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PRAISE AND JOY

How well do we praise God in singing? Do we do it with joy?

"Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of saints. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds." Psalm 149:1,5

When we praise God, we are giving Him honor. We need to praise God more than we normally do. Sometimes in church we don't clap or sing and if we do, sometimes we don't sing with our whole heart or with joy. If we are joyful then we want to clap and sing. If we praise in the congregation of His people, and the others are praising Him too, then it will be a joyful sound.

"Make a joyful noise unto God all ye lands: Sing forth the honor of His name: make His praise glorious." Psalm 66:1,2

When we combine praise and a joyful noise to the Lord, it will sound glorious, but ONLY if we praise God joyfully.

"O bless our God ye people and make the voice of His praise to be heard:" Psalm 66:8
"Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;" Psalm 149:6

If we, the people of God, praise Him joyfully then we can make the voice of our praise be heard . Our words of praise and honor to God are not going to be very convincing if we are not joyful.

"I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being." Psalm 104:33

We need to declare, as David did, that we will sing praises to God as long as we live. Even when we don't think anything is going right, God is still God and deserves to be praised with the highest praise; from a joyful heart.

"Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord." Psalm 150:6       Tom Spearman


The Pride of Korah


(based on Numbers 16) Korah, his family, and some pals

Got a bunch of men, all they could arouse
They jeered the diligence of Moses' work
Their evilness inside pinned him as a jerk

They rose up and tried to start a brawl
Two-hundred fifty men numbered in all
They criticized Moses to his face
And of themselves made a disgrace

Once Moses heard their blasphemous words
The anger in his heart was stirred
He spoke what the Lord put on his mind
He said God's judgment would get them in time

Moses told them to separate from the rest
In God's people there would be no shelter or nest
They were told they'd see the works of God's hand
The ground would open up and they'd disappear into land

As Korah poured his inscense in the pan
God punished the wickedness of this proud man
The inscense and power he tried so hard to make
went down that day in fire, smoke, and quake    

                 
Tom Spearman


BEING PART OF THE CROWD

A lot of kids today think they have to be part of the crowd to be accepted. Like, smoking, drinking, cussing, certain music, attitude, clothing, diet, etc. That's not so. Daniel 1:10-12:

"And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? Then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king. Then said Daniel to Melzar whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink."

Daniel and his friends chose not to be like everyone else, or part of the crowd. Then they were not only accepted by the Israelites but also the Babylonians and the king. So, if you are not part of the crowd, people will accept you better.

Daniel 1:14-15 shows the reward that Daniel and his friends received.

"So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat."

Daniel and his friends were healthier and better looking than those who ate the king's food just to be part of the crowd.

Daniel and his friend's decision of not being part of the crowd benefitted them more than being part of the crowd.

"As for these four children God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom." Daniel 1:17a

We can pray to God and ask for the knowledge and wisdom of what we are to do instead of following the crowd. Tom Spearman


REMEMBER LOT'S WIFE

Do we rebel? When we rebel is it because we don't want to leave the worldly things behind?

"For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.
And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two dausghters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed."    Genesis 19:13-17

Lot knew what the Lord wanted him to do, but it says he lingered, or rebelled. He didn't want to part with the worldly things. When the Lord gives us instructions or commands, we have to do it, but not linger and hold back.

The Lord was merciful to Lot because he served Him with his heart. When we serve Him, He will protect us. This does not mean we can rebel and He will protect us. No, God will not let us get away with it.

"But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt." Genesis 19:26

Lot's wife rebelled. She didn't want to leave the things of the world and was punished for it. The Lord will punish his people for rebelling.

"My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise." Psalm 57:7

We have to have our hearts fixed (like David) or we have to be determined not to rebel if we want to keep from rebelling. Also if we pray and ask the Lord for help and guidance He will help us: if we are determined. Lot was determined not to look back. It worked. Don't rebel against God, and "remember Lot's wife."   Tom Spearman


KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

To play "King of the Mountain" The King on top has to throw his opponents down off the hill or high place and not let them get to the top. Whoever stays on top is "King of the Mountain".

Sometimes we think we are better than God or we could be a better King of the Mountain like Satan did; but he got thrown down from God's Kingdom (mountain). This will also happen to us if we think we are better than God.

When we pray and our prayer is not met or if something goes wrong we think that God is not ruling his mountain very well, so we try to get to the top of the mountain by taking things in our own hands, but when we get things in our hands we come to find out that we can't run things very good at all.

Maybe the reason our prayer is not met or bad things happen, is because God is either working in our life or he is trying to show us something. So don't think your better than God or the King of the Mountain because maybe he is working an your life or he is trying to show you something, and always remember that God is king of the mountain.       Tom Spearman


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