Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Language of praise

I've been thinking a lot the past few days. I'm not sure that this will be a very cohesive post as I don't 
fully grasp these concepts myself. But maybe writing about it will help me to process. :)

As I started to "put off" things like complaining and wallowing, I began to see that I don't have much of a vocabulary for praise. I found myself in awe of  
God many times and all I could say was, "amazing"or "awesome". Two great words, but there has to be much more to say about God and to God in the 
ways of praise. So, I want to be taught how to praise God beyond one word exclamations. I pray that 
He would cultivate in me a heart of praise that overflows with thanksgiving to Him in all circumstances. I want to be able to truly rejoice in Him at all times.

I've started reading 31 days of praise to help get me in the habit of praying
and praising God:

Here are some passages that I have been reading:

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
(Colossians 4:6 ESV)

Praise in Heaven:

[Isaiah's Vision of the Lord]
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:      

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

  And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
(Isaiah 6:1-7 ESV)

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight.
(Revelation 4:6-7; Revelation 4:8-11 ESV) And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”

  And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”
 (Revelation 4:6-7; Revelation 4:8-11 ESV)

And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
  and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”

  Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
(Revelation 5:6-14 ESV)

1 comment:

My Life as a Mom said...

Sounds like a good book maybe I can borrow it?:)

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