• Christian Praise and Worship

    Christian Praise: Where is God?

    Where is God?

     

     

    Christian Praise becomes much easier for us when we realize How Big God really is and how much He truly loves us.

    A few years ago, Bette Middler had a hit song called “From a Distance” which won a Grammy for “Song of the Year” in 1991. The words were nice and gave us the feeling that we were not alone in this world, that indeed God was watching us from a distance.

    It’s a lovely platitude but it doesn’t really tell us where God actually is.

    Christian Praise can be hard to muster up if we only believe in a God somewhere up there in the sky who looks down on us once in awhile. It may be a nice thought to some, but it doesn’t do much else except to give us a few warm and fuzzy feelings.

    God is very much a part of your life and He chose it to be that way. He doesn’t just want to be God, He also wants to abide in You. He wants be your friend.

    Abraham was called God’s friend, because he took the time to walk and talk with God.

    Adam had direct communion with God in the Garden, before Adam and Eve got banished for their sin. Many scholars believe because they were banished that communion with God was cut off, but this does not make sense if Abraham was considered God’s friend. Maybe there wasn’t direct communication as in the garden but there had to be some type of communication in Abraham’s day. We can only speculate what that was.

    One thing is clear though. In the old Testament the Spirit came upon the prophets. In the New Testament the Spirit is in us. Why the difference?

    It is because of Christ’s death on the cross that the barrier between God and us can be breached.

    John 14:16-20 (kjv) says:

    16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

    17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

    18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

    19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

    20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

    God loves to commune with us and the best way to bring in His presence is with Christian Praise.

    God abides in the praises of His people.

    Psalm 22:3 (kjv) says: But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

    God is not some Sugar Daddy in the sky that we make requests to and wait for Him to grant them. He is so close to us that we cannot truly describe it in proper words.

    Paul Put it this way:

    Acts 17:28 He is not far from us, for in him we live and move and have our being.

    Every particle of yourself is in God and God is in every particle of you.

    Jesus said in John 14:21-28

    Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

    Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, “Master, (then) what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?”

    Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.

    Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.

    I have told you this while I am with you.

    The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name–he will teach you everything and remind you of all that (I) told you.

    Obedience to God pic

     

     

    If You Love Me, Keep my Word.

     

     

    Knowing this, Christian Praise should come freely from your heart and lips as you marvel at the Greatness of God who comes to inhabit the very people He has purchased with the blood of Jesus. If we love Him and obey His commands, He will make His dwelling with us. Hallelujah!

    Where is God?

    God is in me, and you, if you love Him and keep His commandments.

    One of my favorite songs from years gone by is “How Big is God?”

    The lyrics to this song are:

    Though Men May Strive To Go Beyond The Reach Of Space
    To Go Beyond The Distant Glimmering Stars
    This World’s A Room So Small Within My Master’s House
    The Open Sky But A Portion Of His Yard.

    How Big Is God, How Big And Wide His Vast Domain
    To Try To Tell These Lips Can Only Start
    He’s Big Enough To Rule This Mighty Universe
    Yet Small Enough To Live Within My Heart.

    As Winter Chill May Cause The Tiny Seed To Fall
    To Lie Asleep Till Waked By Summer’s Rain
    The Heart Grown Cold Will Warm And Trod With Life Anew
    The Master’s Touch Will Bring The Glow Again.

    How Big Is God, How Big And Wide His Vast Domain
    To Try To Tell These Lips Can Only Start
    He’s Big Enough To Rule The Mighty Universe
    Yet Small Enough To Live Within My Heart.

    Here is the version from YouTube


    (BLACKWOOD BROTHERS: HOW BIG IS GOD)



     

  • Christian Praise and Worship

    Christian Praise: What Does Hallelujah Mean?

    What does Hallelujah Mean

     

    Christian Praise is mentioned approximately 190 times in the Bible depending on which version you are reading. It is very common to hear the phrase “Hallelujah” both in Christian circles as well as non-christian circles.

    What does “hallelujah” mean?

    Oftentimes it is also written as Allelujah. The angels themselves sing hallelujah to God, so what does it mean?

    Actually as a direct translation from the Hebrew it means Praise (Hallel) God (jah, also known as Jaweh in the Old Testament. So, when we say “Hallelujah” What we are really saying is “Praise God”. This is a good thing in a sense because we are told to praise God, but if we just say it as an exclamation to something good that has happened then it might lose its flavor, so to speak. This is obviously the case with non-Christians saying it when trivial things such as their favorite hockey team scores a goal for the home team. If we are truly happy that God has allowed things to happen then it is not derogatory in any way but I just want to point out that it is something that should be used with meaning.

    Christian Praise is more than just a matter of words, it is a life-style. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 it says “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God concerning you”.

    There are 2 specific points that I would like to bring out in this passage.

    1. It is God’s will that you give thanks in everything
    2. It is God’s will that you give thanks IN everything, not necessarily FOR everything.

    God wants us to praise Him no matter what our circumstances are because he wants us to realize that wherever we are, He is there with us. He wants us to relinquish the control of our lives to Him and trust Him to work all things out together for our good.

    So remember, the next time you are in despair and don’t feel like praising God, do it anyway! Hallelujah!

    (see our article “Out of the Mouth of Babes” to see an example of praising God in spite of our circumstances)

  • Christian Praise and Worship,  Christian Praise Songs

    The Horse and Rider Song Lyrics

    Horse and Rider Song

    Someone was asking me for the lyrics of the Christian Praise song “The Horse and Rider Song”. It’s very difficult to find this song on the Internet so I am writing the lyrics here for you and made a .wav file of my acapella version.

    (click on the play button if you wish to hear my acapella version of it )

    The Horse and Rider Song

    I Will Sing Unto the Lord For He Has Triumphed Gloriously

    The Horse and Rider Thrown into the Sea

    I Will Sing Unto the Lord For He Has Triumphed Gloriously

    The Horse and Rider Thrown into the Sea

     

    The Lord, My God, My Strength My Song

    Has Now Become My Victory

    The Lord, My God, My Strength My Song

    Has Now Become My Victory

     

    The Lord is God and I will praise Him

    My Fathers God and I will E-x-a-l-t Him

    The Lord is God and I will praise Him

    My Fathers God and I will Exalt Him!

    (Based on Praise Scriptures from the Bible Exodus 15:1-21)

    Originally Posted October 15, 2012
    photo credit: Neticola via photopin cc

  • Christian Praise and Worship,  The Secret

    Christian Praise: It’s Time to Sing Another Tune in Life

    Sing a Different Tune

    Christian Praise is all about realizing what God has done for us in our lives. It is all too common for us to focus on our struggles and everyday problems and forget to offer Christian Praise to God for His blessings.

    Many people, Christian or not, tend to look at life with a very negative slant sometimes. I am sure you know many people like this. They are always complaining about how bad things are. They are so concerned about the way that life is treating them that they miss out on the pleasure of being alive.

    Some people are living a life of misery because they forget to look at the things that are going right in their lives. They have trouble taking their eyes off of the problems and obstacles around them.

    We all run into obstacles in our lives, this is a part of life. We are not to offer Christian Praise only when things in life are rosy and going well for us.

    For some people, life never seems to go well for them. It’s not that life is so harsh, but rather their eyes are focused on the problems and not their blessings. We cannot condemn these people. It is a mindset that they have set themselves up in and it can’t be undone until they realize what they are doing. So don’t condemn these type of people, instead pray for them that the light of God will shine in their hearts that they may be able to see what great things God has done for them.

    Negative thinking is a major problem in our society today. The good news is that we have more and more people wanting to get themselves out of their negative mindset and trying to think more positively. Just look around any bookstore and you will see many self-help books based on how to think positively, how to think abundantly. People are realizing, to a greater extent, that there is more to life than what they are experiencing.

    Sadly we see multitudes following “The Secret” or Abraham Hicks looking for more to life without realizing that God said that we receive not, because what we ask for is for our own edification and glory. If we seek abundance for selfish reasons we will not receive anything from God. The Good News is that we are promised that if we seek for God’s will, then our prayers and petitions are answered. (James 4:3)(Mathew 7:7-11)

    There is some truth to what these people from “The Secret” are teaching, and actually much of it is based on Christian Scripture, but they miss the mark by twisting the scriptures in such a way that all they think about is how can I make my life happier and get the things I want.

    It misses the mark because Scripture teaches us that we are not to worry about food, or drink or clothing or any of the things that the world worries about. God has already taken care of that for us, but for those who do not know God, they search for a way out of their problems and end up in these messed up teachings, such as “the Secret” and are being indoctrinated into thinking that they are actually being enlightened.

    As I said earlier on, their teachings are partially true. Satan masquerades as an angel of light, trying to persuade people that this is the truth, when in reality it is only partial truth.(2 Corinthians11:14) Jesus is the true light of the world and if we ask, believing, we shall receive from Him.

    If we have not, it’s because we are not asking. As we become thankful for what we do have, then we will be given more. It is God’s will that we have an abundant life but we miss out on it because we forget to be thankful for what we do have.(Mark 4:25)

    Without challenges, there can be no progress. Without obstacles, there can be no achievement. Be thankful for the opportunities that these provide.

    For many people the theme song for their life is “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen”. It’s time to change your tune. It’s time to sing another tune in your life. Focus on what God is doing, focus on the good that comes out of the obstacles and challenges, knowing that God loves you and is in control of your life. Let Christian Praise flow out of your heart and up to the throne of God, for He is worthy to be praised in all circumstances.

     

     

  • Christian Praise and Worship,  Prayer in the Square

    Christian Praise: Prayer in the Square

    Prayer in the Square

     

    For those of you who wish to know, Sunday September 20, 2009 was the final gathering of “Prayer in the Square”. This is where Christians from all denomination gather together to offer up Christian Praise and Prayer unto God on behalf of our nation.

    Last Year “Prayer in the Square” had around 18000 people but this year a whopping estimate of 60,000 people showed up. Many congregations, such as ours, were not able to make it to Times Square in New York City on Sunday but joined together via the Internet along with many other countries. Wow! I can’t imagine the amount of Christian Praise and Prayer going up on our behalf.

    If you want to read more about it I have posted the link here: Prayer in the Square

     

  • Christian Praise and Worship,  The Secret

    Christian Praise: It Benefits Us, Not God

    Christian Praise Benefits Us Not God

     

    Christian Praise is something that we do to benefit us. Yes, I know this sounds kind of selfish but the truth of the matter is that God admonishes us to Praise Him, not because He needs it but because we need it.

    Sadly, some people get confused and think that it is their duty to offer Christian Praise to God. It is as if it is on their “to do list” of things that we must do to be a good Christian.

    Other things on that “to do list” are:

    • Going to Church on Sunday
    • Praying
    • Being Polite to Others

    We feel that by being a good little Christian this will somehow earn us brownie points in heaven. How foolish people can be!

    Think about it:

    Why would God need us to praise Him, or to show up for church on Sunday or to Pray or any other religious duty we feel we may need to do?

    This kind of thinking stems from old pharisaic legalism that has nothing to do with our true Christian Worship. All of these things are to do with what God wants to do for us and in us to benefit our lives.

    I mentioned in another blog post  “Christian Praise: The Secret of the Universe” :  that the True Secret to God’s Universe is not what they are teaching in Law of Attraction Seminars all over the world, but rather, it is “The Secret of Christian Praise”. This is because of the many benefits we derive from Christian Praise.

    Sadly, many people think that if they do things such as praising the Lord, or showing up for Church on Sunday or praying etc., that then they will win favors with God. They think because of their so called “devotion”, God will allow them certain things, and do things for them, because somehow they have proved themselves worthy.

    I Want to Make This Point Very, Very Clear:

    You Will Never be Worthy Enough in God’s Eyes

    To Receive Anything from God

    Based on Anything that You DO!

    We receive from God and are blessed by God, Because of What He Did for us.

    He sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die for us and become the appropriation for our sins. It is because of Christ’s death and Christ’s death alone, that makes us worthy.

    He is our Righteousness. When God looks at us He sees the Righteousness of Christ, not because of works that we have done but because of who we belong to. We are heirs with God and Joint heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:17)

    Titus 3:5 (kjv) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.

    Romans 5:8 (esv) But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    Christian Praise then is a vehicle in which we draw nigh to God. It is a remembrance of all that God has done for us and in us. As we spend time in God’s presence and wait upon Him it is there that we gain the strength and comfort that is needed in our daily lives.

    Christian Praise is for our Benefit and not for God’s.

    God is not Some Self-indulgent Entity

    that Requires that we pay Homage to Him.

    He is not like the gods of the heathen that need alms and praise to appease Him.

    God loves us just the way we are. He looks beyond our faults and sees the blood of Christ which covers a multitude of sins. He sees us as His children and lovingly reaches down his hands in love to help us.

    God is deserving of our praise, but he certainly doesn’t need it.

    Christian Praise is something we should do on a daily basis, not because God needs it, but because we do.

    Isaiah 40:31 says “They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint. “

    Here is one of my favorite songs. It’s a beautiful song based on Isaiah 40:31 “On Eagle’s Wings”