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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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WHY SHOULD WE TRUST GOD?

Psalm 118:8   "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man." 

The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119. The shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117. Located in Psalm 118 is verse 8 which is the very verse in the Bible that is the exact center of the Bible. This verse is the heart of the Bible. What can we learn from this verse which is the heart of the word of GOD? Put your confidence and faith in GOD. One might ask, why? The answer being that the only thing in this world that we can depend on is the faithfulness of the word of GOD. 

Men fail us. Human nature is fickle. People who are our friends many times turn against us. Money can take wings and fly away. Stock markets fall. Fortunes can be lost. Our health can take a turn for the worse. Jobs can be lost. Circumstances change. One cannot trust  governments, political leaders, or financial advisors. Computer hackers and con men are on every corner. Please do not put your confidence in man. 

In Hebrews 13:8 the Bible says "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever." He does not change. His message is true. The anchor is sure. We can have total confidence in the sure word of GOD. He has promised us that He will never leave us or forsake us but He will go with us even to the end of the world. I Corinthians 10:13 says "There hath no temptation taken you but such is common to man: but GOD is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above that which you are able; but will with the temptation make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it."   

We trust the LORD because He is faithful, full of mercy, forgiving, and because His word is true. The only thing that can truly be trusted is the word of GOD. Where is your confidence? What are you trusting in? I trust it is in the sure promises of the word of GOD. The Bible says "it is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man."

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