“…Blessed are You, O Lord God of Israel our Father, forever and ever.
Yours, O Lord, is
and the power
and the glory
and the victory
and the majesty,
indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth;
Yours is the dominion,
O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all,
and in Your hand is power and might;
and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.
Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.”
1 Chronicles 29:10-13
I still remember the first time I really cut loose and praised God. It was late, well after everyone in the house had gone to bed. I had been reading my Bible and had spent some time in prayer. But suddenly something welled up inside of me and I had so much love and gratitude just wanting to burst out and show Him how thankful I was that He had saved my soul.
I remember as I got up from my chair and quietly stood in the middle of the living room in the dark. I just stood there for what seemed like the longest time. I don’t know why I was so self conscious, there was no one around. Just me and God. Then, slowly, I raised my hands, just a little at first, but then I fully stretched my arms out to Heaven, and started to praise His glorious name, speaking words that came pouring out, deep from within my heart. It felt amazing! I felt so vulnerable, yet so free, so forgiven, so loved, so in touch and enveloped by God Himself. He was hearing me and seeing me and loving me.
His Word says He inhabits the praises of His people and I experienced it on this day, and now I know this to be true.
Do you remember a time when you longed to worship the Lord because of all He is and all He has done for you? How did you respond? What is your favorite way to worship Him? I would love to hear from you in the “comment” section below.
Inspired to Cherish
We all have twenty-four hours on this first day of September. I’m going to take at least one of my hours and write out Psalm 150 in a special journal. Will you join me? Remember to write it slowly, taking in each word and writing in your very best hand.
I would love to spend time in prayer and meditation with you. Let’s imagine God in His sanctuary. Think about all the things He has done for us. As we feel the thankfulness and gratitude well up inside, let’s try a new form of worship; sing a new song, dance before the Lord as David did, or maybe lift our hands and praise His glorious name. You might even want to do all three! See yourself praising Him before His throne in Heaven. Let go. Cut loose and let your whole self – body, soul and spirit, praise God.
He is worthy to be praised!