Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.
(Psalms 108:3 (NIV))
Do you and I have the faith to praise the Lord among the nations?
Think about that for a moment. Are we willing to step outside of our comfort zones and risk the ridicule of people that we don’t know if we take a stand for God? Are we willing to look foolish in the eyes of the world and speak out in praise of the God of creation? Are we willing to tell the world, or even only the people that we know, the great things that the Lord has done?
Think about those questions and then answer a few simple questions about whether you praise the Lord when gathered with other believers.
Do you lift you hands in praise or do you sit there with arms folded? Do you lift your eyes to the Lord or do you look around the room trying to see who is doing what? Do you lift you voice in song or do you refuse to utter a single sound? Do you feel the power of the Holy Spirit or do you feel the call of you watch?
We were created to praise God. We were created to acknowledge the Lord before others.
Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
(Matthew 10:32 (NIV))
Have you ever heard the saying “dumb as a box of rocks?”
If we don’t have the common sense and intelligence to give praise where praise is due, then we are told exactly what will happen.
I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.
(Luke 19:40 (NIV))
In other words, if we are ashamed to acknowledge the Lord and praise Him, then God will make the rocks cry out in His praise. Can you imagine how you will be received in heaven if God has to make the rocks cry out because you failed to lift Him up in praise among the people? I honestly don’t think that you will hear the following words.
His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
(Matthew 25:21 (NIV))
There is one thing that we must faithfully remember.
Don’t be ashamed to praise His name!