Thursday, June 2, 2016

sing His praise, stay connected

Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.

It is easy to the see why we praise God.  That is if you are watching and looking for it you will find reasons, boatloads of them, to sing the praise of our great and gracious God.  He is worthy of our praise.

One of the things that allows us to sing His praise and to tell people about His goodness is our connection to Him.  Without a connection we miss so much of what He is doing and has done as well as the understanding of how much God loves us.  Experience it.

Our current series at The Community is titled FOR ONE and talks about our personal connection to God.  It is easy to loose sight of that connection or to grow cold to the connection.  Life is busy and difficult.  By taking time just for you and God you will renew the connection to God as well as heighten your senses to His goodness and His work.

I long for these quiet times.  Taking them will make a difference.  In my time yesterday this hymn from Charles Wesley came to mind and became my praise:

by Charles Wesley

O for a thousand tongues to sing
my dear Redeemer's praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of his grace!

My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim
and spread through all the earth abroad
the honors of thy Name.

Jesus! the Name that charms our fears
and bids our sorrows cease;
'tis music in the sinner's ears,
'tis life and health and peace.

He speaks, and listening to his voice,
new life the dead receive;
the mournful broken hearts rejoice,
the humble poor believe.

Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
your loosened tongues employ;
ye blind, behold, your Savior come;
and leap, ye lame, for joy!

Glory to God and praise and love
be now and ever given
by saints below and saints above
the Church in earth and heaven.

Those words ring true in my heart, but what I have come to realize through my 30 years of being a Christian is that this kind of stuff is personal.  God reveals Himself to each of us.  Yes, it will be similar to what others know, learn, and share.

Be in relationship to God.  Stay connected.  Renew your connection to God, and sing His praise!

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