A Praise that’s bigger than ‘Things’ & ‘Stuff’

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ROP LOGO #2PURPLEBecause of who you are I give you glory. Because of who you are I give you praise. Because of who you are I will lift my voice and say- Lord I worship you because of who you are. Lord I worship you because of who you are.

As a songwriter I can almost feel the place that the writer of this song must have been in when they wrote it. A place of total adoration towards God for who He is and not simply what He’s done or can do.

Unfortunately it seems many have left this state of heart and gravitated toward a “ME” centered posture towards God. It’s a place that keeps our focus on what God gives us, does for us, blesses us with and how quickly He responds to our demands. I believe It’s a dangerous and selfish place.

Jesus is worthy to be praised….. Period! If He gives you money, He’s worthy of praise. If He doesn’t, He’s still worthy. If you get a new house or car, Jesus is worthy. If you don’t, He is still worthy of praise. If you feel like praising Him, He’s worthy. If you don’t feel like it, Jesus is STILL WORTHY. Are you getting the pattern? The primary motivation for our praise is His worthiness of it! Not things, not blessings. Those can absolutely be secondary and additive prompters but the primary motivation is His worthiness.

The most dangerous thought concerning “Thing & Stuff” centered praise is, if our main motivator for praise is the benefit of things, we could easily find ourselves opting out of praise when we feel we haven’t received from God what we wanted. We could find ourselves withholding whats due His name if He doesn’t give us a new job quick enough. Resentment toward God could settle in our hearts if we feel He hasn’t performed up to our requests, and because our focus and motivation for praise has been tainted we would simply decide He doesn’t deserve it.

Allow me to quote another classic song as I conclude this post…….

“He came from heaven to earth, to show the way. From the earth to the cross, my debt to pay. From the cross to the grave. From the grave to the sky. Lord I lift your name on high.”

The sacrifice of the shed blood of Jesus for my sins will FOREVER be motivation and reason enough to FOREVER give him praise.  How about you?

Thanks for reading..

Cornell

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