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ENDING THE YEAR WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

It’s fitting that the One Year Bible readings for today—the last day of the year—conclude the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. And those conclusions carry lasting truth.

The Old Testament concludes with the promise of restoration: God will purify and restore His people—Israel—turning their hearts to Him, despite their sinful failure to follow Him, because, in His unchanging faithfulness, God doesn’t break His promises.

The New Testament concludes with the reality of restoration: God has purified and restored His people—all believers, not just Israel—in keeping with His promises.

The Book of Psalms concludes with the fitting exhortation for all people to praise God, for He is worthy of praise for his “mighty works” and his “unequaled greatness” (NLT).

The Book of Proverbs concludes with the message that the one who fears the Lord (that is, regarding God with reverential awe, and earnestly seeking to obey Him) is the one who is praiseworthy.

So as this year comes to an end, may we have an attitude of fearing the Lord and praising Him for Who He is and what He’s done, confident of His faithfulness in purifying us and turning our hearts to Him.

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THE JOY AND PLEASURE OF WORSHIP

Psalm 147:1    Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our GOD; for it is pleasant; and praise is appropriate.

We have a command from the LORD . Praise ye the LORD. Why do we praise the LORD? Please consider the mercy and love of GOD. We stood condemned before GOD. We were guilty of breaking GOD'S moral law. We had no hope. We were hopeless. We were without strength, lost, spiritually blind, alienated from GOD, enemies of GOD, in a far country, spiritually naked with no covering for our sin.

Ephesians 2: 4-7 reads "But GOD who is rich in mercy, for His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in sins hath made us alive together with Christ, by grace you are saved; and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus."

Why do we praise Him? He is worthy. He has redeemed  us. He has rescued us. He has forgiven us. He has covered us with His righteousness. We belong to Him. We have a future and a hope. We sing praises to Him because  it is good to sing praises to our GOD. It is pleasant to sing praises to GOD. Why? because He is our GOD. We are His people. Praise is appropriate.

Singing praise to GOD brings honor and glory to our Father and our GOD. Singing praise to GOD brings joy to the heart of the child of GOD. Nothing is more meaningful to a true child of GOD than to sing and give praise to our GOD. It reminds us of His greatness and what He has done for us. I am reminded of the praise hymn that says " praise Him, praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him at noon time, praise Him, praise Him, praise Him when the sun goes down. Psalm 150:6 says "Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

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