A Life Which Produces Glory and Praise to God

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, what things are true, what things are dignified, what things are righteous, what things are pure, what things are lovely, what things are well spoken of, if there is any virtue and if any praise, take account of these things.

Philippians 4:13 I am able to do all things in Him who empowers me.

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in the heavens.

Fellowship to help us know Christ and pursue Him

How great is God’s heart? How deep? How high are His thoughts? The God who sent us His only Begotten Son to die for us, this One who washed us with His blood and who gave us the life-giving Spirit to be our life, this awesome God has awesome plans for us.

By our receiving and enjoying His life, we become people who shine out God. Thus, our Christian life is full of hope and full of meaning. Rather than waiting to go to heaven someday, we are actively pursuing Christ with others, we are endeavoring to enjoy God at every turn, and God’s glory is gradually filling our life. This happens to the extent that others see something awesome; they see God living again through us.

We want to get soaked with the Triune God– soaked, meaning, saturated with Him. The joy of God fills us to the point that our smile causes people to turn to God. Our walk causes people to desire to walk with God. Our message of the love of God becomes a living message that touches people. We become ones who exude God. The apostle Paul said in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ”. To be filled with Christ day by day and to walk in oneness with Him is to live Christ. 

Doing things for ourselves, to gain the praises of men, by appending titles to our names, or by securing our name on a plaque on the wall, or even by performing to gain a great applause, these things do not actually glorify God. We might have said that we did them for the glory of God, but what was gained was praise for ourselves.

A characteristic of a life that lives out Christ is that it produces praise in people. This praise is not gained for the one that lives out Christ, but for God Himself. People see you, hear you and observe you, and what wells up in their being is, “Praise God!” and “Thank You God!” May such a living be our daily goal. What we need for this, is to go to the Lord, full of repentance, full of thanks, full of love toward Him, and full of a deep desire to be filled with Him.

This post was inspired by the verses in Philippians and by an excerpt from the book, “The Experience and Growth in Life”. We recommend to you the reading of that excerpt, linked here.
https://www.ministrysamples.org/excerpts/VIRTUE-AND-PRAISE.HTML

 

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Praise For Our Resurrection with Him

Ephesians 2:1 And you, though dead in your offenses and sins,

Ephesians 2:5-6 Even when we were dead in offenses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) 6 And raised us up together with Him and seated us together with Him in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus,

Philippians 3:10 To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,

Fellowship to help us know Christ and pursue Him

God is almighty and powerful, the creator of heaven and earth. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:2 goes on to report what Satan did to God’s creation, “But the earth became waste and emptiness.” In verse 3 God then said, “Let there be light.” Genesis proceeds to show us God’s wonderful restoring work. 

For centuries, worshippers have been praising God for all His works.  God has many works. His creation is a work; His feeding the birds and clothing the lilies of the field is a work; His sustaining all of us is a work; His taking what Satan corrupted and restoring it is a work. In the New Testament, we come to God’s highest and deepest works. His works in the New Testament are mysteries and are works accomplished in the spiritual realm. To gain our highest praise, we must be people of faith, reading the Bible, praying, and exercising our spirit of faith, believing in all of God’s glorious accomplishments.

We will see how one of the psalmists praised Jehovah and then we will see a higher and deeper praise for God’s works in the New Testament. The Old Testament certainly has worthy praises such as those found in Psalm 33. Here is Psalm 33:1 and 33:6-7 and 33:9a:

Psalms 33:1 Rejoice in Jehovah, O righteous ones. / Praise is becoming to the upright.

Psalms 33:6-7 By the word of Jehovah the heavens were made, / And all their host, by the breath of His mouth. 7 He gathers the water of the sea like a heap; / He puts the deep waters into storage places.

Psalms 33:9 For He spoke, and it was; / He commanded, and it stood.

In the New Testament, we can see all the mysterious, wonderful things God went on to accomplish in Christ. Here is a list of some of these things.

1) He came down to be a lowly man named Jesus, living the life of God in a man. 
2) He took away all the sins of mankind by putting them on Himself when He went to the cross. 
3) By His death on the cross, He terminated Satan, sin, and death.
4) He picked all of us up as well and took us to the cross. 

Then a most wonderful thing happened. This is one of God’s greatest works in the universe. God raised us up together with Christ! Ephesians 2:6 says that we were raised up together with Him! Although we even went to the cross with Christ, He didn’t leave us there, but brought us up together with Him! Where are we now? We can praise God that we are no longer dead in our sins! We can praise Him that we died with Him and were resurrected with Him! We are seated with Him in the heavenlies! Praise the Lord! We will praise God for eternity, for His marvelous works!

This short excerpt from the Life Study of Psalms helps to make these points clear.
http://www.ministrysamples.org/excerpts/IN-PRAISING-AND-GIVING-THANKS-TO-GOD.HTML

 

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Praising the King in His Victory

Psalms 45:3-5 Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, / In Your majesty and Your splendor. 4 And in Your splendor ride on victoriously / Because of truth and meekness and righteousness; / And let Your right hand teach You awesome deeds. 5 Your arrows are sharp: / The peoples fall under You; / The arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Fellowship to help us know Christ and pursue Him

We have to admit, when we are looking at the messy earth, it is indeed hard to praise the Lord. Things around us may not be going so well. There are stories on the news that trouble us. Therefore, we have to see that the way to become one who praises the Lord all the day long is to look at HIM!. We can always review the Lord’s deeds, not only the things He has done for us in our lifetime, but also what He has accomplished on His own for all of humanity. Nothing encourages us more than to read the Bible, especially the gospels, for there, Christ manifests his victory throughout all His life and ministry. Hymn 1174, What a Victory, what a Triumph, also expresses the victory of Christ! Hallelujah, Hallelujah! We will praise unceasingly!

1
What a victory! What a triumph!
God Himself became a man,
Clothed Himself in human nature
To fulfill His mighty plan.
He through death destroyed the devil;
Risen now, the Son of Man!

2
Jesus by His human virtues
Did the subtle one arrest;
He as man withstood the tempter,
Fully passed through every test.
Now in spirit I can take Him,
All His virtues to possess.

3
In the Spirit of this Jesus
Is His human life so fine.
Human virtues have been added
To the Spirit all divine.
What abundance in this Spirit,
Rich supply for all mankind!

4
How mysterious! Yet how real!
Such a man now lives in me.
Into all my heart He’s spreading—
He, my human life, to be.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
I will praise unceasingly.

5
Oh, what wonder! Oh, how glorious!
God in flesh is manifest.
We the members of His Body
His humanity express.
For the building of God’s dwelling
We His human life possess.

This excerpt is a helpful word that explains how Psalm 45 is a poetic prophecy of the victory of Christ.
https://www.ministrysamples.org/excerpts/PRAISING-THE-KING-IN-HIS-VICTORY.HTML

 

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Praise For His Incarnation

Psalms 113:6 Who humbles Himself to behold / The heavens and the earth

Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God a treasure to be grasped, 7 But emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming in the likeness of men; 8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of a cross.

Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore also God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 And every tongue should openly confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

Fellowship to help us know Christ and pursue Him

The quotation below, from the ministry of Witness Lee, briefly explains the parallel between Psalm 113 and Philippians chapter 2. 

Psalm 113 is the praise of God’s elect for God’s exaltation and humility in taking care of the lowly and needy ones. Verses 4 through 6 say, “Jehovah is high above all the nations, /And His glory is above the heavens./Who is like Jehovah our God,/Who has set His throne on high,/Who humbles Himself to behold/The heavens and the earth?” This is a praise both of God’s exaltation and His humility. His humility was manifested in His incarnation. If we compare these verses with Philippians 2:7-11, we will see that Christ humbled Himself and, due to His humility, He was exalted. (Life-Study of Psalms, Chapter 39, by Witness Lee)

May we praise our Lord Jesus every day, realizing that He is God almighty, who humbled Himself and was exalted by God in the highest way!

 

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Praising, Victory, and Rejoicing

2 Corinthians 8:1 Furthermore we make known to you, brothers, the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia,

2 Corinthians 8:2 That in much proving of affliction the abundance of their joy and the depth of their poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality;

Fellowship to help us know Christ and pursue Him

The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians and told them of the Macedonian believers. Those believers experienced the grace of God. The grace of God is the resurrected Christ coming to us as the Spirit to be enjoyed by us. The Macedonians overcame trial and difficulty by staying in the joy of the Lord. We should not minimize the joy of the Lord. In the joy of the Lord there is strength.

These believers enjoyed the Lord to the extent that they sought to participate in taking care of needy saints. Even if they had little money, by enjoying the Lord, they were simple to desire the giving of whatever they had. Their outpouring was indeed sweet, but the source was the grace of God. The way to enjoy the Lord is to praise Him. We can say, “Hallelujah!”. The meaning of hallelujah is “Praise the Lord!”. Any time, no matter what you are doing, you can simply say, “O Lord! Amen! Hallelujah!”. By this, you will experience the sweetness of the Lord Jesus and, like the Macedonians, you will live a life that flows out of the grace of God.

The following fellowship talks about when we should praise the Lord. Read this and consider your own praising of our dear Lord Jesus Christ.
https://www.ministrysamples.org/excerpts/TWO-PRAISES-AND-THANKSGIVINGS.HTML

 

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Out of the Mouth of Babes and Sucklings

Psalms 8:1 O Jehovah our Lord, / How excellent is Your name / In all the earth, / You who have set Your glory over the heavens!

Psalms 8:2 Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings / You have established strength / Because of Your adversaries, / To stop the enemy and the avenger.

Fellowship to help us know Christ and pursue Him

When we read these verses in the presence of the Lord we cannot let them go by without our exercising to open our mouth and praise His name. As we read, we can strongly declare, “How excellent is Your name! Oh Lord Jesus, Your Name!. Hallelujah for the name of our God! Jehovah our Lord!” The name of Jesus means Jehovah the Savior or Jehovah our Salvation. Thus, knowing this we can continue praising: “Hallelujah for Jesus! Jehovah our Savior! In all the earth, Your name is excellent!”

We recommend the following ministry reading. It opens the deep significance of Psalm 8!
https://www.ministrysamples.org/excerpts/DAVIDS-INSPIRED-PRAISE-OF-THE-EXCELLENCY-OF-CHRIST.HTML

 

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Praise and Gratitude to God for the Past

Psalms 66:1-5 Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; / 2 Sing forth the glory of His name; / Make glorious His praise. / 3 Say to God, How awesome are Your deeds! / Because of the greatness of Your strength, Your enemies come cringing to You. / 4 All the earth will worship You / And sing psalms to You; / They will sing psalms to Your name. Selah / 5 Come and see the works of God; / He is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.

Psalms 66:9 Who has kept our soul in life / And does not allow our feet to slip.

Psalms 66:13 I will come into Your house with burnt offerings; / I will pay my vows to You,

Psalms 66:20 Blessed be God, / Who has not turned my prayer away / Nor His lovingkindness from me.

Fellowship to help us know Christ and pursue Him

The psalmist instructs us to shout, to sing, and to make glorious God’s praise. This part of this psalm is like something from a counselor to us. We are helped with what to say to God when we go to Him. We are told to tell God what we think of what He’s done, “How awesome are Your deeds!”. The psalmist then turns to God Himself and tells Him, “All the earth will worship You and sing psalms to You. They will sing psalms to Your name.” Interestingly, this psalmist then turns back to us and instructs us some more. It is as if he said to us, “go ahead, review some more all the wondrous things God has done for you.”

How wonderful that we can come to the Bible and be counseled. The writer, we can be sure, is one who goes in and out of prayers and instructions. What a model, what a pattern. What a joyful way that God has laid forth for us to know Him and be brought to worship Him.

Praising God for all that He has done is something for all Christians. New believers as well as mature ones can spend much time with the Lord. At first, we might say that we tried to spend some time with the Lord but that we quickly ran out of things to say. Now, we are seeing that all the things around us and that are related to us, all the things that God has arranged for us and provided us, all these are things we should praise God for. We can praise Him for giving us breath. We can be grateful to Him for keeping us all these years. 

Then the psalmist says, “I will come into Your house with burnt offerings;/I will repay my vows to You,/Which my lips uttered/And my mouth spoke when I was in distress./I will offer to You burnt offerings of fatlings /With the smoke of rams;/I will offer bullocks with goats” (vv. 13-15). These verses indicate that the psalmist is engaged in a business transaction. His offerings are his repayment to God for His goodness. First, the psalmist receives God’s goodness, and then he pays for it with his offerings. (Life-Study of Psalms, Chapter 26, by Witness Lee)

For the new testament believers, one of our offerings to God is our opening our mouth to praise Him. Let us be like the psalmist in the Bible, worshipping God strongly! God is altogether worthy to be praised. Praise Him! Thank Him!

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