Daily Archives: July 19, 2021
Psalm 50:7-9, 21-23 (ESV)
7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify against you.
I am God, your God.
8 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
9 I will not accept a bull from your house
or goats from your folds.
21 These things you have done, and I have been silent;
you thought that I was one like yourself.
But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.
22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God,
lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!
23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!”
“He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me” (Psalm 50:23)
Try to visualize a pie chart with this title: How I Spend My Prayer Time. In this chart are several different slices: Intercessory Prayer, Repentance, Listening, and Praising. Maybe Dozing Off and Daydreaming too! Now, suppose you’re pressed for time and have only ten minutes to pray. How big would you cut each slice in relation to the whole?
A well-known Pentecostal teacher once claimed that if he had only ten minutes to spend in a prayer, he would spend eight of those minutes just praising God. That’s an unusual answer because it leaves only two minutes for all the other important forms of prayer!
Would you agree that the simple act of praising God is worthy of a large slice of your prayer life? There are many reasons to say yes, but the most straightforward reason is this: “God is worthy of my praise and honor. He just is!”
God is, without a doubt is gracious, loving, merciful, and forgiving. He listens carefully to all of your prayers. He pours out blessings and gifts, especially the Holy Spirit, into your life. He keeps no embittered record of the wrongs you have committed against him if we turn to him in true repentance. Instead, he treasures you and honors your desires to do good.
At the same time, our God is also the majestic creator of all that is. Our own galaxy is mind-boggling in both size and complexity, yet it’s only one of billions of galaxies. That’s how awesome God is. It’s no wonder the saints and angels forever fall to their knees, declaring, “Worthy are you, Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things” (Revelation 4:11).
Are you looking to invite heaven into your day? Devote a large slice of time to praising the Lord. Praise him for his love; praise him for his greatness. And for those times you don’t feel like doing it, make a sacrifice of praise. Lay aside your tiredness or frustration, and recall everything you know about him. Write out your own personal reasons to praise him that no one else shares. Read them out to him – or even sing them to him!