Numbers 10:10 Make Your Rejoicing Heard

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Also at your times of rejoicing–your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts–you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the LORD your God. Numbers 10:10

The world knows how to make their rejoicing about something good known to the rest of the world. Watch when their favorite football team wins the winning goal at a major game. The fans go crazy with shouting and jumping around. Social media is blown up with the news of what happened. It is no secret what happened or what is going on.

This not only happens with sports fans, but with many other major events in life. Great news is passed on very quickly with a loud noise.

God had told the Israelites that when they were rejoicing at one of the various set festivals, they were to blow the trumpets. The trumpet is a very loud sounding instrument that can be heard from a long ways off. This was done with not just one trumpet, but many trumpets, increasing the noise level.

The noise of the trumpets would be heard far from the campsite. The enemy would be able to hear it. The world would know that something is happening.

In the church, there are some people who are very quiet about the good things God is doing in their life. They do celebrate what God is doing, but under hushed tones, not broadcasting the good news.

This is often done out of fear of offending someone or disturbing someone else. They do not want to rock the boat at all.

Yet, the joy of what God is doing or has done should overwhelm a person to the point of wanting to tell the world about it. This news can be just a simple healing, to major touch or move from God.

When you are rejoicing over what God has done in your life, make some noise. Let others know what God has done and is doing. This can be an encouragement to other believers and it can be a witness to the world of who God is.

Do not let your rejoicing be done in secret only, under your breath. Blow the trumpet and let everyone know. God is lifted up by your praise. Do not be ashamed to rejoice out loud as you remember God’s work in your life.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will rejoice in the Lord for His mighty works; that you will let the world know what God is doing; and that you will encourage others with what God has done. 

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Leviticus 23:34-35 Celebrate What God Has Done

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The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work.” Leviticus 23:34-35

Celebrations is something that people do all over the world. There are hundreds, even thousands of different reasons to celebrate. These can be from someone’s birthday all the way up to world events being celebrated.

As a celebration is going on, people are excited and happy. They rejoice over something that had happened in the past as they remember what occurred, the reason for the celebration. Their focus is on the previous event. For many different types of celebrations there is a day of no work, it gives rest from the work day and allows a person to focus on the celebration.

While the Israelites were in the wilderness, God set up a regular, annual celebration to be done. It was called the Festival of Tabernacles. This celebration was to remember that they had traveled around the wilderness for forty years in tents. At the end of that time, God brought them out of the tents and gave them their own towns and homes. During this celebration, no work was to be done, the entire focus was upon celebrating what God has done.

Today Israelites still celebrate that festival, only it is now called Sukkot.

Although Christian believers do not celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles, they can celebrate where God has taken them from. Every believer lived in captivity of Egypt at some point in their life. As they were removed from Egypt, they may have gone through a wilderness for a time. Today they can celebrate what God has brought them through.

Every believer needs to stop working and remember what God has done in his life. They are to give God praise and celebrate God’s great work in their lives.

Take a moment to remember where God has brought you from. Think about what God has brought you through. Think about how God has provided for you.

Now take time to celebrate these things. If you can remember the day or even the month these things occurred, set those days aside to celebrate and remember as you give God thanks.

Do not let these events just become some event that happened in the past with no purpose. Celebrate God’s work!

I pray today that you will see what God has done in your life; that you will give God praise for what He has done for you; that you will praise God for His provision over the years of your life; and that you will regularly celebrate God’s work in your life.

Exodus 15:2 Strength And Defense

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“The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:2

Finding strength is something that a lot of people are searching for. They want the strength to make it through a difficult time. Many will look to things or methods to build up their physical strength. Energy drinks are commonly drank to help keep a person running for extreme amounts of time. Others will find strength in the encouragement given by friends and family, or in the hope of some promotion or recognition. While these may boost the strength for a moment, they are temporary and often will fail in the end.

Along with searching for strength, people will look for a defense. They want to be defended for their actions. The want to be protected because of their actions. People want to feel as though all of their actions were correct and be protected from the enemy by their own power.

As the Israelites were traveling out of Egypt, they were trapped between Pharaoh’s armies and the Red Sea. God in His power and strength parted the waters of the sea and allowed them to cross on dry ground. After the crossing, He put the waters back and destroyed the armies of Pharaoh.

Once they crossed the people started praising God and recognizing that He was their strength and defense. God was the one who had saved them. It was not by their own powers or abilities.

There are many in the church who are looking for strength and a defense. Often they are like the world and seeking people or things to help them. They choose not to look to God who is the only one who can truly be their strength and defense.

You may be stuck between the enemy and a sea. It looks like an impossible situation. Look to God for the strength to keep moving forward. God brought you to that spot and He will bring you out of or through that situation. He has the strength that you need to overcome the enemy and situation.

Jesus is there to defend you against the lies and attacks of the enemy. He stands before God interceding for  you daily.

Give God praise for being you strength and defense. He will provide the salvation you need. You or no one or anything else can do it for you.

I pray today that you will know the strength of God; that you will see God’s defense for you; that you will trust in God’s abilities to save you; and that you will give God all the praise for what He does for you.

 

Revelation 19:5 Praise Our God

 

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Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!” Revelation 19:5

Praise is the giving an approval or admiration of to someone or something. It is something that people do all the time, though not always called praise. People praise others for their great work being done or success that they had. People praise an object that they really love and tell everyone about it. They praise their favorite restaurant or football team or college.

There is no one or anything that every person will praise at the same time. While one will praise a certain football team, another will despise it and praise another team. Praise is often given on the basis of one’s experience with the object or person. One person may have a great experience, while another may not have a good experience.

Believers in Jesus are told to praise God from the beginning of the Bible to the very end. In these final verses of the last book of the bible, every servant is called to praise God.

Every person that believes in Jesus has good reason to praise God, if for nothing else, than that they were saved from their sins. However, there are many reasons to praise God. Looking at the beauty in nature in this world is enough to praise God. He did a great job at designing this world and the skies.

The miracle of life and the design of the body is worthy of praise. The fact that God is in control of every situation is worthy of praise. And the list of why a person needs to praise God goes on.

There is also a great number of ways a person can praise God. Praising God does not have to be just inside a church building during a worship service. It can be a life of praise.

Praise is done when a person tells others about Jesus. Praise occurs when things are done for Him. Praise is done when you tell Him how great He is in your own words. You can praise Him by showing His love to others. You give Him praise when you turn from sin because of what Jesus has done for you.

When you think about how much God has done for you, you will not stop giving Him praise. Praise the Lord!

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will know reasons to praise God; that you will continually praise God; that your whole life will be one of praise to God; and that you will praise God to other people. 

Revelation 15:3 God’s Great Works

 

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and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.” Revelation 15:3

People and the world as a whole love to blame God for many things. They believe that God is not doing His job or is doing a bad job. When there is a sickness, death, or something goes ‘bad’, the first thing many people want to do is blame God.

All that people see in this world is the pain, suffering, and sin. They do not understand why God would allow such a bad thing, if He is such a loving and good God. A number of people have walked away from God, because of some trouble in their life. They think that God is a cruel and unjust God.

John was given a vision of people who had overcome Satan and was worshipping God. They acknowledged the great and wonderful works of God and how true and just His ways are.

When a person really looks at what God has done and is doing, all he can see is how great and marvelous His works really are. No person on this earth deserves to live, because of any one sin that they have done, and everyone has done many sins. Yet, God has provided a way to remove that sin and give them life.

God did this in a way that is fair and true for every person. No one is excluded. Every person can have eternal life.

He works in the lives of each and every individual person to bring them this eternal life. This alone is a great and marvelous work, that is true and just.

If God were to be just as the world sees it, there would not be one person left alive on this earth. Every person would have to be destroyed.

Moses and the Israelites saw the great deeds of God as they left Egypt. You must also see the great and marvelous works of God in your own life and in this world as you are traveling out of Egypt on the path to heaven.

Realize how much God has done for you and refuse to see things in a negative way. Notice that all that occurs in your life is for a purpose to bring you closer to God and make you more like Jesus. Give Him praise today.

I pray today that you will know the works of God in your life; that you will know how God is building you up; that you will know how great God is; and that you will see God’s ways are best and praise Him.

Luke 17:18 Return And Give God Praise

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“Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Luke 17:18

One day as Jesus was walking along, ten men with leprosy called out to Him for healing. Jesus healed all ten of the men and then told them to go and show themselves to the priests. As they went, one came back to Jesus and gave Him praise. Jesus wondered where the rest were and why only a foreigner would return to give praise.

When people have a need it is common for them to cry out to God for help. The need can be a financial, physical healing, protection, or any other need that they may have. People are quick to call out to God for help. This can even happen among non-believers at times.

People know that God can help them in a time of need and cry out for His mercy on them.

However, when God does answer their prayer and meets the need, the majority move on as though nothing happened. In fact, often people think that they got lucky or that they had solved the problem themselves. They do not give God the credit.

God is always answering prayers and meeting needs in the lives of every person, every day. Many people do not see those needs as being met by God, but by their own efforts or the efforts of others.

Every believer must be quick to realize what God has done or is doing in his life. When that is realized, he must be quick to return to God and give Him thanks and praise for meeting that need.

Each day that you go through the day and things went well for you, you must be willing to give God thanks and praise for it. When those little prayers that you pray to God for get met, stop and return to Him and give Him praise.

God never has to meet your needs, but He wants to meet your needs. He loves you. So keep your eyes open to the needs He is meeting. Once you recognize a need having been met, give Him the praise that is due to Him. God is worthy of all praise, and especially when He meets a need you have.

Do not be like the rest of the men and ignore the fact that God had met a need in your life.

I pray today that you will bring all your needs before God; that you will see when God meets your needs; that you will give praise to God for meeting your needs; and that you will tell others of God meeting your needs.