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The LORD?! HALLELUJAH!!! Testimonies reign in our lives! Every minute is a testimony! We serve a SUPREME Being!
Want to be blessed?
Worship God! He inhabits the praises of His people.
“But Thou art holy, O Thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”
It is a question I have wondered about for years. Does God really need our worship? Or is it that we need to worship God, meaning it’s for our benefit?
I think it is the latter and there is a verse that provides a hint to why we need to worship God.
The Psalmist writes:
Yet You are holy,
O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:3 NASV)
This verse tells us that God is enthroned in our praises. Other translations state that God “inhabits” the praise of His people.
The Hebrew word “ysb” translated “enthroned” by the New American Standard Bible means to sit and remain sitting, to inhabit and to dwell. It implies the idea of ownership and control.
We see the word used as Abraham and Lot dwelt (ysb) in the land (Genesis 13:6, 7, 12) and because of their growing size they were in conflict because both were trying to inhabit and control the same land and there was only room for one.
But “ysb” also means enthroned and speaks of authority as kings sit on their thrones (Psalm 122:5) and judges preside over court cases (Psalm 9:8). And along this line, the word describes God sitting on a throne being carried by Cherubs (Psalm 99:1):
16 “O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, who is enthroned (ysb) above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. (Isaiah 37:16 NASV)
So what does it mean that God is enthroned in our praises?
The Bible states that God is Lord of Lord, King of Kings. He is supreme in all the universe, but we need to understand this in the light of the fact that Satan is also the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4).
When Satan tempted Christ in the wilderness, he offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world for a moment of worship. In this instance Satan was trying to establish his authority over Christ through an act of worship.
When making this offer Satan said the kingdoms had been handed over to him (Luke 4:6), a fact that Jesus never challenged.
At one point, man chose Satan as their god instead of Jehovah, giving Satan authority over the earth. This was a critical time in world history and I believe we have a record of when this took place:
3 My spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years. (Genesis 6:3 NASV)
In response to the “sons of God” marrying the “daughters of men,” God decided He would no longer strive with man. The word strive (Hebrew “diyn”) is found 23 times in the Old Testament and means to rule or govern. Each time, except in this instance, it describes government — legislative (passing laws or legislation), judicial (enforcing laws) or executive (administering laws) — see: Genesis 49:16, Proverbs 31:9, Genesis 15:14.
So Genesis 6:3 needs to be interpreted in the same sense. This was the moment that God stopped governing men. At this point Satan and his minions moved in taking control of earth.
Does God need our praise?
I’ll praise God, but does He need my praise? Does He have any needs at all? The Bible is very clear when it presents God as perfect and without any needs! Acts 17:24-25 says, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.”
So why do we praise Him if He doesn’t need it? Doesn’t He have angels to worship Him?
• God delights in the praise of His creation! Psalm 149:3-4 says, “Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp. For the LORD takes delight in his people…”
• When we praise, we are being obedient to God. Psalm 150:2says, “Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.”
• Praise helps us see and understand God in a deeper way! We take our eyes off of our circumstances and put them on the Creator of all things! Psalm 150:1-2 says, “Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.”
• Praise puts the credit where it belongs. When we fail to praise, we often take the credit instead of giving that credit back to the true Source of all blessings. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
• Worship brings peace. Fear can not survive in praise and worship! We remember that we are God’s child and He is in ultimate control of our lives! 2 Corinthians 1:3says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort…”
I pray that you can echo Psalm 71:14,
which says, “But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.” Is that your desire? Do you want to always praise God more and more?
To live in praise, cloaked with the knowledge of The Father; you cannot but miss the joy that emanates from the Throne!
Busy? Praise The LORD.
Working? Praise The Lord with your thoughts, actions, movements…your tasks!
Remember: Give thanks in ALL things! Praise God with your actions, your words, your being, your essence.
Each breath should be in praise! Complex!
Why do we breathe?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? – Matthew 6:26
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:4-9
The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. – Psalm 29:11
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. – Psalm 150:6
The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14
That is breath, the ESSENTIAL to life!
Not breathing? Gone! In a state where breath is not needed.
There have been many arguments/discussions re: the ability to ‘feel’ after death!
Are there memories?
Joy at being Home?
Regrets for what we could have done? Decisions? Occurences?
This means that there ARE feelings. In answer, I simply state that IF there is an Essence that created ALL, His or It’s Presence is where we want to be.
Think! Jesus is defined as THE Light of the world!
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify Your Father in heaven.
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
In the absence of light? Darkness!
Darkness, the polar opposite to brightness, is understood as a lack of illumination or an absence of visible light. Human vision is unable to distinguish color in conditions of either high brightness or high darkness.
Darkness is the absence of light.
Yes. This is absolutely correct. Darkness is nothing but an abstract concept of inexistence. We do not experience darkness when there is light.
Situation 2: Light is the absence of darkness.
No. Light cannot be termed as an inexistent element. The main reason behind it is that it can be percieved by it’s luminosity and it’s heat emiting property. It can be viewed and also touched. Hold a burning charcoal and you’ll feel it. Whereas darkness is an abstract concept which can be included in the ‘inexistent’ table.
Question: What is darknes then? The absence of ‘light’s generic totality’ or it’s ‘generic property of characteristic dintinction’?
Answer: Light’s generic totality is it’s presence everywhere in form of photons and waves. There isn’t a place where photos, light particles don’t exist. If we say the absence of light’s generic totality is darkness, then we couldn’t experience darkness even though it is quite dark due to the existence small particles of light.
If we say that darkness is the absence of light’s generic property of characteristic dintinction, then we will have to experience darkness even in daylight. Light’s generic property of characteristic dintinction is it’s presence in different sources differently. For eg. The sun’s light is different than regular flame-light. It’s properties and characteristics are different. The radiations are different. So, the flame’s light is inexistent in the sun. Therefore we should experience darkness in broad daylight as well.
But none of it happens. So we can’t say either.
Question: So how do we define darkness?
Answer: Darkness in the absence of ‘unique light’. This unique light can be defined as ‘a special quantity of light, which is prominent and unobstructed’. The absence of such light is darkness.
1. Special: – The adjective special is required as darkness can’t be experienced by only having photons around. There has to be a special source for the naked eye to experience. This special denotes that only a light source which can be experienced by the naked and working eye is valid, not photons or an eye of a blind person. The meaning of special is a connection between the regular eye with the light source in the particular surrounding.
2. Quantity: – This adjective is for it’s prominance. It should be a collection of light emiting particles for it to be experienced. The quantity need not be so high as in the daylight. Even a small candle in a dense dark room is enough. Or else one may argue that even owls and bats can see in the dark. There should be a quantity which is bigger than protons. That’s it.
3. Prominence: It should be produced and percievable. This means that even a blind person has a part of light present in his sense organ. Why isn’t he able to look at things? It’s because the light in his eye isn’t prominent, it’s dull. This is the reason we say that ‘it’s dark’ even in the presence of moonlight.
No obstruction: It’s daylight but my room is dark. It’s because I’ve closed all doors and windows. There shouldn’t be any obstruction between the light source and the eye. That is the connection should be intact.
Therefore it can be implied that ‘darkness is the absence of a special quantity of prominent and unobstructed light.’
But, knowledge exists, just as feelings and memories.
Right quick, we review The Word!
The Rich Man and Lazarus:
“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
“The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
“But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
“He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
“Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
“‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
“He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
Luke 16:19-31 (NIV)
This was a parable told by Jesus, Amen
1. A simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.
“the parable of the blind men and the elephant”
synonyms: allegory, moral story, moral tale, fable, lesson, exemplum;
“the parable of the prodigal son”