Songs of Praise and Thanksgiving

Nehemiah 12:45 And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, according to the commandment of David, and of Solomon his son. 46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.

There are songs and there are songs of praise and thanksgiving. What kind of song are you singing? Who is being praised when you sing …is it you, your talent or demonstration of skill or is it God? Ponder over this. We should examine our songs …what kind of music or singing do we allow our homes to be filled with.

Many showcase their talent…nothing wrong in this … but God has no intention to share His glory with any. He will not permit an idol even though disguised as talent. How about the lyrics of the song that we sing … are they full of empty repetitions or do the words that we sing have meanings that magnify the greatness and glory of God.

The hymns are no more cherished, sadly. In the hymn books are beautiful expressions of praise … the thanksgiving of a generation of saints whose fruit has been tested …lives that have passed, but who left behind a legacy of Godliness. There are many songs that have come from places that we do still have no certainty of divine approval. Note that Nehemiah reminds us that the singing was linked to the commandments of David … in the manner that David gave thanks and praised God. We need anchors of some sort for our praise and worship – the word of God, the testimony of tested fathers. Too many are moved by talent and artistic expression or skill … and soon miss God.

Do not disdain God ordained worship because it seems old fashioned …worship is not meant for us, but for God.

Verses for further meditation
Job 35:10; Psalm 119:54

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Be sensitive to the music and songs that surrounds your life.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, may praise never cease from my lips.

As Nehemiah’s wall was built, so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste. Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts. I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.

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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

As Nehemiah’s wall was built, so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste. Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts. I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.

To subscribe to the devotional, please enter your email address (the left column) above the “subscribe” button (and enter on the green button). God bless you.

Recessionproofchristianlife.com is a privately owned blog/media site started in 2009 as the internet ministry of the author. It promotes the absolute authority and divine inspiration of the Holy Bible as the Word of God – Infallible and Sufficient.

 

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