Wednesday, June 09, 2010
PRAISE TO GOD
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.” Dan 2:20 (NIV)
The Bible tells us that Daniel was one of the wisest men who has ever walked this planet. Even a quick look at his life reveals that one of the secrets to that wisdom was his everyday decision to give praise to God. Intelligence and knowledge without praise add up to pride. It is when we add praise to the mix that God’s wisdom begins to emerge. In Daniel chapter two we see in Daniel’s example three specific ways to praise God:
Praise God for His Character - “Wisdom and Power are Yours”
Tell God, “Your love is great, Your faithfulness is wonderful, Your decisions are perfect.” One of the healthiest things we can do is praise Him for who He is.
Praise God for what He is doing to YOUR Character
“You have given ME wisdom and power!”
Praise God for His Actions in History
Daniel 9:15 says, “Do it again, Lord.” That’s pure praise: rejoicing in God’s power in the past and recognising God’s power in the present.
God’s greatest action in history was the giving of His son. 1 Corinthians 1 calls the crucifixion of Christ foolishness to the world, but to us the wisdom of God. The cross is where God shows His wisdom and power to the world today. We have a picture in our minds of getting wisdom by visiting a holy man on top of some far off hill. As if someone who is detached from the world is the person who has all of the answers? Wisdom IS found on a hill, but the hill is called Calvary. It is not found in someone who is detached from us, but where God identified Himself with all in the world. Want to see wisdom? Look at the cross. Praise God for what He did for you on the cross.
Prayer: Thank You Lord, for the love that you showed for me on the cross. Let the truth that you will love me no matter what guide my decisions and my actions today.