Pastor’s Message August 2018

I have been thinking about praise a lot lately.  Maybe it is because I have been reading the book of Psalms.  Did you know that the last seven chapters are all Praise Psalms? It is no coincidence that the book ends with praise to God for all He has done and for all He is.  David wrote most of the Psalms and in them he goes through almost all of the emotions a person can have, including anger, confusion, disappointment, loneliness, and even revenge.  Yet, he chooses, in the end, to give praise to God.  After all that has happened, is happening, and will yet happen in his life, he chooses to praise God.

I think David knew that praising God is really what brings people back to reality – the reality that God is God and we are not.  That no matter how much we rage and conspire against life and the circumstances that it brings our way, in the end, God is the one who is in control and who is overseeing the events of our life.  God is the one who will bring us safely through our emotions, God is the one who will order the events of our life, God is the one who will give us peace and rest and safety, and ultimately, eternal life. 

Praise gives us perspective – God’s perspective that life is more than what we can know from our own senses. There is an abundant life that Jesus promised us that comes from our relationship with Him – an abundant life that cannot be measured by our mere physical senses, but one that is measured in the spiritual realm with Christ.  And for this, we give praise to God!

Let us choose to be people of praise unto God, giving God His rightful place in our life. 

Sincerely His,
 
Pastor Michael