Praise be to You, O Lord,
God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is Yours.
Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom;
You are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from You;
You are the ruler of all things.
In Your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give You thanks,
and praise Your glorious name.
1 Chronicles 29:10-13
As we come to the closing of King David's life, he has received plans for the temple from the Spirit of God (1 Ch 28:12) and he has provided the materials needed to build the temple (1 Ch 29:2-3). He now goes before the leaders of Israel and asks them to bring their own gifts of consecration (a solemn commitment of your life or your time to some cherished purpose ) to God. Because of the generosity of the leaders, David offers up this prayer of praise to God (1 Ch 29:10-13) proclaiming that God is most worthy to receive everything that they have because everything in both heaven and earth belong to God.
Have you discovered the worthiness of God? Have you ever been so overwhelmed by His greatness that your heart has overflowed with joy? Praise that is genuine includes both the heart and the mind. It's so overwhelming that it wells up within you until you feel as if your spirit may burst with such exuberant emotion of God's greatness. Praise towards Him comes from our joy and gratitude for all He has done in our life (Luke 10:21). When we praise Him, we draw closer to Him and it brings satisfaction to our soul.
"I will praise You as long as I live,
and in Your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you."
When our heart is full of love for God, it can not keep quiet. Whether we are in pain or praising Him, our heart needs to express the passion within it. God is worthy of all of our praise!! Jesus said that "the stones will cry out" (Luke 19:40) if we keep silent. We were made to praise Him, love Him and worship Him!! When was the last time you fell upon your face in total abandonment just worshipping and praising the Maker?
God has done so much for us and given us more than we deserve. He has forgiven our sins, He has redeemed our souls, He has crowned us with love, He has renewed our lives, He has satisfied our souls and He has given us His Son. All of these are such great and mighty things and it is worthy of our praise!! Praising Him brings Him honor and it pleases Him and when we worship and praise Him, we come into His presence and are blessed by His greatness.
Allow the wonder and the majesty of who God is to permeate your heart and soul. Show God your total adoration of Him through the posture of your body. Fall before Him or dance like David. Worship and praise Him in a way that you never have before because HE IS WORTHY!!!
"My heart is steadfast, O God;
I will sing and make music with all my soul.
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise You, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of You among the peoples.
For great is Your love, higher than the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the nations,
and let Your glory be over all the earth."
Written by Nicole