• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Praising God All The Time

“Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.” Psalm 113:1

“Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.” Psalm 113:2

The call to praise God is to praise Him now. Praise is appropriate at all times and in any and every situation. It‘s a commandment. Praise the Lord! Alleluia is Latin for “Praise the Lord!” One Hebrew word for praise is Halal (haw-lal’) from which we derive Hallelujah. Three common Greek words we use often in worship are, Doxa (dox’-ah) the root word for Doxology, Eulogeo (Eu-log-eh’-o)from which comes Eulogy, and Arete (ar-et’ay)meaning Virtue, valor goodness or excellence.

The name of the Lord is a great starting place for praise. That name is blessed. I like to say Bles-sed. There is something weightier and richer with meaning for me to say bles-sed. It reminds me that the name of Jesus is the origin of all that has been blessed, all that is blessed, and all that will be blessed. There is no higher expression of blessing than “Bles-sed be the name of the Lord, for He has been given a name that is above every name. At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow in heaven and in earth”

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of thingsin heaven, andthingsin earth, andthingsunder the earth; andthatevery tongue should confess thatJesus ChristisLord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11

“And every creature which isin heaven, andon the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, beunto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” Revelation 5:13

“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.” Psalm 113:3

When should we praise the name of the Lord? Now?, Later on today?, Tonight?, In the morning?, In the afternoon?, In the evening? Yes, and at all the times. Praise puts us in touch with the heavenly realm. Praise makes a bridge for us from the natural to the supernatural. Praise expands our understanding of God. Praise places us strategically in a position to hear from God.

Now we, all humankind, can praise in two dimensions, the spiritual and the natural. All praise of God is spiritual whether by spoken word or meditated thought. Our thoughts, our words our meditations (imaginings) are either praising and glorifying God or they are by default or intent praising what and who are not God (the world, the flesh and the devil). Singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord is spiritual. Singing with the spirit and singing with the understanding, all of these bring us into the spirit realm.

“God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

The spirit part of worship is singing, clapping hands, raising hands, shouting, kneeling, dancing, laying prostrate before Him, all that we do when we stand to lift up our songs of love to the Father. But there is another dimension. Jesus said we must worship the Father in spirit and in truth. Jesus said, "I Am the Way, and The Truth and The Life.” Jesus said of the Word of God the Father, “Thy Word is Truth.”

Truth is eternal, supernatural and unchangeable. Truth is a constant force of life producing power emanating from God and God only. All else is a lie. There is not atruth of this situation and anothertruth of that situation. All truth is found in God. Truth is dynamic. It is not static. It is active, not changing in nature but constant and alive with the power of God to overcome all that is not of God.

Truth for the believer is doing the will of God in every area of our lives. We worship in spirit but our worship is empty if it does not flow from a life of and in pursuit of the truth.

For years, before I became a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, I bought into one lie, one deception, one selfish pursuit instilled by the enemy, after another. In my youth the world (not my parents, thank you) told me when you get old enough to be on our own if you want a house or car or good clothes or opportunities to travel, to own cool things, you are going to need to get them on credit, it’s just the way things are. You’re going to be in debt so you might as well get all the pleasure you want now, and you can mortgage your future to pay for it.

The world told me, and I bought into it for far too long, that if I didn’t seek all the pleasure I could have now I would grow old and live in constant regret that I didn’t do everything that my mind could imagine or pursue, every curiosity of my flesh; that I would be sad and lonely and depressed by age 35.

I bought in to the lie that the only way to have anything was to hoard up everything I could and gather to myself as many “things” as I could then I would be happy and have lots of friends. How many of you know that song that says, “…when money’s gone and all your spending ends they (your “friends”) don’t come aroun’ no more?

Like many in my generation of the 60s, surrounded by the doomsayers, I bought into the lie that I wouldn’t want to bring a child into this evil, cruel world, that we’d all be annihilated by the time we were 30 any way so eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow may never come. It was a lie then and it is still a lie today.

But thanks be to God, one day I found the truth kneeling on an old rug on a basement floor with tears and joy mingling in me as the Word or Life was ministered into my heart. The simple truth then is still the truth today, if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead you shall be saved. (Romans 10:9-10) With men it is impossible but with God all things are possible.

I rose up a new creation in Christ Jesus. The Spirit of Truth was ministered to me and took up residence in me and that Spirit calls from deep within me to commune with the heart of God. That Spirit always leads us in the way of righteousness. That Spirit always stirs in us a desire to know and to want to do and to do the will of God.

It is by the Word of life sown in our hearts by hearing the Word, by preaching, by teaching, by meditation, by putting into practice the commandments of God for our lives that we come into the knowledge of the Truth.

Praise is a decision, a deliberate act of our human wills to step out of the limits of the natural into the limitless realm of the supernatural. Praise is good now and forever. Praise pleases God.

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Everybody praise the Lord!

This would be an excellent time for you to pause for a moment and just sing and pray in the spirit. Make melody in your heart to the Lord. With hands lifted high, with a heart of thanksgiving, praise the Lord!


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