Posts Tagged ‘greatness’

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

Who’s in Charge?

Jun 02

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, I know some of you think you are in charge, but the truth is—uh… NO! And no… the One in charge has not placed you as second in command because He just cannot manage without your help. (One of my best girlfriends is sooooo certain she is right and I am wrong about this!!! ggggggg)

King Nebuchadnezzar was a man God did place in charge  of a kingdom. However when this power went to his head, God had an interesting way of making it clear who was really in charge. God took away his royal throne and drove him away from people. His mind became like an animal and he lived with the wild donkeys. His cuisine went from the delicacies of the royal table to fields of grass. God did this to show him who was sovereign—the One and only true God. This peculiar story is a reminder to us that whether or not we want to admit it—we are not in control.

Even a godly man like Job had to be reminded who was in charge. The sovereign Lord posed these questions to him. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?”

Dearest girlfriends, let us aknowledge the sovereignty of God found in the richness of His Word when it comes to the control of our lives.

“O king, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor. Because of the high position he gave him, all the peoples and nations and men of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled. But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like cattle; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes. ~ Daniel 5:18-21 NIV

Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?  ~ Job 38:4-7 NIV
 
It is good to say thank you to the Lord, to sing praises to the God who is above all gods. ~ Psalm 92:1 TLB

Oh What a Little Boasting Can Do!

Mar 05

by Victoria Robinson

A great accomplishment certainly seems worthy of a little crowing and yet there is the downfall. If we are not giving God all the glory, boasting will result in pride. Pride will then in turn result in our downfall. However if we are only glorifying our Lord, pride has no place in our life.

The Apostle Paul said, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ …” The prophet Jeremiah gave us this admonition, “Let them boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who is just and righteous, whose love is unfailing, and that I delight in these things.” Boasting on our Lord not only brings glory to Him, but it is instrumental in others coming to know Him. Hearing of His greatness is like salt on the tongue of the lost who will in turn seek out water—the living water of Jesus Christ!

Boasting also encourages our sisters and brothers in the Lord. Our testimony of God’s faithfulness can help others believe Him for what they need.

Dearest girlfriends, let us never boast of our own accomplishments, but only what the Lord has done.

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. ~ Proverbs 16:17 NIV
 
This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise man gloat in his wisdom, or the mighty man in his might, or the rich man in his riches. Let them boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who is just and righteous, whose love is unfailing, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken! ~ Jeremiah 9:23-24 NLT
 
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. ~ Galatians 6:14 NIV
 
But, “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. ~ 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 NIV
 
My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. ~ Psalm 34:2 NIV
 
In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever. ~ Psalm 44:8 NIV

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
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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