Pastor’s message was entitled Praise Instead of Heaviness. Pastor encouraged us to put on the “garment of praise instead” of heavy spirit. Isaiah 61:1-3. God wants us to petition Him for help but we need to learn to move from petition to praise and worship. [Pastor’s wife shared a word with us yesterday from Max Lucado’s book Before Amen. He says our prayers should be as simple and profound as “God you are a good God. I need your help.”]
Pastor explained that there is a proper protocol in greeting national leaders like the President or the Queen. The proper protocol for greeting God is praise. Praise brings us into His presence. 2 Chronicles 5:13-14. We should learn, as shown by many Biblical examples, to choose to praise in all circumstances. Acts 16:25-26. Psalm 34:1-5.
This song fits the message!
Let it Bring You Praise by Matt HammittVerses for Today:
Psalm 150:1-6 NIV
1 Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
I have so very much to give thanks and praise for. Hopefully, even if I had little, but I had breath, I would still give thanks and praise to my creator and redeemer.