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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Thanksgiving first

Nehemiah 12:38 And the other company of them that gave thanks went over against them, and I after them, and the half of the people upon the wall, from beyond the tower of the furnaces even unto the broad wall;

David said “I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart” … how do you propose to come before God. There are days of early beginning when matters look very scattered …and you do not feel like thanking God … but these are the very days when you need to do so. For Nehemiah, these were early beginnings …the structures were just skeletal … barely there. But what you see in the physical is built by that which has been completed in the Spirit.

Our physical effort, organization and loyalty are important building blocks to our physical restoration – but the spiritual work must be done first. Thanksgiving is the expression of faith when we see little …the building in the spiritual which eventually translates to the physical is done mainly with thanksgiving.

“Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
Horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.”

Observe the great songs of thanksgiving of Miriam, Moses, of Hannah …of Mary … these songs were inspired after great moves of God, but more importantly they ushered in future awesome periods of reconstruction and mighty spiritual and physical restoration for the people of God. The Holy Communion must always be led with thanksgiving … Christ gave thanks and broke bread. The inexplicable value in giving thanks is one of God’s deep mysteries

It is vital for God’s people to know that God finishes His victory even before we see it beginning. Thanksgiving is the realization and expression of that understanding. Go and thank God for the little cloud … it will soon be a mighty downpour.

Verses for further meditation
Matthew 26:27; Rev 11:17

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Find something to thank God for every day.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, help me see the great triumphs you have already accomplished in my life. 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.

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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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