shouts, clapping, and other outward expressions of praise. A joyful noise often includes music, such as singing, playing instruments, and dancing (Psalm 95:1; 98:6; 149:3; 1 Chronicles 15:28). While there is a time for quiet reverence in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 5:7; 95:6), God also delights in our outward displays of joyful abandon as we worship Him with all we have. Scripture is filled with examples of God’s servants praising Him in a variety of ways, many of them noisy and active. David danced (2 Samuel 6:14); Miriam played the tambourine, singing and dancing (Exodus 15:20–21); the children of Israel shouted and sang (2 Chronicles 15:14); Solomon lifted hands before all the people (1 Kings 8:22); Paul and Silas sang loudly in jail (Acts 16:25); and Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem with loud shouts of joy (John 12:13).

Not just praise, but allowing that indescribable joy to spill over!
People who cover over their sins will not prosper. But if they confess and forsake them, they will receive mercy.
Proverbs 28:13

Mercy is a joy! Too many times we live in denial. “The Nile is a river on Egypt”! Not a part of our Lives. To live appropriately- we need to confess, open up and let God in. When we do, we have all the reason to praise God. We are free to Live in and through God. Just how you might ask. We are given The Spirit who resides within us and fires us up.

To explain more the reason for praise is we were given a task. Care for The garden in Eden. Something that came to me was God did not speak to Eve, it was said to Adam that the fruit of all could be eaten except the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. I received a forward which I will share with you and there is SO much to learn from it:
This is one of the best post I’ve read about *MEN*
By Myles Munroe……On Marriage & Relationships

Ladies and Gentlemen,
This post is not for everybody. It’s for people who wish to get understanding.

★The word “Eden” is an Hebrew word for “where God dwells”, so the first thing God gave man was “His Presence”.

*(1)*So the first thing a man needs is NOT a woman; it is the presence of God, and a woman should meet him in the presence of God. Eve met Adam in Eden.

*(2)*The next thing God gave man after putting him in the Garden was WORK. (Gen. 2:15). God gave man work before giving him a woman. That means a man needs a job before he gets a woman. God’s priorities are very clear.

*(3)*The third thing God told man was “Cultivate”…… Cultivate here means, bring out the best in everything around you, to maximize the potentials of everything and everyone around you; to make everything fruithful. He only said that to the male. That’s why God will never give a man a finished woman. The male was created by God to create whatever he wants. The woman you are looking for doesn’t exist; she’s in your head. Your job is to take the raw material you married and cultivate her into the woman in your head. So you have been married for 20yrs and you still don’t like the product you get, that’s your *fault*.

*(3a)*If your wife is putting a little weight and you don’t like that, don’t criticize her; it’s your job to wake her at 6am, ” Hey baby, let’s go jogging”.

*(3b)*You don’t like her dress? Take her to a boutique and buy her clothes you like.

*(3c)* She can’t speak good English? Send her to school and pay her tuition fee. CULTIVATE HER!!!!

*(4)*The fourth thing God said to man was, “Guard the Garden”. The man has to be the protector of everything under his care. That’s why God gave you a stronger bone frame. A bigger muscle mass, not to abuse the woman, but to protect the woman.

*(5)*The last thing God gave man was his Word… God told man not to touch the tree; God never told the woman about the tree, NEVER!!!….. Which means it was the man WHO received the word of God and his job was to teach his wife the word of God.

*NOTE*: Nothing frustrates a woman like when she asks her man “So what do you think” and the dummy answers “what ever you think is OK”….or keeps quiet. ..Giving Silence…mmmm.
Don’t do that bro, don’t do that. She’s looking for knowledge and direction. That was the last command God gave to man in Vs 17.

★Now watch this: in verse 18, God said, “It is not good for this man to be alone”. Now, don’t just read the statement fast, read it again slowly, ” it is not good for THIS MAN to be alone”.

WHAT MAN???
Answer : The man who is:
*In his presence
*Has a job (working)
*Can Cultivate you
*Can protect you
*Can teach you.
So here’s the problem:
★ if you meet a man who doesn’t like God’s presence, isn’t working, can’t cultivate you, can’t protect you and can’t teach you, then…..
IT IS GOOD FOR THAT MAN TO BE ALONE….😂😂😂
Full Stop! *

This is a forward I received and it says so much. When we are as we should be. As we were created for and fulfilling the will of God, we have all things added to us.

What was clear is that there are Heavenly Angels and those who were cast out of Heaven for their desire to be ‘otherwise’.
How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
But you are brought down to Sheol,
to the far reaches of the pit.
Isaiah 14:12-15

This is one of the most extensive accounts of the who and what happened. In essence, it explains all. We can see why Lucifer and his cohorts are desperate! Seeking who to exist with them in darkness, with no hope.

The angels cast out of Heaven have set temporary ‘residence’ here on Earth.
The Bible teaches that fallen angels are invisible, supernatural, angelic, spirits created by God. Satan employs them as his immoral agents. After one-third of the heavenly angels sided with Satan, they were cast out of heaven to the earth (Revelation 12:4).

The Bible calls fallen angels devils, demons, evil, and unclean spirits. Their lust for power is matched with an evil mind, emotions, and will. In their present, restrained state, demon angels are awaiting God’s final judgment and their ultimate destination: God’s predestined, eternal hell, a place of “reserved everlasting chains.”

While the Bible doesn’t offer the exact number of angels, the hosts could outnumber people. Of all the multitudes of angels God created, fallen angels comprise one-third. Satan keeps demons in bondage to his will: corrupting humans to separate them from God.

God controls the universe — including Satan. However, He permits Satan to assign demons to activities and people to test. Demons tempt, accuse, and deceive. Demons dominate and captivate people who practice sin. Demons can inflict disease, ruining bodies and souls (Luke 9:42).

Demons can possess a person who is not under God’s protection (i.e. saved from sin by Jesus Christ), causing them to say and commit evil things (Matthew 8:28-24). The goal of demons is to separate as many people from God as possible forevermore, taking them to eternal hell with them. Their war strategy is influencing the mind to reject the Lord Jesus and live in sin. In God’s churches, they attempt to draw people away from the truth (1 John 4:1).
“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”
Col 1:16

“However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.
1 Cor 2:9

“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.
Rev 20:12-13

This might get a little much. Let us pray, go back over it and move on.

Father Lord, we thank You for Your word. You have created life and set limits on all. We thank You and praise You for our lives, for the blessings we receive from You. Give us peace and patience to understand Your word. We thank You for all we have learned. Open our eyes, release our Spirits to understand even but a fraction of Your mystery. Father we thank You. In Jesus’ name, Amen

We started at praise and as we understand more and have our hearts open to the mystery, there is need to praise God for the part He plays in our lives.

Once in sharing with a sister who was going through a challenging time job loss, school loans due, mortgage and more. I was moved to share and I share because many have problems that words cannot come close to describing. But, read on…
You are constantly in my thanksgiving, for we are asked to give thanks in all things, No matter what it seems or is; there is a way! Your path was determined when you were in your mothers womb. There are children who never are born for whatever reason. People who try and try. In your life, as you trust Him- God WILL be glorified through you and in you in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen

I share this because I encourage us all to share, pray for each other. You know what A prayer group is a wonderful thing. Find another believer and start there. Things will start to ‘gel’, pray, share, encourage, enlighten- Be blessed.

I am drawn to think of when the Apostles went out to witness, things happened. When Paul was speaking a young man fell asleep (it was late), let us read:

On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.
Acts 20:7-12

So many ways God is magnified. A ‘revival’ may take a while; what needs to be shared, needs to be shared. In this case Paul was leaving in the morning so even he went without sleep. The poor young man! But, he was blessed…a thir story window? Even in this day and age we could imagine the EMS, the ambulances, cop cars. But Paul threw himself on the lad. Sometimes, even we are moved to do things that don’t make ‘sense’. Think of it; a young man fell from the third story and was picked up dead. Hard to say but he must have asked the body to be placed down and he fell on it! Alleluia, a testimony! Hadn’t the body had enough ‘falling’? But, God was magnified! I guess there was no more sitting on windows or sills! Alleluia!

This moves us right into faith. Why would you be praise-licioisly rejoicing if you didn’t have faith? Let me be stubborn; is there a God? We have seen His work, it gives our potential ‘disbelief’ or lack of ‘faith’ a step back. Many chalk it up to ‘luck’. Let me ask “Is there really that much in this world?” Let’s just think on it. Believers, unbelievers God Loves you all. I can’t say ‘equally’ because in the case of Job, God spoke highly of him at the meeting of the Angels who came to present themselves to Him.
One day the angelsa came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satanb also came with them. Job 1:6

A topic we haven’t touched on is the care and Love Job had as a father for his children. They would celebrate and on bit their sisters, Job would call them and sacrifice on their behalf in case they had sinned or spoken against God.
And we read: “His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.”
Job 1:4,5

We see a man that was totally dedicated to The Lord. We might have missed this in the hullabaloo of his loss, when the children had gone to celebrate and the house collapsed killing them all.
“…another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you.”
Job 1:18b-19

Not only did he lose all he cared for. But we see exactly what transpired “In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”
Job 1:22
Next, his health was taken, his children, his goods. Even his companions came to sit with him when he had a grievous illness and his suffering was so great, the sat silently with him, not uttering a word.
When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.
Job 2:12,13

We see how bad his affliction was. His friends from a distance could not recognize him. Things were horrific in his existence, but still he held on. We can shred the whole book, but the point is made. God allowed him to be tested and he was. The one thing God had said to Satan was that he could nor kill him and all was done to him to take him to the precipice of death. But Job held on.

One thing is that Job had not seen God. Isn’t it impressive that the man who saw God (from the rear, to preserve his life) did things that spoke about how ‘different’ they were. We had just said that you are known before you come into the world. Moses Mother kept him, did not want her son murdered. But kept him till she could so so no longer. Knew where the Egyptian female royalty would bathe and placed him in a wicker basket with tar and set his sister to keep watch. The reason we are stating this is Moses was born to fulfill His-story. The Isrealites had it hard and prayed for an ‘out’. God heard and knew and set things on motion. Many a time we are impatient, when we pray sincerely God hears us and things are set in motion.

Published by Fellowship of Praise: ALL praise to God our Reason, Hallelujah!!!

To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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