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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Enter into His Praise"

Date published: 12/18/2017
Psalm 27:4 “One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple.” (NIV)  

    As I read this verse, I visualize a person caught up in the aura of praising God. I have a confession… I find praise difficult. I know that is not good. Praise is a natural expression that flows out of your relationship with Christ. It reflects not only what God is doing in your life, but also your intimacy with Him. I believe many people struggle as I do with praise. But I have found that the following five passions help praise to flow from me: 

1)   I must make God my daily portion , so that He is the sustenance of my life. Without God I am empty, famished, and destitute of true satisfaction.  In Psalm 73:26 Asaph says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (NIV)

2)   My daily quest must be to know Christ more deeply and passionately. Every activity and thought of mine must ruminate around better knowing Jesus.  Psalm 42:1-2 declares, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (NIV)

3)   My heart for God must beat with the desire to love Him more deeply.  The wholeness of my heart depends upon my intimate love for Jesus.  Luke 10:27 challenges us to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind...” (NIV)

4)   I must live my life for God. The more we submit each activity, emotion, and dream to God, the more we will experience His life and work in us. John writes in John 14:23, “Jesus replied, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.’” (NIV)

5)   I must be still and wait on God so as to allow Him to fill my life with Himself. Praise naturally flows from this position. God proclaims in Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." (NIV) 

   These five passions will help imbue God’s presence, love, and work in a way that makes the welling up of praise to naturally occur in me. Praise is difficult for me, but only because I have not lived consistently in these passions:

·         Making God the reason for my life.

·         Desiring God more than the things on this earth.

·         Allowing my love for God to consume everything else in my life.

·         Devoting my life to God allows His life to be lived out through me.

·         Giving God time and attention, so that His power and life overwhelm the things of this world. 

   Living passionately in these five areas allows praise to flow more naturally from me. Hope this helps you enter more easily into praising your Lord! 

Psalm 63:2-5 “I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory.  Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You.  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. (NIV) 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Deeper with God” and “Transformation: Part 1.” 

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