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The Purity of Praise

Nov 16

by Victoria Robinson

The Word of God shows us that God inhabits the praises of His people. Since God is pure, then when we choose to praise Him we are focusing on purity.

The psalmist said, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  Wow! If we would align our hearts with this same truth and praise our heavenly Father for how He chose to create us then the purity of praising Him would set us free. Free from thoughts like …

 I hate being short!

 I hate being tall!

 I hate my thin and stringy hair!

 I hate my thick and frizzy hair!

 I hate the color of my eyes!

 I hate my small feet!

 I hate my big feet!

 I hate my nose!

When we use the purity of praise we align with the truth. The truth is that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made by our heavenly Father. Therefore whatever height, hair, eyes, and feet we have were designed in perfection. Yet as women we can easily get focused on what we do not like about our bodies instead of understanding the freedom that protects us when we praise God for His wonderful creation.

If you are ready to focus on the purity of praise then Psalm 150 is a great place to start. This psalm is a doxology which is a declaration of praise to God or a brief hymn expressing His power and glory. Within this short Psalm the word praise is found thirteen times! Have fun praising the Lord girlfriends!

Psalm 150

Praise the LORD. 

Praise God in his sanctuary;

praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him for his acts of power;

praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,

praise him with the harp and lyre,

praise him with tambourine and dancing,

praise him with the strings and flute,

praise him with the clash of cymbals,

praise him with resounding cymbals. 

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. 

Praise the LORD.

Dearest girlfriends, let us focus on the purity of praising our heavenly Father rather than bemoaning the lies the enemy of our souls tells us.

But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. ~ Psalm 22:3 NKJV 

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. ~ Psalm 139:13-16 NIV 

Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! ~ Psalm 147:1 NIV 

Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. ~ Psalm 150:1-6 NIV

Only You—A Love Song For Him

Mar 24

by Victoria Robinson

The 1954 classic song, Only You, performed by The Platters certainly has a lot of scriptural truth in it, though maybe not what the writer intended. While this song speaks of a man who loves a woman, the words perfectly characterize the way we should love our Lord. Let us look at these words as a love song to Him, our—Only You!

Only you can make this world seem right
Only you can make the darkness bright
Only you and you alone can thrill me like you do and fill my heart with love for only you
Only you can make this change in me for it’s true, you are my destiny
When you hold my hand I understand the magic that you do
You’re my dream come true my one and only you
One and only you
 
— The Platters 1954
 
It is only the Lord who truly … 
  • Can make this world seem right …
When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm. Selah ~ Psalm 75:3 NIV
 
  • Can make the darkness bright …
O Lord, you are my light! You make my darkness bright. ~ 2 Samuel 22:29 TLB
 
  • Can thrill me like He does …
 
You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done. ~ Psalm 92:4 NLT
 
  • Can fill my heart with love for only Him …
And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. ~ Romans 5:5 NLT
 
  • Can make this change in me …
Humans give life to their children. Yet only God’s Spirit can change you into a child of God. ~ John 3:6 CEV 
 
  • Is my destiny …
In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. ~ John 14:2-3 NIV
 
  • Can hold my hand …
If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. ~ Psalm 139:8-10 NIV
 
  • Is my dream come true … 
Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things … ~ Psalm 103:2-5 NIV

Dearest girlfriends, won’t you make Him your One and Only today!

Is an Informal Invitation Acceptable?

Jan 12

by Victoria Robinson

I enjoy collecting antique etiquette books. One in my collection is Etiquette—The Blue Book of Social Usage written in 1922 by Emily Post. It is interesting to see the different societal changes that have taken place. One such change is the use of a verbal invitation via the telephone. Apparently at some point this informal form of invitation was considered to be a disgraceful way to invite someone to an event. By 1922 Emily Post now finds this informal verbal invitation acceptable.

THE INVITATION BY TELEPHONE
Custom which has altered many ways and manners has taken away all opprobrium from the message by telephone, and with the exception of those of a very small minority of letter-loving hostesses, all informal invitations are sent and answered by telephone. Such messages, however, follow a prescribed form:
Emily Post,  Etiquette—The Blue Book of Social Usage, 1922

Yet long before 1922 there came a verbal form of invitation that was considered wonderful. This invitation has a prescribed form as well. It requires a couple of important things be included in the invitation: sincerity and praise. The psalmist tells us our heavenly Father inhabits the praises of His people. Praising our heavenly Father is a verbal invitation to have Him come over. So get your invitations ready girlfriends! Start praising Him now and expect Him to show up.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would live a life of praise to our heavenly Father so that we continually extend an invitation for Him to come over.
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. ~ Psalm 22:3 KJV
  
Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. ~ Psalm 150:1-6 NIV
 
My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long. ~ Psalm 71:8 NIV
  • Afterthoughts …

You have already received a written formal invitation to a heavenly dinner party. Click Heaven to RSVP

Heaven

Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. ~ Matthew 22:9-10 NIV

The Big Guy Upstairs?

Nov 27

by Victoria Robinson

Hallelujah! What a beautiful word that has a glorious connotation. Who knew it is really a slang word of sorts. (Well, not really, but work with me here.) It is Hebrew for “praise Yah” (shortened form of Yahweh). It is not uncommon slang for our Lord to be called “the big guy upstairs”. Can’t you just hear someone who uses that term say, “Praise ya big guy upstairs!”  For the rest of us that would translate as,  “Praise ye the Lord.” Girlfriends, please understand I have the utmost reverence and holy fear of our heavenly Father, but there certainly are people who think of the Lord as, “the big guy upstairs”.

There are a multitude of reasons we should praise our Lord. One compelling reason is that an entire Psalm was devoted to commanding us to praise ye the Lord. Consider also the fact that dreariness of heart is detrimental to our emotional state of being and it is a wonderful remedy to have a heart that is constantly singing, “Praise ye the Lord!” Occupying our hearts with magnificent thoughts such as Hallelujah is one way to guard off the enemy, not to mention a great way to practice our praise that will last all eternity. Heaven is going to be a place beyond our wildest imaginations where we will worship our heavenly Father. Sounds so fabulous doesn’t it girlfriends?

Dearest girlfriends, may the praise of hallelujah be in our hearts and on our lips as we worship our heavenly Father.

Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!” Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! … ~ Revelation 19:5-7 NIV
 
O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD. ~ Psalm 117:1-2 KJV
 
Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.  Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.  Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.  Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. ~ Psalm 150:1-6 KJV