Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas: Time to Worship and Praise

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.” Luke 1:46-47

Who do we praise? The Mighty King, the Great I AM, the Lord God Almighty, our Savior!
What do we praise? His love, his salvation, his mercy, his goodness; all his beautiful gifts!
Where can we praise? Anywhere we breathe.
When is the proper time to worship our Savior? Anytime we breathe.
How do we praise and worship? Genuinely, from the heart, spontaneously, knowing what He has done for us, from a child's heart.

In his book Experiencing God Day by Day, Dr. Henry Blackaby writes:
'You should never have difficulty thinking of reasons why God deserves your praise...
As you contemplate the boundless love and mercy God has shown you,
you will want to sing His praises as Mary did.
Spontaneous praise is authentic praise.
It does not have to be manipulated or orchestrated.
It is a real and personal expression of a grateful heart and wonder-filled life that has encountered
Holy God.'

We can never praise Him enough. . . .

Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Psalm 105:1-3