Sunday, September 24, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: You who have fear of the Lord, give him praise; all you seed of Jacob, give him glory; go in fear of him, all you seed of Israel. Psalms 22 : 23
LISTEN: God is praised by those who love Him. He is honoured by those governed by His love and fear. Praise is the lifestyle of those who understand the importance of God. Our praise to God should be unconditional. Praise to God comes in different ways. We can praise Him in songs, dance, shout, rendering of testimonies, appreciating His works in our lives, living a praiseworthy and God-glorifying life, etc. God wants us (His children) to give praise to Him. He wants those who are faithful to Him to offer a worthy praise to Him. But why should we praise Him? Beloved, there are countless reasons why we should praise God. We should praise Him because He is our life-giver, our provider, our protector, He is the sustainer of our faith, our victory in battle, our defender, our healer, our loving, forgiving and compassionate Saviour; He is the hope of salvation, He is the reason we can face and endure trials and persecutions. Besides, He is our encourager and strengthener when we are weak and afraid, etc.
God should be praised by His loyal servants. Beloved, are you loyal to God? Are you among those who fear Him? Are you among the chosen children of God? Our verse of the day says, ” You who have fear of the Lord, give him praise; all you seed of Jacob, give him glory; go in fear of him, all you seed of Israel.” (Psalms 22 : 23). This bible verse is not limiting the praise of God to the children of Israel alone, but to us all seeds of Abraham by faith (Galatians 3 : 14 , 26). This means that we should praise Him at all times, for those who have no fear of God cannot praise Him. Their arrogance will not permit them to give a worthy praise to God. Beloved, let us give praise to God. Praise to God is an expression of our love and loyalty to Him. Our praise to God is the recognition and appreciation of His benevolence to us. If we cannot praise Him, certainly we cannot love Him. Giving a heartfelt praise to God will inspire, encourage and motivate us to a heartwarming relationship with Him. Beloved, let us give praise to God no matter what.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to give praise to God in all situations and be strong and courageous.
2. Always acknowledge and appreciate the goodness of God towards you and others.
3. Do not be arrogant in your heart, but humble and give glory to God.
4. Recognise God as your life-giver, provider, protector, and sustainer of your faith, etc.
Daily Task: Beloved, no matter the situation, learn to appreciate God’s works in your life and determine to live a praiseworthy and God-glorifying life.
Daily Reflection: Our praise to God is the recognition and appreciation of His benevolence to us. Hence, if we cannot praise Him, certainly we cannot love Him.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God! All praise and honour belongs to you. Therefore, receive my praise today, and make me to recognise and appreciate your benevolence to me, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may your sincere praise and appreciation to God bring you joy, favour, breakthrough, peace of mind, divine protection and provision, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: Praise to God is an expression of our love and loyalty to Him; hence, to be empty of His praise is to deny our allegiance to Him.
Today In History: September 24, 2005. Hurricane Rita, the 4th-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, comes ashore in Texas causing extensive damage there and in Louisiana, which had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina less than a month earlier.