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5/4/16 - Always be prepared to praise God

Published: Wednesday, 04 May 2016 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord, as you know.  I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.  I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.  Psalm 40:9-10

When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:  “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”  Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”  “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”   Luke 19:37-40

These two passages have the same spiritual truths although the first one is from the Old Testament and the second one is from the New Testament.  There should be a third passage, but I will get to that one toward the end of this article.

Both passages reveal the spiritual truth and God is to be openly discussed among all people.  The passage from Psalm 40 explains that the writer will proclaim the salvation that comes from God.  He goes on to say that he will not be quiet about God’s faithfulness or how God provides help during tough times.  He also wants to proclaim the love that comes from God.  In other words, the Psalmist is so excited about God that he cannot keep his mouth closed.  He wants everyone to know about God.

 

The second passage occurs when Jesus enters Jerusalem on the last week of his life.  He knows that by Friday, the people will be shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”  However, that is not what the people are shouting now.  The disciples were joyfully praising God in loud voices.  I think that means they were shouting praises to God.  Some of the Pharisees did not like what they were shouting and asked Jesus to calm them down.  Jesus told the Pharisees that if the people kept quiet, the stones would begin to shout praises to God. 

The third passage that I mentioned earlier is what these two Bible passages would look like in your life.  Most church services follow rigid guidelines making it difficult to deviate when God is to be praised.  I have not heard any rocks shout praises, but I feel like I should have in some services.  The movement of the Holy Spirit can maintain order and, at the same time, praise God for His righteousness, His love, and His faithfulness.  Singing aloud with the congregation, holding hands up when moved by the Spirit, and an “Amen” to what the Pastor says would not be out of order.  Every Believer should have their own passage written as to how they speak praises to God not only in church services, but also during the week.  It would be an ideal spiritual exercise for you to write down how you praise the Lord during the week.  Make it a third passage attached to the two above.  If you do not do this, be prepared to hear the rocks shouting praises to God. 

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