Praise and Thanks

Nehemiah 12:24 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brethren over against them, to praise and to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, ward over against ward.

The old time preacher will say that God’s food is thanksgiving and praise. He does not need anything else, and has resources beyond our imagination to deploy to achieve His purposes – even and especially without us. But still, He wants us to praise Him … and His dealings with us are often not understood until we know that He wants His name magnified … it’s about God. There are many ways of hoarding the praise that belongs to God. One way is to depend on our intellect, on what we can sense and understand and not on God’s word. Our times of communion become less and God gradually withdraws His counsel from us … we can succeed …but God is far … and we do not sense that thanksgiving goes to God who gave us everything, even our brains. Have we not seen people who lost all their senses in seconds without explanation? When last did you thank God because you could raise a finger …or because you could still taste your food. There are many who have lost the sense of taste …or need help to nod their heads.

Nehemiah ensured that praise and thanksgiving continually went to God over every family. We can praise God with instruments, voice and posture …shouting alleluias before the Almighty …but the most important instrument of praise is the life that pleases God. Search your life today for areas that may still be displeasing to God and make the needed adjustments. Check that your heart is not closed or hardened – no more responding to His leadings.

God is moved to do awesome things as we praise Him

2Ch_20:22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

Verses for further meditation
1 Chronicles 29:13 ; Psalm 107:8

Thoughts for Business and the work place
God wants everything to praise Him … even our business and ventures.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, may all that we do, think or say – give you praise. Amen

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Bode Ososami

Bode Ososami

Bode Ososami retired from a management consulting firm and pastored at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Nigeria for over ten years. In the past, he has published 5 books. His third book " The Majesty of God " was published in December 2010. His fourth work "Perfect Fall Wedding: The Coming of Christ" was released in October 2011. His fifth book , Songs of Joseph, a Bible Devotional, was published in November 2012. He is also the author of "Wealth out of Ashes", a book describing God's plan for our prosperity.

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