Acceptable Praise

Acceptable Praise

CS Lewis called Psalm 19 the greatest lyrics of the Bible. Our praise should be ever in our mouth to a God who is and was and will ever be.

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There is not a place on earth that the light and night, sun and moon, stars and day are not seen and heard. Nothing is hid from them. God has set them in the heavens as in a tabernacle.

More to be desired are God’s law, testimony, statutes, commandments, fear, and judgments. There is nothing more precious than the word of the Lord. The name of Jesus is the one name that will one day bend every knee and the one which every tongue confess as the one true Lord. The word of the Lord is a sweet blessing.

The word of the Lord is a guide and warning. Keeping His word will bring great reward. There is a place being prepared for us. A great reward for all who believe.

Presumptuous sins will separate us from God. His kindness and love does not excuse us from His laws. Don’t be deceived by the world and the thought that God’s mercy will dismiss our sins. Using the gifts God has given without displaying the fruit God commands will not save you.

Matthew 7:22-23

22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Connect your heart and your mouth. God will cleanse you from all your sin. You are a joint heir with Christ who died on a cross to join us with Him as heirs.

Don’t let the foolishness of the world distract you from the truth and wisdom of God. Wear the full armor of God to protect you from this foolishness.

1 Corinthians 1:18-20

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,

And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

Our praise should be like rivers of living water. Our praise should be risky. It should be given with abandon. Don’t let anything stop your praise. Don’t let anyone steal your praise. It’s yours and God wants you to have it. Protect your praise. Bad things may happen to you, but don’t lose your praise. Your praise is how you rebuke the devil. He doesn’t want to be around when you give the Lord all your praise. The devil won’t hang around where he’s not “top dog”.

John 12:3-8

3 Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”