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          “Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise Him in the heights. Praise ye Him, all His angels: praise ye Him, all His hosts. Praise ye Him, sun and moon: praise Him, all ye stars of light. Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for He commanded, and they were created. He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: He hath made a decree which shall not pass” (Psalm 148:1-6).


            From the beginning, creation was designed to praise God. Man tends to think that he is the only part of creation with the ability to praise God. In 1796 the hymn “Praise The Lord” appeared in a hymnal presented in the Kempthorne’s Founding Hospital Collection of hymns. The song states, Praise the Lord, ye heav’ns, adore Him, Praise Him, angels, in the height; Sun and moon rejoice before Him; Praise Him, all ye stars of light. Praise the Lord, for He hath spoken; Worlds His mighty voice obeyed; Laws which never shall be broken, For their guidance He hath made.” 


            The psalmist went on to say that all of God’s creation should praise Him. He wrote that the sun, moon and stars; the waters, the elements and both the animal and plant kingdoms were to praise God (Psalm 148:3-10). These things praise God by being and doing what they were designed to be and do. The psalmist also stated, “Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the Lord: for His name alone is excellent; His glory is above the earth and heaven” (Psalm 148:11-13). The psalmist stated, “He also exalteth the horn of His people, the praise of all His saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto Him. Praise ye the Lord” (Psalm 148:14).


            The hymn states, “Praise the Lord, for He is glorious; Never shall His promise fail; God hath made His saints victorious: Sin and death shall not prevail, Praise the God of our salvation; Hosts on high, His power proclaim; Heaven, and earth, and all creation, Laud and magnify His name. Hallelujah! Amen.” God is our creator! He deserves the best that we have to offer in life. Paul wrote, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2 NKJV). 


            Paul’s love for God is clearly seen in his letters to the churches: He told the brethren at Galatia: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). The brethren at Philippi were told that in either life or death he would let the Lord be magnified, seen, in his body (Philippians 1:20). He then stated, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Paul stated that he would glory in the cross of Christ and not in his own accomplishments (the flesh). He stated, “As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Galatians 6:12-14).


            Mankind was created by and for God’s purpose. Whether we obey Him or not we will answer to Him. In the letter to the brethren at Rome we are told, “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (Romans 14:10). The brethren at Corinth were told, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10). Salvation belongs to those who have been redeemed, cleansed by the blood of Christ. Those who obey God are promised a place with Him in heaven, (Matthew 7:21-23; John 14:1-3).


            Many seek to praise God without doing what He commands. Concerning Christ Paul, told Timothy, “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (II Timothy 1:9). In his letter to the brethren at Ephesus Paul stated, “In Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will: That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ. In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:11-14).   


            If you have a desire to praise God, you must do what He tells you to do (Matthew 7:21-23).  Jesus wants to save you!  Will you submit to Him and be saved?


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