Praise: Byproduct of true Happiness
Verse for Today: Sunday, December 12, 2010
Verse for Today: Sunday, December 12, 2010
Psalms 84:4 - How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You.
It is nice to know where we are in our hearts and thoughts. Such knowledge will help us to behave accordingly. When we loose track of such understanding, we might fall into behaviors which are unbecoming of our standing. This is of uttermost importance to God's children who are seated in the Heavenly Places. They are there because of the mercy and grace of our God. It has pleased Him to place us in His presence permanently. He paid the price for us to be in His presence forever through the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. Those how are in God's presence are the happiest people who are blessed with all the blessings of the Heavenly places. The Lord changed their old nature and gave them a new nature and put us in the control of His Spirit who fills us with His happiness. This is the true nature of the blessed people who are happy people with the happiness of God who is the true Blissful One. They are happy to be in the presence of God and are able to enjoy the full measure of God's grace and love. In God's presence, they enjoy the fellowship of Triune God. They can always speak to God and God in turn speaks to them and listens to them. They become overwhelmed with the wonder and awe of the dignity and decorum of the glory of God. They absorb the strength and power of God for their daily living. They enjoy the peace of God which passes all understanding. They have innumerable reasons to praise God day after day. They realize what God has done for their souls and what He is doing daily for their lives here one earth. If they recount all the blessings they have received from God, it would be beyond their capacity to praise Him adequately. All of these make life in the presence of God exciting.
Dear friend, are you aware of the blessedness that you are in? Do you know the extent of blessings which are bestowed upon you through the salvation that you received free of charge by God? Do you realize that it cost God the Father the very life of His Beloved Son to grant you salvation? That tells how much God loves you and wants to keep you in His presence. He wants you to dwell in His presence because He wants to have continuous fellowship with you. But in order for you to be able to have continuous fellowship with God, you would need to confess all sins which grip your life knowingly or unknowingly. Thus when you go to God with a contrite heart, He will forgive you of all your shortcomings and keep you in continuous fellowship with Him. This is the sure way to continue to be in happiness and a time of praise to God for all that He has done for you. Nothing in this world could ever buy the kind of happiness that the presence of God would give you. The happiness that God gives you is happiness which knows no measure. It is not dependent on circumstances or situations. It is not a result of any human achievements. It is not earned through any human effort and cannot be purchased with wealth or prestige. It is not reserved for any particular class of people. It is a free gift from God to all His children by virtue of their standing in God through faith in Jesus Christ. Its direct result is continuous praise and worship for who God is and what God has done for us. When one is full or praise, there won't be any room for complaints, anxiety, tension, apprehension and similar emotions. It knows no disappointments. It is based fully on faith and trust in the Lord. It believes all things spoken by God and claims all His promises by faith. It helps the believer grow in spiritual stature and mature in their love for the Lord. It develops trust and helps to climb the mountains of faith to reach new heights of adventures of a life which clings on to the mighty power of the Lord who has called us. Today let us praise God for giving us all the blessings of the heavenly places. Let us vouch to continue to dwell in the presence of the Lord and mature in our praise to Him.
Psalms 16:11 - You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence in fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Thought for Today
A life which doesn't portray true happiness and praise is an indication that such persons do not appropriate heavenly blessings given to them on a daily basis.
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