Posts Tagged ‘Praise and Worship’

Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”

The blind and the lame came to him in the Temple, and he healed them. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.”

But the leaders were indignant. They asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?”

“Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.’”   Matthew 21:12-16

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We are all quite familiar with the account of Jesus driving off all the merchants buying and selling within the temple grounds. This is an account where for most of the time, we learned of Jesus’ indignation with regards to the degradation of the religiosity of the Jewish temple, to a greed driven machinery that is so far away from the heart of God.

After Jesus healed the blind and lame there, the children, in their innocence, praised God with much shouting. The corrupted leaders were not pleased, and even questioned Jesus. And our main focus here was Jesus’ reply:

‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have perfected praise’?”

Matthew 21:16 (NKJV)

You see, Jesus quoted a portion of scripture from Psalms 8:2 which reads:

Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have ordained strength,
Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

But there is an obvious divine twist here. In New International Version (NIV), it reads:

you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

So if we line them up on the same term, Jesus has revealed the key here:

-> give You (God) praise -> You (God) have ordained (or give) strength -> You (God) silence the enemy and the avenger

So you see, the revelation is that if we praise and worship God, even when with our handicap, even when we are faced with difficult and surmounting circumstances, and with a bleak-black vision or future; God will give us the strength to persevere and He will see to it to silence the enemy and avenger; our enemy, our avenger.

Worship

The weaker we are or the bigger the problem we face, the more we need to praise and worship God; because through it comes our bigger help and our bigger stronghold, and our bigger defense from our Lord!! The final silence of our enemy and avenger will be oh-so-sweet.

 

 

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Bita in the yard

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. […] Then the God of peace will be with you.   Philippians 4:8-9

We are coming to the end of the year and it is the time where we are feeling festive and blissful. We put down the bad and the ugly behind,  looking forward to a new beginning. And that’s really good. The bible says, fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable, what is right and what is pure and lovely. What is admirable and things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

little big friendsYou see, we are being constantly ‘bombarded’ by terrors, uncertainty, diseases/viruses, and so many other negative things, that if we dont have a counter, we will then go on a slow spiral down into depression and sickness. Your mind will be trouble, your spirit will be down and finally sickness appears for a final countdown.

Happy thoughts!

That’s what the world can offer at best, keeping fixing on whatever happy thoughts you can gather and keep replaying in your mind. But dear brother and sisters, we have something even more power and everlasting. What is more true and right and pure and lovely and admirable and excellent and worthy of praise?

It is this: That God, Christ Jesus, Himself, left and gave up His own majesty and divinity to come into this world. Willing suffered at the hands of the very creation He wanted to save. To redeem us from our sin by taking our sin on Himself and suffered its consequences. After exhausting all the judgement and punishments on our behalf, Christ Jesus died a sorrowful death.

By His death – we are given life, by His strips – we are healed, by his sorrows – we rejoice. Out of love, to save you and I from eternal damnation. Think of such thoughts:

  • That you are so preciously loved that Christ Jesus so willing to die in your place.
  • That God will redeem you out of whatever bad situation you are in because He had redeemed you from the worst.
  • That God Himself will restore what you have lost and will be above what you have originally lost.
  • That Christ has done all that needs to be done, we are rest fully in His perfect work.
  • That you are not caringly nurtured, truly blessed,  and highly favored because you are children of the Almighty God.
  • That you are forever, saved and redeemed for eternity in heaven, a place Christ personally are preparing for you.
  • That we have such an awesome and wonderful God that is so worthy of praise.

Such are the happy (excellent) thoughts!

Have a blessed Christmas full of revelation of Christ Jesus!

Deliverance and Restoration

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You for being my refuge and my stronghold. I can hide myself in You and You will protect and keep me far from trouble. Deliver me from the enemy’s plan for my downfall and my destruction. I thank You that You have filled me with songs of deliverance, and a songs of joy. I will sing praises unto You as my battle cry; against any attack of the enemy! I worship You as my deliverer, protector, and provider. I praise You for Your peace, love, provision, and freedom in my life. In You I have all that I will ever need.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.
Psalm 32:7

I'm Held By Your Love

On this lovely day, did you have your love encounter with Him yet?
He is waiting for you…

I have chosen you and have not rejected you.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:9-10

I’m held by Your love
Upheld by Your strength
On Your shoulders You bore me
By Your faith I stand
Cherished by You, Lord
Treasured in Your sight
So close to Your heart
Held firm in Your hands

Chorus:
So awesome is Your love
So mighty is Your hand
On eagle’s wings You carry me
Your grace shall be my strength
So perfect is Your love
You sacrificed Your Son
Amazing love reached out to me
With joy to You I come

 

 

Guitar chords can be found here

In Evils Days -> Sing & Make Music To The Lord

Everyone now have no doubts that we are all living in evil days; – major ones. This is especially so this year, 2014; and probably also the next, if you have read previously The Coming Of The Four Blood Moons. While the blood moons prophecies are squarely for Israel, it nevertheless has big repercussions throughout the world. We are not even into the fourth quarter of the year and we have witnessed much terrors from wars, calamities, terrorisms, religious military coups, plane crashes, to uncontrollable virus epidemics; tragedies enough to last a lifetime. These are evil days, indeed.

However, the Lord has been impressing on me with this portion of the Scriptures:   Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.   Ephesians 5:16-20 (NLT)

You see, God the Father has already prepared for us, in these evil days, for the evil days. Do not waste your life away worrying or being anxious. While we have no control over the dire situations, we have our God who has and can, for our sake. God–The Father’s Promises For Your Protection are already covering you in place. You just need to know that and let your faith rise up. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John14:27). Don’t live thoughtlessly like the world but be filled with His Holy Spirit.

The key in overcoming these evil days, is to – sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs; making music to the Lord in your heart! Let the Holy Spirit lift up within you, empowering you to go forward in thanksgiving to the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. While the world worries on, we will sing praises to the Lord; while the world whimper in fear, we make music to the Lord, our God!

We are not drowning out the horrors with empty noise; pretending it’s not there. Like the good “hymn” says… It’s because our God is greater…

 

Sing Praises - 6+4 strings

I have always admired David that while he was still a shepherd boy, sing praise to God and making music with a 10 string lyre.   It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, accompanied by a ten-stringed instrument, a harp, and the melody of a lyre. Psalms 92:1-3
In Evils Days -> Sing & Make Music To The Lord

I just gotten a set of 6 stringed guitar and a 4 stringed ukulele to learn on my own, that’s 10 strings too… Now, pray that God will also give me the talent to make music to the Lord. 🙂

Have a blessed weekend.

 

 

“The Saviour alone
Carried the cross
For all of my debts
He paid the cost
Salvation complete
Forever I’m free
Calvary covers it all”

Calvary

The lyrics to this song depict so beautifully the grace and mercy that we find at the foot of the cross of Christ – the day our Saviour paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Yet, ‘beauty’ was nowhere to be found on the day Jesus died.

The Bible tells us that the sky darkened as the Roman soldiers cast lots beneath the cross. That as Jesus suffered – bruised and bleeding on death’s door – the open wounds from His beating and the deep gashes from the crown on His head, were a horrific sight to behold.

In the midst of His suffering, it was on that cross and in that moment that Heaven and Earth collided — that Jesus committed His Spirit into the hands of His Heavenly Father and that the Kingdom of Heaven invaded our earthly kingdom on a hill called Calvary. We recognize the work of salvation that Jesus did on the cross, celebrate the gift of salvation and the miracle of His resurrection.

 

 

Just gotten the album by Hillsong Worship – No Other Name. And wow, I am blown away; Praise The Lord! I am still stuck on repeat on song #1, This I Believe (The Creed). It’s a new album literally in form and in spirit…

Anyway, good things must share… and here it is… better still, just go get the album.