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Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Let us all make a joyful noise for the Lord and all his goodness. Let us celebrate the years to date he has given us. When we forget to give thanks to the Lord for the goodness we receive, it is easy to become complacent. Throughout the Bible, as well as much celebration, we have many people who desired greatly to worship God. Countless close calls and many who crossed the finish line in flying colours.
The book of Psalms in my view is a book of celebration. A celebration by many people who had the mind to testify of goodness from above. God does so much to help us in life, he does so much, we find ourselves talking about him often. To have something so good and to not share it is abnormal. When we just find something new, we can’t wait to tell people (calling friends and family soon). Let us remember that the noise we make for Christ, shouldn’t be ordinary, for he wasn’t neither was what he did for/to you.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Why would we ever come to God less than happy with him? We may find ourselves venting to God about past issues but its ok, he knows!
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
We didn’t arrive here by ourselves, neither did we create ourselves. Everything we have, has been given to us one way or another. Let us acknowledge the fact God is all-powerful and has the ability to change us at ease. Whether we say we want to praise God for what he does in our lives, let us at least praise him for what he done before we even knew anything. We are the sheep of his pasture, he is the great shepherd.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
I remind myself of the question wrote in of my books, if you willingly fight against God, doesn’t that mean he’s real? If you know he’s real why not worship?
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Everyday should be celebrate day with God, for he is the King and the redeemer.
This month was actually interesting as pursuit cropped up in several different places in my life. Ironically, I watched the film the pursuit of happiness and whilst watching, it made me learn some new things about pursuit. I see so much, how before the great pursuit starts, or before the great success in your pursuit starts, you find yourself in some very hard times. These times may be some of the hardest and murkiest times of your life. Speaking to someone about pursuit a few days ago, they began to indicate how they are so close to success in life but it seems as if so much hardship is coming prior to success. I merely stated to them that life is transition or motion. To go so deep into the mire, when you return to the water, you must first travel back through all the dirt to get to the cleanliness.
The example of Jacob springs to mind. Jacob left home after duping his brother. He then had to grind out hard work for a number of years. While Jacob worked, he acquired much. One of the last things he received from Laban, was what he initially wanted (Rachel). When Jacob left, he obtained much cattle. Laban was after him and he thought it would be hard. After this, Esau is headed in his direction. Jacob is covered with fear and seeking God for answers. God assures him…Jacob left and was returning back to his home. This was a journey from one place, back to the starting point and then beyond. Jacob went through much strife to get to the man that would be called Israel. Even into parenthood and old age. Jacob thought he lost sons, only to regain him and much more years later.
Things look bad in life at times and what we have to do is take one more step.
This month’s blog chain topic for Christian writers is the number nine, I am choosing this opportunity and will discuss several different ways to draw closer to the king. There are many ways which I could discuss but I will choose a selected few and discuss briefly.
The first way I want to look into is prayer, to be prayerful is a clear way to move closer to God. The Bible says in Psalms that if we call on God in the troublesome times, then we will glorify him after he has delivered us. When captured by the town authorities in Philippi (Acts 16), at midnight Paul and Silas prayed to the king of heavens and rejoiced. This was a time when God’s followers needed help and may have been weary. I have learned that in times of need are somewhat the best times to worship God.
Secondly, fellowship is vital for growth in God. Hebrews 10:25 says we shouldn’t forsake the assembling of the brethren, this means we should be joyful and not shun meeting with likeminded believers. In the times of Acts, disciples loved to be with each other. In the book of Acts there was a specific time when they met together on the first day of the week and broke break. Now you don’t have to meet up on Sunday and you don’t even need to break bread but this is a clear example of a group who were willing and joyous to celebrate together.
The third example I want to discuss is worship, with no real specific example in mind, I highlight how many people offered up sacrifices in the Old Testament as an offering to the Lord. This was a sign of worship and humbleness. Abel was accepted because he was willing to worship the way God desired, Cain was only willing to show his worship through his own ways. What we do is vital to whether or not God accepts our worship, in Isaiah 1:11-15 shows us that we may be in motion of worship but God is not willing to accept it. One thing I have recently learned is that God does not need to accept our worship. The two examples above show us this truth and we must be mindful.
Studying is the next useful technique, Paul told Timothy to study to show himself approved (2 Timothy 2:15). The importance of study is vital in our salvation, I have seen so many people experience God’s goodness for them to walk away due to a lack of study. When people who oppose Christ question you, they invoke doubt if you have no knowledge. When someone imposes their belief in a calculated way you are vulnerable to being deceived. This is why Jesus told us to be watchful and beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15).
Waiting is also essential, whether this be for rebuke or praise. The example I love so much in regards to waiting, is the prophet Habakkuk (Habakkuk 2:1-3). The way in which Habakkuk was diligent to wait for his maker can show us how important waiting on God really is. . He knew that he was being reproved but still decided to show the right mentality. Many people can’t wait for God and choose to make rash decisions in life. To wait on God is essential. Psalms 37:7 teaches us to be patient and wait on the Lord. We should rest in him the Word says, to be a waiter is good at times.
To testify to others is more than we think it is. We give others wisdom which we have experienced so they do not need to make similar mistakes we did, we also make them better, earlier. One reason I feel Paul was chosen to be an apostle was the impact he could have through testimony. Being able to say you have killed a man, or woman or child, and then to say I’ve been reformed shows real ample example. To know someone can come back from that lifestyle shows the power of God and that we can change too.
The Bible says in Hebrews 11 (6) that Faith is what God looks for in us and that we should believe he is who he said he is and that he is rewarder of the diligent kingdom seekers. Believing in what you do towards God draws us closer to him, if we just go through the motions as you would have it, eventually we will realise that we are stagnant and have no real relationship. I was talking to someone recently and telling them how I believe in God unconditionally, no reason can startle me, money or success or not enough to sway me from my walk. Be a believer in what you’re doing not a faker.
To act is one of the most important components of growing closer. In James it says draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you. Action is how we draw closer, by doing things which move us closer to him and then God reacts and responds to this.
To be a guide is something we see throughout the Bible. God always wants us to have guides who can lead us and this is why God raises up people to lead his people. Paul said follow after him as he followed after Christ. Jesus wanted us to follow the Father by believing in his name, we must be guides for children, siblings and others in the world.
I want you to add one more, I want to allow you, the reader to choose something significant to you and post a comment with what you feel is important.