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Psalm 9: 1-2

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”

How much of your prayer life (assuming you have a prayer life) focuses on thanksgiving and praise verses bringing your requests to the Lord?

Recently, we did a study at our church on the Lord’s prayer where Jesus told us how to pray as those who have accepted Jesus as Leader and Forgiver in our lives.. As we looked at the formula modeled, we found there is an invitation to many different areas of prayer but it was the praise part that was not just modeled twice in that prayer but also the way the prayer started and closed.

In this psalm of David, he covers many things in his prayer but I will be focusing on the power and importance of praise.

Praise of God’s Deliverance (Don’t be short minded. Remember what God has already brought you through.)

Psalm 9: 3-6

“When my enemies turn back,  they stumble and perish before your presence.For you have maintained my just cause; you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.

You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish; you have blotted out their name forever and ever.The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins; their cities you rooted out the very memory of them has perished.”

Praise of God’s Righteous Judgement

Psalm 9: 7-8

“But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice,and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.”

Praise for Faithfulness in Caring for Us in Times of Trouble

Psalm 9: 9-10

“The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”

Praise for the Wonderful Things He Does in His Love for you

Psalm 9: 11-12

“Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds!For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.”

Praise for His Grace and Salvation

Psalm 9: 13-14

“Be gracious to me, O Lord! See my affliction from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gates of death,that I may recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion. I may rejoice in your salvation.”

God moves in so many areas of our lives yet the circumstances of this world seem to beg for our attention. It takes a conscious effort to decide to focus on the Truth instead of being swallowed up by the lies.

There are multiple reasons we should stop and worship God but one that should drive us to our knees the fastest is stated in verse 16 when David reminds us that “The Lord has made himself known“! He makes Himself known in your life but how heart crushing it must be to Him when we forget and continue to live in fear and stress. It has to be even more painful for Him than it is for us since we are designed to live in freedom through Christ.

Don’t forget that a life of thanksgiving is also part of your witness to the world! When we live as victims, it kills our testimony but when we focus on worship, verse 11 reminds us to “Tell among the peoples his deeds!“.

There continues to be struggle in this life and your Daddy wants to hear from you on your requests. However, don’t forget to wrap them in praise. He has done so much for us already! Stand on His firm foundation!

Psalm 9: 19-20

“Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail…  Let the nations know that they are but men!”

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A local church has some new billboards around our town that caught my eye today. It says “Attention Believers: 5 Lies You Should Know About the Bible”. Well, that certainly caught my attention. So when I got back to my office, I pulled up the website to see what all the fuss was about.

What I found causes me some concern. The “5 lies” suggest that most churches are lying to people in some big areas and while I agree that churches have some different views on different things, for the most part…. I find the post very misleading and painting a picture I do not recognize. I normally wouldn’t say anything but as a local pastor, I feel this can be damaging and throw some people off so I feel led to offer a different view-point.

With that said, I will just copy and paste the “lies” and offer some thoughts.
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This is the start of a new message series called “Jesus, Friend of Sinners” that goes through 2 Corinthians. This opening message talks about the importance of bringing 100% truth and 100% love into any relationship, conversation, and our outreach. Our pastor dives into the extremes of several of the sides of the “Chick-fil-a” debate which covers homosexuality and same gender marriage. His views tends to make those on the extreme views of both the GLBT community and conservative Christians frustrated at times so please bring a healthy dose of love, patience, and understanding to this study.

(The videos used in this video are from You Version and already open to the public. The original addresses of the videos are included for reference and credit.)


 

 

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One of the Spiritual disciplines we talk about the most is spending time in the Word; reading the Bible, listening to messages, and daily study. We also talk often about how hard it can be to fit time in for this as well as just forgetting.

Well, I was reading a section today that speaks into this. In this section of Mark, Jesus has been teaching through parables as the crowds continued to come to Him. It says….

“He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” Mark 4: 21-23

What is Jesus saying?

The lamp is God’s truth. It is the light to the world. Today, in the church age, we have the Bible which brings us the light. It is the lamp and a beautiful gift from a relational God who wants us to know Him, His ways, and His heart.

Now, what do we do with it? Do we place this gift under a bowl or bed? Do we squash and hide the light and not partake of it? That would be insane, wouldn’t it? But isn’t that what many of us do as we claim we are too busy or too overwhelmed in the darkness to partake of some much needed light?

No, what should we do with the lamp? We put it on “it’s” stand! We place it in it’s proper place! In the open, raised up, and allowing it shine into our lives and the lives around us!

Why? He states that what we do not know yet is meant to be know! God wants to be known! He wants his Truth to be known!  He wants others to see the Word through you and shining in the world!

On top of this, He wants us to hear what He is saying and not just let it pass….. “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”

“Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” Mark 4: 24-25

We take the Word for granted but Jesus warns us not to do so. Those who partake of His truth, will receive from the Word even more than what they put into it. However, if you neglect the Word, the truths, hope, and encouragement from it will be lost to you.

Are you in the Word? Is your church in the Word? I pray you partake from it so you may be full!

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