For about nine months a thirty years old worship and praise church with prophetic messages, divine healing and signs confirming God's words , and demonstrating the power of God, has brought such great revelation about the greatness of God and closeness in reality between God and man.
It has been a really marvelous experience of God's presence. His Kingdom comes. His will be done on earth as in heaven.
Here are some verses to meditate upon.
The first worship and praise to God recorded in the Bible: it was by a faithful old nameless servant :
Genesis 24:26 Then the man bowed down and worshiped the LORD, 27 saying, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.”
The first record of a woman (Leah)giving worship and praise to God by naming her sons : 'joined' and 'praise'.
34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi.
35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children.
The first record of a man mightily used by God (Moses ), praising God as a warrior : Exodus 15
“The LORD is my strength and my defense;
2 he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a warrior; 3 the LORD is his name.
Command on why Christians should always worship and praise God : Deuteronomy 8
10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.
Pride causes Christians not to praise God :
12 Otherwise ... , 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery...17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”
Praise God for He is the One who has blessed us with every good gifts :
18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Consequences of not praising God :
19 If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. 20 Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God.
|Leah praised God by naming her son Praise (Judah)|