Psalm 148 is the most solemn and earnest call to all the creations to praise the creator according to their capacity. • Human is not the only creature that praises God, human is one among the many creatures that praise God. • All creatures other than angels and human beings bring Glory to God by simply being themselves and fulfilling their God given roles in the created order. —-more—- • When God expects all of His creations including angels, sun, moon and stars, sea creatures, birds and animals, kings, princes, judges, young and old, men and women, to praise Him, if we as human don’t praise Him, He will make the stones to cry out to Him. He has exalted the horn of His people who praise Him and lifted them up with all honor, glory, strength and power.
Psalm 146 could be summarized as below. • If we Know our God (V 6-9) and Do What He Says (V3-5), we will not die, but we will Live to Praise Him (V1-2 & 10). • We know Our God who is a Creator, Giver, Miracle Worker, Champion & Encourager, Guardian & Protector & Defender of Widows and Orphans. • And if we do what he wants us to do by trusting Him and being Happy, We must not die, but live in order to praise Him.
In Psalm 71, David is painting a picture of life to portray how Praise is involved in all the phases of life right from birth till death. God wants us to praise Him continuously. Living Praise lives along with us all through our lives. Psalm 71 can be sectioned as below. • Miracle of the Past – Start praising God for creating you, your children,—-more—- the unborn, still not conceived, those who failed to make it from the mother’s womb. • Wonder of the Present – In the midst of adversities, hardships and trials, God can make you a wonder to many when your mouth is filled with – not evil words, not negative words, not empty words, but praises to God. • Favor of the Future – Old age could be complex. You need God’s favor to survive in that age, and that favor comes from our continual praises to God. • Purpose of the Rest – The purpose of the rest of your life is to declare God’s strength and power to the next generation. Ministering to your own children and involving yourself in children and youth ministry.
Zechariah 9:12 Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you. In this year 2021, God is extending an invitation for us to return to the stronghold, that is God Himself. Also God is declaring a double restoration for us. —-more—-If we return to the city of refuge, the Stronghold, we will see God’s favor in our lives as He is going to restore double of those things that we lost in the previous years.
Life is all about coming out of the house of bondage, traveling through the wilderness, reaching our earthly Canaan, living there until time comes to go the heavenly Canaan. As we are about to enter into the New Year, • God wants us to know there are tests on our way, it doesn’t matter if we are in the wilderness or in Canaan. —-more—- • God tests us in our wilderness to see if we humble ourselves, to see what is in our hearts and to teach us spiritual truths through our lacks and scarcities or shortages. • God tests us in our earthly Canaan to see if we still follow God, if we still love Him and still serve Him even when we are blessed with all the material blessings. • He tests us to see if we rely on ourselves saying we achieved everything by our strength. • It is important to remember the God of our wilderness and humbly walk in His presence to follow His commandments. • If not, He doesn’t qualify us to enter into the eternal Canaan, instead he destroys us as He destroyed His enemies. • All that we said is summarized in Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
Advent is a season of hope for tomorrow. We have our hope on Lord Jesus Christ because, 1. He is Sovereign – Advent reminds us that Jesus is Sovereign, He works beyond our limitations, there is nothing that could stop Him and nothing that could ever surprise Him —-more—- 2. He is a Hope Giver – When hopelessness and despair abounds around us, Advent reminds us to look at the one who gives us hope for tomorrow 3. He is the God of Tomorrow – If we really observe Advent, we will lose sight from our today’s limitations and put our hope on the God of tomorrow.