Has Life Silenced Your Praise?
1O COME, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation!
2Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!
3For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
4In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights and strength of the hills are His also.
5The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land.
6O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker [in reverent praise and supplication].
7For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice,
8Harden not your hearts as at Meribah and as at Massah in the day of temptation in the wilderness,
9When your fathers tried My patience and tested Me, proved Me, and saw My work [of judgment].
10Forty years long was I grieved and disgusted with that generation, and I said, It is a people that do err in their hearts, and they do not approve, acknowledge, or regard My ways.
11Wherefore I swore in My wrath that they would not enter My rest [the land of promise].
Often times through the trials of life our praise song tends to become silenced. If we are not careful the noise of our daily life and our problems will drown out the joyful noise that should be lifted up to God. God has all things in His hands, your deep, low places in your life, as well as the heights, the mountain top times in your life. He deserves all praise and glory despite how we feel or what we are going through, just because of who He is. He is the King of kings, Lord of lords, and above all gods.The noise that surrounds us can hinder us from hearing the voice our Shepherd, the voice of our Lord. As we express a joyful noise from our heart, He will guide and lead us through those tough times, as well as through the good times.
We are not to get to a point that our heart has hardened like those God
spoke of in the wilderness. Even in our wilderness times, we are to
express our praises and faith to Him. Doing so will bring you
victoriously through your wilderness as you stay focused on God.
Lord God Almighty, I come into Your
presence in awe of Your greatness. Despite the circumstances and trials
that surround me in my life, I make a joyful noise from my heart,
offered up to You in honor of who You are. You are the True and Living
God, far above all gods. Any self idolatry in my life, anything I have
put before you, that has pushed You out of focus in my life, I renounce
and ask for Your forgiveness. I do not want to be as the people during
the forty years in the wilderness, in whom You were disgusted with
because their actions and attitudes were not completely in obedience
with You. I desire to obey you in all areas of my life.
God, here I am, take complete control. I submit my whole life to You. I bow down and worship Your great name. You are my Maker. You are my great God and great King above all gods. You are my great Shepherd who leads me with Your great and mighty hand. I hear Your voice calling and drawing me into Your presence. I am here Lord, Jesus. I kneel at Your precious, nail scarred feet. I give You my heart. I give You my life to honor You.
You are my Shelter in time of storm when the waves around me seem to overwhelm me. You are my Guide when the way is not clear about which path to take. You are my Steady and Support as I walk on the rough and rocky road that has holes which could cause me to stumble. You are my Rope that I hang on to as I climb the steep mountain in my life. You are my Protector as the enemy of my soul comes to attack and try to harm me. You are, You are, You are my Everything I need. I worship and love You loving Father.
Amen and Amen
Questions to Ponder:
1. Is a joyful noise, a heartfelt praise going forth to God daily or has things in life silenced my praise?
2. Am I remaining focused on God during the wilderness time in my life and trusting God completely?
3. Am I listening to the voice of my Shepherd, Jesus?
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