Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. (Psalm 150:6)
Have you ever heard the saying, "knowledge is power?" It's not so much the knowing of how something is done or how it successfully functions, but the settling in one's mind that this is simply the way it's done!
Take for instance the Psalm in which this verse appears. First of all, there are six verses in this Psalm; yes only six. These express our creators' existence. In each verse,, the word "praise" appears twice. Joseph in the book of Genesis, gives us this insight; that when Father God doubles or shows something twice, it is established by Him and He will shortly bring it to pass. (Genesis 41:32)
Just what is the psalmist saying? What will come to pass as we praise God? His power, his mighty acts and his excellent greatness become reality! Can you imagine that? All simply because Almighty God doubled a word. Praise the Lord!
Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. (Psalm 63:3&4)
"Thy loving kindness is better than life!" What a most powerful statement from the psalmist David to have recorded fully knowing that you and I would be reading the Scriptures as God's word today. Paramount to say the least, David wrote this Psalm while he was in the wilderness. He concluded that there is something better than our life; God's lovingkindness! Not only does David confirm that he experienced it's existence, but also affirms how to navigate to its origin; praise, blessing his great name and the lifting up of hands. Can you imagine that!
You and I only have one life to live.It is most valuable to say the least. This life of our's is being spent one day at a time. How quickly they add up to years and then a lifetime. However, along life's journey, a continual flow of living waters can be had. In Hebrew, the word lovingkindness means favor, merciful, pity, reproof on occasions or better put in one word Jesus!
Beloved we have a lot to thank Father God for at this Thanksgiving holiday; especially his lovingkindness. We pray a most blessed Thanksgiving to all this holiday season.
He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness and honor. (Proverbs 21:21)
What a most wonderful proverb! Full of the warmth of God's will and meat for the soul. It embraces all our difficulties and enlightens life's sometimes questionable paths with an enduring presence of Father God's love.
As Lamb of God continues to go through life's altering events; I'm persuaded that if we seek to follow righteousness and mercy; the outcome will be glorious. Take a look at this proverb. Righteousness and mercy will produce life, righteousness and honor. Righteousness is not enough; mercy must also be demonstrated. As the Holy Ghost brings the food of God's word to our soul, we will know how to feed others, our present circumstances and entanglements, all receiving God's parenting character. The quoting of the Scriptures are not what is needed; but the life in them. Food enhances our physical body with power to live life, so does the living of God's word enhance us with divine power to be called the children of God! Praise the Lord!
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Luke 12:34)
The sweet voice of the Scriptures is forever echoing that God is; and a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) So, how does one receive a reward from the hand of God not only in this world, but also in the world to come.
Some years ago, in my travels for the Lord's business, I met a brother in Chicago; who owned a very large printing company employing many. Some people were so envious of him because of his success and ability to bless others. One day while we were alone in casual visitation; he felt to tell me how his success came about. While entering this country to make his home and future for his family; he got down on his knees in the airport. Not ashamed who observed him, he pray this prayer: "Lord Jesus, I put my future in your hands. I need your blessing financially. I will never forget who blessed me and from whom all blessings come. As the need arises for the furtherance of the gospel, I will give without reservation. Help me to always remember that not only does my soul belong to you, but also it was your blessing that has given me increase."
There is a saying, "you can't take it with you;" echoing the Scriptures. (Job 1:21). So how does one transfer their wealth to heaven and be a blessing to others? Luke chapter 12 verse 33 also says, sell that ye have, and give alms;, (gifts and special offerings) and you will have a treasure in the heavens that fadeth not. Then in Luke chapter 12 verse 34, the Lord goes on to say, for where your treasure is, there will be your heart also. What can I say more? Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder