Praise, Glorious Praise!

Meditating on Psalm 148.

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
2 Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!

Praise the Lord from the earth…

Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children. (vv. 1,2,7,11,12)

Psalm 148 cries out to all of creation to praise God. Nothing and no one is exempted. From the heavenly bodies to creatures of the deep and every living thing in between – all must praise God. “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord” (Ps. 150:6).

Our powerful, glorious praise flings heaven’s doors wide open. It ushers in miracles beyond our wildest dreams – healings, lives changed, deliverances. It brings on God’s mighty acts and wondrous works: overwhelming victories in battle, great walls toppling down, earthquakes that open prison cells and unlock shackles, foul spirits fleeing.

The holy presence of God descends in heartfelt praise. And when it does, we will know peace that passes understanding, joy unspeakable and full of glory, hope that never dies, and a love — yes, a love that soothes all our broken places and covers all our lack!

So, praise God in the dark valley and on top of the mountain. Praise Him in the tedious climb and when you think you have no more strength left – you still have breath in your nostrils. Praise Him in the peals of rich laughter; praise Him in the midst of river of tears.

Praise God with your whole being, everyday that He brings. “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it!” (Ps. 118:24). Praise Him and do not cease, lest the stones will cry out!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven. (v. 13)

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God’s Treasury

When you pray, what do you imagine? I mean, for those Christians who worship the one true living God in spirit and in truth and not before an image. When you close your eyes tightly and focus on your prayers, what does your mind imagine, if it does at all. When I am desperate to reach the throne of grace and really want to give glory to the Lord in my thanksgiving and reach Him through my prayers, I do my best to imagine the throne room. As I give glory or implore Him with my supplications, eyes tightly closed, I imagine Him in His throne in all His glory: lifted high, bright white clouds covering the place, magnificent colors of the rainbow and reflections of brilliant precious stones emanating from the throne, the floor like a sea of glass, with thunderings and lightnings.

But try as I might, my imaginations are so limited. So, often, I just imagine the King of kings and the Lord of lords before me, bright as the sun. Though even in my mind, I cannot see His face. I imagine Him standing in front of me, listening to my words. If we really believe that the Lord is real and He lives, our prayers also become so alive. We are not talking to an impotent image made by man’s hands, but to the One who has all the power and might to move heaven and earth on our behalf! We worship God and give Him glory even though we cannot see Him. For all He’s doing in our lives, we lift up our praise to Him. For we know that every blessing we receive, even those hard graces which later turn out into greater blessings, comes from His hand.

Like me, you may also be in that place of waiting. Waiting for answer to our earnest prayers, for fulfilment of our deepest desire. And at times, we may grow faint in giving Him glory as we nurse our gloomy hearts. But when we look around us, at the things that have always been there but have been rarely noticed, we see the glory of God. And if our hearts are humble enough to let ourselves be caught in awe of what the Lord is showing us, we will be gripped in the beauty of His creation. Through these unexpected gifts, He will fill us with joy and we will be comforted right in our sparse places.

One time as I was scrolling down my FB newsfeed, I saw beautiful photos of God’s creation which were just uploaded by a brother in Christ. He and his companions were foraging the beautiful coral which emerged out of the waters on a low-tide morning. Our church’s outreach station in San Fernando, La Union is near the beach and how wondrous is it to walk on the coral barefoot, admiring the vibrant plethora of life hiding there! What I wouldn’t give to be there, walking, examining, and touching those beautiful living things God created!

I gazed at the photos longingly, yet, the Lord was filling my heart with joy and inspiration. Things like these, which our senses can feast upon, give us hope and inspiration to continue walking in faith. The King gives us glimpses of His glory through His creation. That day, on a quiet after-Christmas morning, in a place hundreds of miles away from the beach, I received God’s unexpected gift.

God’s treasury is full of good and perfect gifts. He sends out showers to make His children’s hearts glad. And because He’s the gift-giver, I will not lose hope in receiving the gift I so desire – my healing. Someday soon.

 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea?
or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?

Where is the way where light dwelleth?
and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,

Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?
or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

Hath the rain a father?
or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
Out of whose womb came the ice?
and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? (selected verses from Job 38)

(Photos courtesy of Brother Philip Delmendo).

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