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.
Enjoy!
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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Praising God

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

The   words humble and humility are very com­monly misunderstood. In religion   today, they are taken to mean a state of self-deprecation, self-degradation  and not realizing your own worth. Bible humility is not making yourself into  nothing, it is realizing that without God you cannot be everything you are meant to be.
 
Humility in Christ is recognizing that your sufficiency is not in yourself but in the   One who made you and knows everything about you. True worshippers are humble   people because to genuflect and worship something or   someone you MUST acknowledge the fact that, that thing or being is of a   higher status than you are.
 
As Christians we are also warned about   the dangers of pride. All our accomplishments, knowledge, spiri­tuality, etc are nothing before the King of your life who gave you the very breath that you take.

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