"All together now - applause for God! Sing songs to the tune of His glory, set glory to the rhythms of His praise. Say of God,
'We've never seen anything like Him!'" (Psalms 66:1-3 LB)
David says he blesses the Lord at all times.
In another place he says seven times a day I praise the Lord.
The Apostle Paul says he prays without ceasing, "I pray with my understanding and I pray in the Spirit. I sing with the understanding and I sing in the Spirit."
Jude tells us to pray in the Holy Ghost to build ourselves up.
We're admonished over and over throughout the scriptures to give God the glory. He is worthy. How about stopping right now...sit back in your chair or stand up and begin to applaud the Lord and sing Him a song of praise.
Maybe you're reading this at work or at a local coffee shop with internet access and feel you can’t make a public display of your praise. Well, do it silently but loudly on the inside of you.
I heard an amazing account of a missionary who traveled throughout China ministering in the secret house churches where soldiers were on the lookout for any Christian activity.
The people gathered in the darkened rooms listening as the leader whispered the reading of God’s precious Word. Then, they mouthed the hymns in a lip-sync fashion, singing in silence, songs of praise to their mighty God.
I taught a Bible study with a college/career group and we did that to experience what our persecuted Chinese brothers and sisters were going through. IT WAS POWERFUL.
Try it. Sing loudly with all your heart but with no sound.
I've done this at times, in public places, where I wanted to give praise to my King. Instantly, I sense Him very near. I can only imagine how powerful His presence is in the loud praises sung in silence in darkened rooms filled with believers who dare to gather and give God glory.
Bless our God, O peoples!
Give Him a thunderous welcome!
Didn't He set us on the road to life?
Didn't He keep us out of the ditch?
He trained us first, passed us like silver through refining fires,
brought us into hardscrabble country, pushed us to our very limit,
road-tested us inside and out, took us to hell and back;
finally He brought us to this well-watered place.
I'm bringing my prizes and presents to Your house.
I'm doing what I said I'd do, what I solemnly swore
I'd do that day when I was in so much trouble...(16-18)
All believers, come here and listen, let me tell you what God did for me.
I called out to Him with my mouth, my tongue shaped the
sounds of music...He most surely did listen,
He came on the double when He heard my prayer.
Blessed be God: He didn't turn a deaf ear,
He stayed with me, loyal in His love."
God has blessed us with blessings upon blessings hasn't He? Yes, He has.