Saturday, November 17, 2012

Continual Praise and Worship

UV 581/10,000 Continual praise and worship Hebrews 13 v 15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Once we realize the extent of our indebtedness to Christ who gives us access to the presence of God, we will be ready to offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually. The words, “ by him” signifies that it is Christ who makes our worship acceptable to God. By ourselves we being sinful and disobedient are not worthy to enter the presence of God. The Old Testament blood sacrifices were meant to foreshadow the final and ultimate sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Jesus. But, what truly pleases the Lord God is after we have accepted the sacrifice of Jesus as absolution of our shortcomings, we continually offer Him the sacrifice of praise. It implies that we thank the Lord in our minds at every turn and every circumstance. It is an attitude of spiritual worship. It is a full dress rehearsal for our worship of the Lord in Heaven. Praise is described as the fruit of our lips. Our deeds of charity are the fruits of our hands. Just as the fire of sacrifice burnt continually in the temple of God, the fire of praise, worship and thanksgiving is to burn continually in our hearts and minds. The mouth will speak what the heart is full of. When our hearts are full of thanksgiving and praise unto the Lord, our mouth will also acknowledge Him all the time even in our sighing. Just as there are different types of fruits, there are different ways of praising and worshipping God. Uninterrupted or continuous worship does not imply that we spend all our time on our knees. It means that we have a continual awareness of the presence of God in us and with us. It means that even in the course of our daily chores or in the midst of a conversation, we remember the Lord and His goodness to us. That awareness will lead us to occasionally raise our arms to praise Him or to write down a thought or to internally rejoice by thanking Him for a particular blessing. Each day and night,we will have a series of moments and ways to remember, acknowledge, thank and worship the Lord. Prateep V Philip

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