ONLY THE LIVING CAN PRAISE THE LORD
I welcome you to the last month of the year 2016, with the theme "Thanksgiving, Praise and Worship".
The Bible says in Psalm 100:4 “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name”. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says further” in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”
God indeed deserves all our praises, worship and thanksgiving, not just this month but on a continuous basis for the great and mighty things He has done for us thus far in year 2016 and the ones he is yet to do. We appreciate Him also for the things He would not do because we know He has a perfect plan and purpose for our lives.
We give Him the praise for the salvation of our souls, bountiful testimonies, deliverance, restoration, journey mercies, peace, joy, new born babies, new jobs, new homes, change in immigration status, promotions etc. We cannot begin to count and name them all. If truly we can think deeply then we would know how to thank God. We also thank God for the gift of life. We appreciate God for his mercies and compassion that faileth not. They are new every morning. He turned our mourning into dancing again and has graciously counted us among the living souls. God inhabits the praises of his people (Psalm 22:3). The very reason why we were created is to praise and worship Him. ”I will praise the name of God with a song and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.” Psalm 69:30-32
All your prayer requests may not have been answered the way you wanted it as at this moment, but Almighty God who knows the end of a thing from the beginning will do it at His own appointed time, in His own way in Jesus name. Amen. Let us praise Him for the ones He has done and also have a heart of gratitude. Then things will begin to fall in line into pleasant places for us in Jesus name.Amen (Psalm 16:6)
What should I thank God for? Many things like the breathe of life, His daily benefits, forgiveness of our sins, redeeming our lives from destruction, satisfying our mouths with good things, for His loving kindness, good health, His Grace, deliverance from the hands of the enemy, restoration of hope to every hopeless situation, Divine provision etc etc - (Psalm 103:1-8)
The conclusion of the matter beloved is Psalm 150:6. ”Let everything that has breathe praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” Indeed only the living can praise the Lord. And you are alive, so Praise ye the Lord.