Monday, December 14, 2015

December 14, 2015: Hands Raised … “HALLELUJAH!!”

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 347  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a poignant video of my friend, Clay Crosse, singing … When I Lift My Hands, proclaiming the joy of our praise when we come together to worship our Lord.

Highlight Passage:   Psalm 150: 6 [NKJV] …  
6 Let everyone that has breath praise the Lord. 
Highlight Context – Psalm 150 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… Celebrating our Lord with deserved Hallelujahs.

Reference Passage #1 - Romans 12: 1 [NKJV] …  
1 I beseech you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable act of worship. 
… Giving it all for God a living HALLELUJAH …

Reference Passage #2 - Ephesians 4: 1 [NKJV] …  
1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, … 
… Making our walk a living HALLELUJAH to/for our worthy Lord.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Marvin Williams, reminds His readers (me) of the exuberant celebration which occurs when any international professional soccer (i.e., futbol in Europe or S. America) scores a goal. Goals in soccer are few and far between, so it’s exciting for fans to see the individual celebrations and outright joy expressed by their soccer heroes when they score (see attached photo). And in the stadium where the goal is scored the fans go wild with celebration too.

Isn’t it interesting how we’re willing to shout our praises, so openly and without reservation, at a soccer game or at an American professional sporting event (basketball, baseball, or football); and yet we can be so reserved with our praises for God when we come to a worship service on the Sabbath. 

Psalms 146-150, the last five of the Psalms, have been called the “Hallelujah Psalms,” because they all begin with the Hebrew term “Hallelujah,” which is translated “PRAISE THE LORD!” And Psalm 150, linked above, expresses the outright open and flamboyant praise which was very likely expressed when these songs were sung by Jewish worshippers in the times of David and the Psalmists.

I can just imagine loud and exuberant praises being shouted to God by Hebrew worshippers, … with boisterous music, dancing, and joyous revelry being shared when these songs were sung in a Synagog in David’s Day, … much like the celebrations fans and players alike share when a goal is scored in a soccer game. Why do we feel so inhibited with our praise for the living God when we come to worship His Holy Name on a Sunday morning?

 Maybe today, … maybe right now, … you’ll listen to the linked praise song above and shout out, … in your heart if not with your voice, an exuberant HALLELUJAH!!!  And let’s worship God with our lives today, as Paul wrote about in Romans 12: 1 and Ephesians 4: 1. Praise to God with all we think, say, and do today!!!

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … hallelujah, … HALLELUJAH, … HALLELUJAH!!! … Amen  

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