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. 

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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.

Habakkuk 3:27-18 Joyful In God No Matter What Is Happening

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18

After Habakkuk has several questions of complaint to God and he hears God’s answers, he comes to the conclusion to rejoice in God. Despite the fact that the nation is being overrun, people are dying, crops and cattle are being destroyed, he finds joy in God.

Life as a human being can be very challenging at times. There are times when it seems that everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. It also appears for some that the time of going wrong never seems to come to an end. Multiple problems keep rising faster than any are being solved.

During these times, some believers may feel as though God has left them. They become depressed and frustrated that God is allowing all those “bad” things to happen. They feel as if there is no hope left in this life.

While many may feel this way, it is not the truth. God is still in control and is orchestrating everything that is occurring for a reason.

Just as Habakkuk turned his eyes towards the Lord, so you must turn your eyes upon Jesus. You must look to Him for strength in the hard times. In light of eternity and the salvation Jesus will provide, having no food, no job, and no way to provide for yourself is very minor problem. Food for your soul is more important than food for your body. Having a great job and security is not as important as having your soul made right with God.

It is great to have things in this life, but they can also get in the way between you and God. Find your joy in God. He is the only one who will last for all eternity and will never leave you. When things are going bad, find joy in the hope Jesus provides.

Rejoice in the salvation Jesus is giving you. Rejoice in the love God has shown you. Let your heart sing for joy in the Lord as the world tries to tear you down.

I pray today that you will know the joy of the Lord in your life; that you will know the joy of the salvation God provides; that you will rejoice in God’s provision for your life; and that you will only look to God for your joy and provision.

Hosea 14:2 Seek God’s Forgiveness

Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.” Hosea 14:2

Despite Israel prostituting themselves against God, rejecting Him and following false gods and idols, Hosea puts out a plea for them to go before God and ask for forgiveness. As they are to go, they are told to bring words with them to be able to offer the fruit of their lips.

In this world it is easy for a person to fall away from God. For just a few hours, may twice a week, a person is around many other believers. The rest of the time, most people are in this world among many more non-believers, or those who claim to believe, but do not live the life of a believer.

Most believers, do not completely walk away from God and totally reject Him, however, many do step away for a time to follow some sin. There are some that feel once they have done this multiple times, that God will reject them and that there is no longer any hope for them.

People of this world will forgive to a point, but if a person continues to do wrong, most will give up on that person forever. God does not work in the same way. He is waiting there for every person to come and seek forgiveness. God wants to forgive every person. It is what His heart is longing for. He thrives on forgiving and giving live.

No matter what you have done, no matter how bad it is, God is always waiting right there to forgive you. In order for Him to forgive you, you must ask for it. You must go before Him, repent of the sin and ask Him to forgive you.

Once God has forgiven you of any sin, you must offer the fruit of your lips. This is offering Him thanks, praise and worship. Give Him the honor and glory that is due Him. He did not have to forgive you. He had the right to destroy you, but He didn’t. Give Him praise with your lips. Praise Him directly and tell everyone what God has done for you and what He can do for them.

Return to God today.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will return to Jesus; that you will seek forgiveness from God; that you will accept His forgiveness; and that you will give God praise all the time.