THURSDAY 14TH MAY, 2020
THEME: Testify With Praise
PASSAGE: Isaiah 12:1-6
HYMN: MHB 1 – O FOR a thousand Tongues to Sing
MEMORY VERSE: Isaiah 12:4 In that day you will say: Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted.
We have so much to praise God for and it is good to give honour to Him. The Bible is filled with examples of praises when we see His power released with life-changing miracles, dramatic stories of the enemy being halted or defeated; hearts being changed and drawn closer to Him. Anytime we praise and worship God we testify His goodness over us; we acknowledge His worthiness and affirm that He remains God.
We have a duty and a mandate to praise God. Praise gets our focus off ourselves and back on God. We may know that in our heads, but our hearts think differently so often. We are prone to selfishness. He desires our eyes to be firmly set on Him, because that is where our true hope is found. He is worthy of our praises no matter what we face from day to day.
Praise brings us to a place of humility. As we praise Him as Creator and King of this world, we admit and recognize that we are not in control, but He is. Prophet Isaiah understood this and had this to say, “I will praise You, O Lord. Although You were angry with me, Your anger has turned away and You have comforted me. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation” (Isa 12:1-2 NIV).
Through praise we are reminded of what He has already done in our lives, that He knows what concerns us, and He is capable of taking care of all our burdens. Do not forget that when you praise, you are testifying God’s goodness around you.
PRAYER: Oh Lord, help the church to understand the power behind praising You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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