Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! Luke 2:9-11 NLT
Have you ever been to a concert?
All of the lights, sounds, music….everything is amplified.
When Jesus was born, this is the picture I visualize.
I envision it was like no other concert we have ever seen. Instead of different kinds of artificial lighting, they had the actual radiance of the Lord’s glory! The angel of the Lord was MC, giving them the introduction, not of a Pop Star or the latest band, but of a baby.
This was no ordinary baby, He was the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords…..The Great I AM.
Can you picture the scene?
Moments later the angel was joined by a vast host of heaven’s armies, praising and worshiping The Lord. A worship service not just ushering in the presence of God, but Christ Himself as an infant. All of heaven came to praise Him.
Imagine if our daily worship was like that. I believe it can be.
As we praise the Living God, we enter His presence. In His presence there is unspeakable joy, unending love and peace beyond compare. Praise is not just singing songs and listening to worship music. It is a heart attitude. There is no greater praise we can give our God, then to approach Him in humility. Admitting that we can do nothing without Him, but with Him we can do the impossible.
I want to encourage today you to add an element of praise to your house each day. As we do this, we will stay focused on Christ, The Reason for the Season.
Practical Tips to Gain a Heart of Praise:
Invite Him In
We can praise The Lord by welcoming Him into our day. I read a wonderful book called “Good Morning Holy Spirit” by Benny Hinn. One of the things I learned in this book, was to invite the Holy Spirit into my day. He is a person who wants to be acknowledged. I try to begin my day with, “Good Morning Holy Spirit, Good Morning Jesus, Good Morning Father.”
Speak His Words
Confess the Psalms. The Psalms are a great way to develop a heart of praise for The Lord. Many are written by David, who made a habit of continually praising God. This is a great one:
This is another scripture I love to confess:
Confess Who He is
When I was at one of my darkest places in life, I began to research the names of God. When we confess to God who He says He is, we begin to believe it. I found this website very helpful to learn the names of God.
Lord, you are the great I AM, the King of Kings, The Lord of Lords. God we praise you for who you are. Help us not to just sing to you or about you, but to have a hear of praise towards you each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.