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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 5, 2016

Parson to Person - Uncontainable praise

By GARY VAN NYHUIS, Associate Pastor, Faith Christian Outreach Church | Nov 18, 2016

Growing Believers thrive from a lifestyle of praise and thanks to the Father. It’s our privilege to express love, adoration and worship by lifting up God each day. Christianity is about a living relationship, not a dying religion.

Psalm 34:1-3 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.

As a true worshipper, you must guard your heart and stay tuned into God’s Spirit, to avoid being shaped into the world’s mold of doubt and worry.

Paul and Silas are in deep trouble in Acts 16, but they keep their garments of praise on.

A crowd attacked them- brutally beating and throwing them into prison.

The jailer put them in stocks and chains, and watched them closely.

Around midnight, Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns to God. An intense earthquake shook that prison causing the doors to fling open, so every prisoners’ chains were undone!

Paul and Silas knew how to adjust their attitude by tapping into praise and thanksgiving! By fixing their eyes on the Lord instead of the mess they were in, even at midnight, something divine and dynamic happens!

What were the results of two men praising God, rather than whining or grumbling? From their uncontainable praise, many ripple effects happened: freedom, salvation of others, care for their wounds, deliverance and pardon.

It’s wise to stop thinking about the crisis, circumstance and even yourself. Give that frown a flip around – start thanking and praising the Lord. Focus on God’s promises, truth, salvation and victory!

What makes our praise uncontainable?

Simply by remembering and thanking God for his blessings. “Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God has done.”

When I enjoy the great meals my sweet wife prepares for our family, my belly is content. But it’s even more satisfying when we express appreciation to her- time, cooking, caring.

Man cannot live on PB and J alone.

May there never be a day that passes, when some expression of thanks or appreciation crosses our lips to the ones we love and the Lord on high for the many gifts He has given us.

There are so many things you can thank Him for!

May we rediscover and express countless reasons to thank the Lord from deep within, like birds that rise to sing their praise at the dawning of every golden day! There are numerous characteristics that we must praise Him for… may it bubble out of us.

Two ways to express appreciation to the Father

First, Thank God for what is seen or tangible like your family, friends, job, health, home… Also realize,

2 Cor. 4:18 we fix our eyes not on what’s seen, but on what’s unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Secondly, praise Him for what is unseen or eternal like His forgiveness, salvation, love, joy, peace…even Heaven.

Let’s blow the lid or roof off of our praise life as God’s children!

Much like the Psalmist, may we live this way: I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

 

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