True Praise From The Heart!!!

Wednesday may your heart trust in the Lord

 

Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!!! Praise Him With Your Whole Heart!!!

Psalm 138:1 I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Psalm 138:3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
Psalm 138:4 All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth.
Psalm 138:5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD.
Psalm 138:6 Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
Psalm 138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
Psalm 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
This marvellous Psalm was written by King David under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We never have to worry about the content of the Bible! It is all God-breathed, it is all profitable, and it is all good! When God inspired those writing the Bible, His Holy word he gave each and every word of the Bible, He did not leave any part of it up to man to pen what he thought God was saying:

2Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Here in verse 1, David makes a great statement about his praise. He says in verse 1, “I will praise thee with my whole heart…” David had learned that praise was not supposed to be a half-hearted thing. It was to be done with the whole, entire heart! This is mentioned in the Bible three times:
Psalm 9:1 I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
Psalm 111:1 Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
Psalm 138:1 I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
Maybe, David had learned that half-hearted service produced half-hearted praise. This is oh-so-true today! Our praise, what there may be of it, becomes as meaningless as is our trust in the Lord and His Word. We question the Lord often and it is reflected in our walks, our testimonies, our trust.
The older David became, the more pronounced his praise became. He said, “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.”
Psalm 71:14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.

David was looking at the precious promises of God and saying that he knew that the Lord would truly do just as He had promised! The little word “perfect” means “to complete and bring to pass fully.” David knew the Lord was not capable of lying, and he would fulfill every promise!!!

So, what was David wanting to teach us in this Psalm?
1.Real praise comes from the heart. – Psalm 138:1
“I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.”
– The “whole heart” means “the complete and entire heart.”
– The heart refers here to three specific things:
⦁ Mind
⦁ Will
⦁ Emotion

David was thoroughly convinced in his MIND that God’s Words were true and not mixed with any untruth. We would do well to believe the same way.
Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Titus 1:3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
Titus 1:4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

David was thoroughly determined in his WILL that the Lord would perform that which He had promised. Again, we would do better if we did not decide before hand how the Lord is or is not going to deal with us in our situation.

David was thoroughly determined that his emotions would not get in the way. So many times, we feel a certain way and that alone makes many of our determinations for us. You cannot fully trust your feelings. In our wicked and sinful world people will say “follow your heart” that is not biblical and it is dangerous. They tend to be deceptive!
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Proverbs 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
David believed God’s Word:
Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

God had already proven the trustworthiness of His Word. The word “magnified” simply means “to be fulfilled beyond all expectations”!
Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
It is not up to us to answer prayers for God. He is the One Who gives the very best answers!
Believing God gave him encouragement, and should do the same for each one of us.
Psalm 138:3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

We can get lost in our own feelings and come to the place where we start believing what we tell ourselves. Feelings are dangerous sometimes. We all have them but they are not all right.
⦁ To be encouraged means to have purpose restored. Once your true purpose is restored, there is strength to be received.
⦁ When you choose to believe what you are telling yourself, you may end up very discouraged and without purpose.
⦁ The Lord gave David purpose, and He did it through His Word.
What about each one of us:
Do we truly believe the word of God?
Are we trusting our own heart?
Are we trusting our feelings?
Remember we are living in sinful flesh and our flesh rises up sometimes and we need to be aware.

PRAISE HIM
Praise Him! praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Sing, ye saints! His wonderful love proclaim!
Hail Him! hail Him! mightiest angels in glory;
Strength and honor give to His holy name!
Like a shepherd, Jesus will feed His people,
In His arms He carries them all day long;
O ye saints that live in the light of His presence,
Praise Him! praise Him! ever in joyful song!
Praise Him! praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer,
For our sins He suffered and bled and died;
He, our Rock, our Hope of eternal salvation,
Hail Him! hail Him! Jesus, the Crucified;
Loving Savior, meekly enduring sorrow,
Crowned with thorns that cruelly pierced His brow;
Once for us rejected, despised, and forsaken,
Prince of Glory, ever triumphant now.
Praise Him! praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer,
Heavenly portals, loud with hosannahs ring!
Jesus, Savior, reigneth for ever and ever;
Crown Him! crown Him! Prophet and Priest and King!
Death is vanquished! Tell it with joy, ye faithful,
Where is now thy victory, boasting grave?
Jesus lives! No longer thy portals are cheerless;
Jesus lives, the mighty and strong to save.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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