April 25, 2012

Today you should read: Habakkuk 3

Habakkuk 3 – what a chapter of praise to God!  Praise is so very important.  It reminds us of who God is and of who we are.  If we’re not careful, very quickly we think too much of ourselves and we forget who God really is.  He’s almighty, He’s powerful, He’s sovereign, He’s eternal – He’s God!  A perfect example of this is found in Isaiah 6…

It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.  Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies!  The whole earth is filled with his glory!”  Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke. Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” (v.1-5)

God loves it when His people praise Him!  It’s true of you too… don’t your kids or your friends get much further when they start out thanking you rather than demanding of you? (Psalm 22:3)

Habakkuk praises God.

I have heard all about you, LORD. I am filled with awe by your amazing works.  (v.2)

I see God…the Holy One coming…His brilliant splendor fills the heavens, and the earth is filled with his praise.  His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from his hands, where his awesome power is hidden. (v.3-4)

He is the Eternal One! (v.7)

I will rejoice in the LORD!  I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!  The Sovereign LORD is my strength!
 (v.18-19)

Did you start your day like this?  Praising the Lord?  Before writing this, my daughter Sarah and I, spent some time together at Starbucks (imagine that?!).  After spending some time discussing the Word, we prayed together.  We used the A – C – T – S method.  A, as you may know, stands for adoration or praise.  Together, we spent several minutes remembering how good God is and acknowledging His attributes.  It changed my whole day!   It will do the same for you.  Don’t forget to praise – it’s very important.  It sets the pace for life…

Posted by: Tim Parsons

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

2 thoughts on “April 25, 2012”

  1. I love the imagery in verse 8!

    “Was it in anger, Lord, that you struck the rivers and parted the sea?
    Were you displeased with them? No, you were sending your chariots of salvation!”

    Concerning praise, the most moving part of the chapter to me was in verses 17 & 18. Praise was present in spite of circumstances. No matter what we are going through or how difficult life may seem, God is still worthy of our deepest affections.

    Psalm 104:1-2a — Let all that I am praise the Lord. O Lord my God, how great You are! You are robed with honor and majesty. You are dressed in a robe of light.

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