Focus: Luke 19:40 - KJV
40. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
God deserves our praises. In another day, we will be saying bye to the seventh month in the year. From the very beginning until now, the Lord has watched over us, preventing us from being tangled in the evil of the day, noting that each day has in it sufficient evil to devastate anyone. Gratitude is a door opener for greater favor. Those who show gratitude lay for themselves platform for further mercies, for it is by the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed. One way to express our gratitude unto our God is by praising Him. Ironically, man, of all the creatures of God, appear the most endowed; yet, he is the one who shows gratitude the least. The sun, the moon, the seas and the creatures in it, the birds of the air and the animals in the forest all give praises to God. Even the mountains and ordinary stones do the same. However, when it comes to man, there is great reluctance. While the other beings praise God as a matter of course, man only seeks to praise Him for some expectation.
Aside the earthly creatures, even the heavenly beings praise God. Hence, it is not because the Lord is lacking in praise that He looks forward to the praise of man. Rather, it is that, despite all that the Lord does for man amongst all His creatures, man remains ungrateful and exhibits ingratitude through and through. Where we find a few showing gratitude, some would want to mock and disparage them for doing so, as they see no basis for the same. Incidentally, when man withholds his praise unto God, his voice ought not to be missed from the symphony of praises raised unto the Lord from His other creatures, but God is too loving and would not want man to miss the blessings set out for him. Hence, the Lord shows concern for the praises of man. Unfortunately, however, because man does not often see beyond his nose, while the Lord is all out to bring him to an expected end, he sees nothing special in what the Lord is doing, assumes nothing is being done that deserves praises. The ratio of praises in man is as low as one to ten as exemplified in the ten lepers that encountered Jesus and were healed.
Dearly beloved, believe this and love God the more from today to start giving Him daily exponential praises: if the Lord should excuse anyone for three minutes in a day, the evil of that day would consume the same. Therefore, the one who stays by us full time, promising never to leave or forsake us, despite our terrible shortcomings, deserves our gratitude. Even if we do not know it, He is always there bearing us up in the palm of His hand. This new day, the birds already sang praises to Him and the waves of the Sea are praise singers. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God. When we fail to praise Him, He has the capacity to replace the nay sayers with stone-praise-singers. So as not to be replaced, let us show gratitude for as long as we still have breath, that we may find acceptance in His presence. Nothing glorifies better than gratitude. Praise the Lord!
SOLUTION: Let us always make time to sing praises to our maker – not only in the congregation, but in all aspects of our lives and wherever we find ourselves. As God is present there with us, He deserves our praises. Therefore, let us praise Him, always.
Please pray: Father, we appreciate your love and kindness over us and promise to sing your praises forever more. Please let your loving kindness never cease in our lives, dear Lord, in Jesus’ name. Let your presence which is light, always disperse darkness from our lives and beings, in the name of Jesus. Do receive our praises today, in Jesus’ mighty name.
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