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I Will Exalt The One Who Lifted Me (Video)

 

Lyrics:

What can I say? What can I do?
What can I bring to offer You?
There is no gold, no precious pearl,
nothing on earth that compares to You.

Lord, here I stand with empty hands.

I will exalt the one who lifted me
out of the miry clay to heights of eagle’s wings.
Words cannot express. All I know is this:
You changed me. You changed me.

I will remember how I used to be.
I was so bound, but now I’m free.
I will exalt the one who lifted me.

I’ve never known a father like You,
a love that is strong, so gentle and true.
You hold me close, just like a child.
Safe in Your arms, there is no doubt.
This is my place. This is the way.

I will exalt the one who lifted me
out of the miry clay to heights of eagle’s wings.
Words cannot express. All I know is this:
You changed me. You changed me.

I can remember how I used to be.
I was so bound, but now I’m free.
I will exalt the one who lifted me.

 

 

We Wanna See Jesus Lifted High (Worship video)

 

All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name – Paul Baloche (Lyric Video)

 

A house of prayer for all nations

Spurgeon carnival warningIf you have to give a carnival to get people to come to church, then you will have to keep giving carnivals to keep them coming back. (Charles Spurgeon)

The word of the Lord God came to the prophet Isaiah and was thus written:

Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. (Isaiah 56:7, KJV)

The Church is called to love and serve the Lord. And this is indeed expressed by faith in action. The best way to put faith in action is to worship God in Spirit and in truth. Now the worship of God is a joy to those who believe in him. Yes JOY and not entertainment. Though joy and entertainment might look like good things, the joy of the Lord is holy and the glory is reflected back to God. While in entertainment the emphasis is on self, as in how oneself feels pleasure. In worship your main focus must be to make God happy by your sincere praise.

So if there is sincere praise, would it be possible that there is something known as insincere praise? O yes there is. Insincere praise is when a person who claims to love Jesus doesn’t want to glorify the Lord God and doesn’t want to respect God’s word. The Evil One tries to stop the true praise of God. When he can’t get people to quit coming to church and go into the world for sinning, he tries something else. He tries to get the world into the church. I’m not blaming a particular nation’s Christian worship, though in contemporary culture its become a fad to only make a scapegoat of the worlds most envied country (I need not name it) while blissfully neglecting the mess in one’s own nation.

A very foolish way to worship God is try to ensure that the worship of God must be an entertainment filled event. Worship doesn’t mean that you are competing with the great Mozart himself. You must not lose focus on God at all. Your church might not have its personal Ludwig van Beethoven but that doesn’t mean that you feel upset about your music and try to imitate the self glorifying music of the world. Be happy if you have a good lyricist or a good set of hymns but seek to actually praise God. Don’t worry about the world and what it says. You come to church to praise the Lord and not the world!

In the same light, we need not use the profane elements of the world into singing praises to God. Such worship is not acceptable unto God. Do not believe any lie that says that we are to attract people to church with our singing. Jesus told his disciples to preach the Gospel. He didn’t say that sing some songs and perhaps people will assemble to hear the Gospel. We are called to preach Christ crucified.

For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Corinthians 1:22-25)

“The devil has seldom done a more clever thing, than hinting to the Church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them.” (Charles Spurgeon)

Now don’t get me wrong, I do agree that it’s unwise to sing always on a flat note and with rusty guitar strings. My point is that a worship service is to be a worship service unto God and not for the pleasure of man. To that effect, our main focus is to be Jesus the Son of God in our praise. Give thanks to the Lord God for sending his Holy Spirit to guide us in the truth of God. That’s what the church is about. Not some entertainment center but rather a house of prayer for all nations.

Christ be with you!

Fasting as an act of worship

Fasting is a time when you put a stop on eating food so that you can spend that time in prayer. It’s not the same as dieting therefore where the purpose is to lose weight instead of doing worship.

In other religions fasting is seen as a way to appease their gods to grant them a wish so that they make their life better. Due to this they have specific times in the year dedicated to fasting. Now even in the Christian faith we do fast at times, though we are free to fast whenever the Holy Spirit leads us. Here the emphasis on fasting is not gain favors from the Lord. Instead here we are to fast so as to concentrate on the things of the Spirit and pay little (or no) attention to things of the earth. This doesn’t mean we neglect our earthly responsibilities.concentrate

What happens in the course of eating too much? People sometimes get too engrossed in worldly things that they miss out on discipline. We are called to hear the voice of Jesus the good shepherd. At times others voices too call out to us which must be rejected if they try to lead us away from God. These are the voices of fame, fortune, pleasure, food and drink etc.

If one is too engrossed in satisfying his physical needs alone, it gives the Devil a chance to tempt him. Not that you can’t resist him even then but when you are balanced and sober you can really fight back really hard against the Evil one.

Though the below verse doesn’t relate directly to fasting, it shows us that the word of God is supersedes our physical needs.

Matthew 4:4 But Jesus answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Keep away from worldly pleasures if you are to walk closely with God. Remember the story of Esau in Genesis 25:29-34 Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted.  And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.) Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Due to his over indulgence to the needs of the flesh, Esau lost out on his heritage both in the physical and supernatural. Now his behavior is an extreme case, though the lesson we are to learn from this is never to value things of the flesh no matter how legal they seem, more than the things of the Lord God. fasting

In the same way at certain times in your life one must keep away from things that could distract you from seeking God even if they seem sincere. This could even mean keeping away from food (temporarily) so that you can worship God and hear his voice.

Now a word of caution, fasting or not fasting is not a trick to manipulate God into blessing you. Nor is fasting with foolish intentions or wicked living ever encouraged in the Bible.

1 Corinthians 8:8  Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.

Isaiah 58:3-7 ‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’ Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers. Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord? “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

When you fast take some time to seek to the Lord in prayer. If you are working then adjust your timings or even take a leave so that you can fast and pray together. The reason for this is that you don’t gain notice of others who may praise you for fasting. Matthew 6:18 says that, That your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Worship God out of respect for him. Fast because you want to show you value the Lord over your physical need to have food. No need to go on fasting forever nor to injure yourself due to self neglect. Fasting of a day or two is fine, maybe more if your body permits. If you are on medication or have come out of surgery then do consult your doctor before going on a fast.

It’s highly advisable that during such times of fasting and prayer that you read the Bible and meditate on it. Try to find out what the Holy Spirit wants to you read in the Bible. Do it all well because its your special time with the Lord Jesus.

Sing to the Lord

praiseSing to the Lord for he is good!

There are people who express their emotions to their loved ones. People send letters, tweets and pictures to show it. Some even sing for the people they love. How much more must we express our love and gratitude to the Lord God who is worthy of being loved and adored forever?

Singing to the Lord God is not just something that was done in the New Testament. Singing to the Lord God was done even in Old Testament times.

Moses and the Jews sang to the Lord after being delivered from the oppressive rule of the Pharaoh of Egypt.

Exodus 15:1 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: “I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.

When the Jews empowered by God won against the king of Canaan, then their judges Deborah and Barak too sang unto the Lord.

Judges 5:3 Hear, O you kings; give ear, O you princes; I, even I, will sing to the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.

In fact the books of Psalms in the Old Testament has a lot of songs to God. Even king David who wrote the Psalms loved singing praises to Holy One.

Psalm 100:1-5 A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 71:23 My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.

Now I would strongly recommend that you sing Bible based songs.

The purpose of singing to the Lord is to glorify him and not us. This is where the Bible comes very handy in discerning true and pure worship songs which exalt God alone. With all due respect, we must totally avoid any praise and worship songs that are NOT true praise and worship songs. Let me make this real to you, any songs that portray any race, gender or church ministries in a hyped out way are invalid songs. Any songs that sing about great achievers or great works without mention of God’s hand in it are unbiblical.

Sing in whatever style you can that gives him honor.

I sing to Jesus in different styles such a classical, rock and pop. I never think one style of singing is greater than the other when it comes to praising the Lord Jesus. What matters most is not whether you have a great voice but in fact its your intentions towards God. You need to sing with faith and sing with courage. If you could get a musical instrument while singing to Christ it would be better for its a great enhancement to your worship of God.

Worship at Church not just in prayers but songs too.

In church there are certain times dedicated to singing praises unto the Lord. Make good use of such times to praise God joyfully. Don’t bother if the person next to you in church is singing off tune. This is not a time to get distracted, say a quick prayer in your mind to get patience and then continue singing. Keep it between you and the Lord so that you don’t get distracted.

Here are a few worship songs that you can sing to God:

 

 

 

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Scriptures on singing that you can reflect on:

2 Chronicles 7:6 The priests stood at their posts; the Levites also, with the instruments for music to the Lord that King David had made for giving thanks to the Lord—for his steadfast love endures forever—whenever David offered praises by their ministry; opposite them the priests sounded trumpets, and all Israel stood.

Psalm 68:32-35 O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, Selah to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice. Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose power is in the skies. Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!

Psalm 71:23 My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.

Psalm 150:4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

1 Corinthians 14:15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

James 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

Hebrews 13:15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

Revelation 5:9 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

Revelation 14:3 And they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.

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