PUTTING GOD FIRST

The following is an excerpt from my first book, His Delight. To get a copy, click the link below.
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(Exodus 20:3) You shall have no other gods before me.

What does this mean? It means regarding God more highly than you regard anyone or anything else: family, career, money, possessions, and friends. It means that if it came to deciding which path to follow, the answer would be to follow God every time. Anyone or anything that you place above God automatically takes on the “god” role in your life. You cannot truly worship God or glorify Him when you have an “idol” in your life taking God’s rightful place.
Ask yourself these questions: Would I rather follow God’s commandment not to steal or help myself to the company’s money? Would I rather consistently watch television than consistently fellowship with God? Would I take a job that would compromise my Godly principles? There are probably countless ques- tions such as these that we could ask ourselves.

Consistently putting God first is not easy, neither is it something that you can ever be done with. As long as we are on earth, there will always be the temptation to give God a backseat in our lives. However, as Christians, we have to constantly make the effort to put Him first in our day to day lives; not just on Sunday mornings. As we consciously do this, we will find it easier to get into deeper levels of worship.

DOXOLOGY
Jehovah God, jealous God who will share glory with no other,
I bow before you in reverence of your Holy Name.
Exalted One, you are number one,
no one and no possession can ever take your place in my life.
Who is like you Lord?
There is none before you, none after You,
You are the Alpha and Omega,
the Beginning and the End,
the First and the Last.
I fear you Lord,
I honor You,
I revere You,
Most High;
King above kings,
God above gods.
You are God.

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Expect Opposition

The following is an excerpt from His Delight: 31 days of Praise and Worship

If you are going to do anything worthwhile for God, including worshipping and living a life of worship, it is pertinent to realize that the devil is going to fight you tooth and nail to keep you from doing so. The Bible says we are not to be ignorant of the wiles of the enemy. I am not one of those people who see a demon lurking behind every shrub, but neither am I blasé about the fact that the devil does not want me praising God because the more I praise Him, the less the devil’s works are able to affect me.
One of the things the devil does is to try to make you forget whatever new things you learn about God. You need to make it a point to keep your focus on God’s Word by making an effort to stay in prayer and the Word daily. Another tactic of his is to discourage you by making you feel you can never attain heights of worship and that you will always be mediocre.To this the Bible says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Another trick that works very well against believers is being too busy. You may even be busy doing “church things”, at the expense of seeking the real thing, the kingdom of God! Re- member, do not get so focused on working for God that you forget God Himself.Please do not get too busy to spend time with God. Make it a priority. Above all else remember to rely on God. You have the victory that overcomes, which is your faith. God is there to help you, if you try to get ahead in the area of worship and you do not succeed at first, do not give up. You will only make your adversary happy by giving up.

DOXOLOGY

I will live for You Lord.
I will live the life of worship that You want me to live.
Divine Enabler, my heart is always towards You, to love You, obey You and consistently worship You.
Your power is greater than what the adversary may bring.
Your love is all encompassing, bringing me closer to You.
I have faith in You, faithful one.
I choose to serve You faithfully and I will resist and denounce the enemy.
Restorer, Rewarder, God of manifold blessing –
I will live for You.

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Ways to Praise

(Hebrews 13:15) Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.

There are many ways of expressing praise to God. Here is a list that is not exhaustive but it lists some biblical ways of praising God.
Some of these have already been dealt with in detail in previous chapters.

1. Singing: When we talk about praise and worship,this is what usually comes to mind (Psalm47:6).

2. Clapping: You can clap in praise to God with or without music or singing (Psalm 47:1).

3. Shouting: Shouting in praise is scriptural too! In Hebrew this is called “Shabach” (Zephaniah 3:14). The Hebrew word “Tehillah” is a word which de- notes a combination of shouting, singing, clapping and rejoicing.

4. Playing instruments: You can play an instrument to praise God. The Hebrew word for this is “Zamar” (Psalm 150).

5. Dancing: This is addressed in a previous chapter. It is called “Hallel” in Hebrew and dancing does not always have to be to music or a beat.You can praise God in a dance all on its own.

6. Tongues: It is scriptural, hence spiritual to praise God in other tongues. You can sing in tongues
also (1 Corinthians 14:15).

7. Lifting hands: Called “Yadah” in Hebrew. This is lifting your hands in submission and reverence toGod (Psalm 134:2).

8. Bowing down: To bow down and worship God isto express awe at His majesty. This is “Barouch” in Hebrew (Psalm 95:6).

9. Solemn silence: There are times to be quiet in God’s presence and honor Him with solemn silence. It is during these times that God speaks to you. While praise and worship is usually an out-ward expression of your love for God, there are times when God wants you to be quiet and just bask in His presence (Psalm 46:10).

SCRIPTUE READING: Psalm 138

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It’s Not About You

Here is an excerpt from His Delight 31 days of Praise and Worship.
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There is a popular Christian chorus that starts with the words, “I forget about myself and concentrate on you to worship you”. Worship is about you presenting your life as a living sacrifice to Him. Often,I have heard Christians say things like, “I did not really enjoy the praise songs today” or, “I did not ‘flow’ with the worship songs”; or even “I do not like the worship leader”! Guess what?

Worship is not for you to enjoy, it is for God to enjoy. It is never about the song, it is about what is in your heart. It is not about the instruments (or lack of thereof) or the musical technology or your favorite worship leader.

It is however, about adoring God, with your words, in your singing, in your dancing, in your attitude and in your life. As the aforementioned song says, forget about you because it is not about you.
Let God Himself be the focus of your praise and worship, so that whatever the circumstances, you are worshipping God and not indulging in a feel-good emotional session.

DOXOLOGY

It’s all about You Lord.
My praise and worship is all about You.
You reign and rule on high in splendor, in righteousness, in glory, in power, in mercy, in judgment and in love.
I exalt You Lord above everything vying for my attention.
You are worthy of the highest place.
Take all my praise today, El-Elyon-Most High God; the One who is there and ever faithful.
Jehovah Shamma.
I worship and adore You Holy One of Israel because it is all about You!

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Praising God- The attitude of the heart

The following is an excerpt from His Delight: 31 Days of Praise and Worship.

Do you think of God as a mean judge? Do you think of Him as some unpredictable, whimsical being? Or is He to you like Santa Claus: giving you everything you want as long as you are a good boy or girl? God is good and worthy to be praised and worshipped. He gave us life and all the good things that we have. A constant appreciation of His goodness is the attitude of a true worshipper.

A person who would seek to truly worship God realizes that God is Sovereign and perfect and God all by Himself. He does not need any validation from man to be God. Lack of belief in Him does not take away from His deity, and He does not have to do anything for us and yet, He does. For these reasons, we should be ready to thank and praise Him for the little things, even as we trust Him for bigger things.

David was called a man after God’s heart because even though he was weak and imperfect, his attitude towards God was one of reverence and humility. So, as you meditate on the goodness of God, let the attitude of your heart be one of reverence, awe, gratefulness and faith because out of this will flow sincere praise to God.

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His Delight(Praising Him)

The following is another excerpt from His Delight. It is a doxology, which is a prayer of praise. Be blessed!

Father of Lights in whom there is no variation or shadow of turning, hallowed be Your Name. How great You are Lord.
You blot out sins and never remember them again. Thank you merciful King for I know there is no sin too big for you to forgive.
Cleanser and Restorer, Baptizer in the Holy Ghost; the One who saves and saves completely.
Thank You Jesus who gave all to save me, there is nothing, no one, who can compare to you.
I love you
Praise to You Lord!

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My Life Sucks!

The following is an excerpt from my book His Delight:31 days of Praise and Worship.

You  may be reading this and thinking, my life is a mess, I have nothing to praise   God for. Let me challenge you: you do have something to praise God for and it   is just human nature to focus on all that is going   wrong instead of even a few things that are going right. When I am in the  dumps, I try to remember the smallest good thing that I have.

 
If you are reading this, praise God for   your eyesight. If it is being read to you, thank God   that you can hear.
If you are in the hospital, thank God   that you are con­scious enough to read. If your marriage   is in trouble, praise God that you even have a spouse.
 
If you are divorced, thank God that you will get a second chance. If you are a busy mother, praise God that   you have children. If you have a home to live in, thank God for it. If you   have a job, thank God for the opportunity to work.
If you are a pastor, praise God for the   call on your life. If you were robbed, thank God   that your life was spared. If you are bereaved or grieving, give God praise   for the life that your loved one had and thank God for His comfort. My point   is, if you look hard enough you will find something praiseworthy in your life and something to give thanks to God for.
 
In praising Him through the challenges,   struggles and pressures of life, you will find that God will bring you to a   place of peace and comfort. Apart from that, He will give you wisdom and   provide you with solutions that can only be found in   His presence. Praise Him in spite of your troubles.
 
SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 103
 

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