107. Quasi-Praise

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W.W. Fischer
Scriptures Referenced in This Chapter:
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Ex. 20:19 π Lev. 9:24 π Job 40:4 π Job 40:5 π Job 42:6 π Psa. 22:3 π Psa. 33:1 π Psa. 34:1 π Psa. 96:9 π Psa. 97:5 π Psa. 100:4 π Psa. 108:3 π Psa. 119:164 π Isa. 6:5 π Jer. 23:9 π Ezek. 1:28 π Ezek. 3:15 π Acts 9:4 π Heb. 13:15 π Rev. 1:17 π Rev. 19:5

“But You are holy, who inhabit the praises of Israel.” ( Psa. 22:3; top )

Praise to God can be verbal, but can also be evaluated in our lives in comparison to the character of Jesus in us. True praise and worship is giving God complete rights to our lives.

In many instances, as Christians gather for worship and praise, it becomes a traditional ritual and part of the program to praise – something to lift one’s spirit through uplifted praise and to fulfill obedience to the Scriptures.

“Praise God all you His servants.” ( Rev. 19:5; top )

“Come into His courts with praise.” ( Psa. 100:4; top )

“I will bless the Lord at all times…” ( Psa. 34:1; top )

“Seven times a day do I praise You.” ( Psa. 119:164; top )

“Praise from the upright is beautiful.” ( Psa. 33:1; top )

“I will sing praises unto You.” ( Psa. 108:3; top )

“Let us offer the sacrifice of praise.” ( Heb. 13:15; top )

This is all fine, unless we are only using it to quiet our spirit and to show we have obeyed God; but it is practically useless if we have no desire to let God change and remold us into His likeness. Because we may feel somewhat better as a result of the praising, we are convinced God has visited us because He is in the praises of His children.

But if God really visited us, we would be a prostrated congregation, and the fear of God’s holiness would convict us, purge us, remold us as the master potter and the clay, and we would change into the likeness of Jesus and would never again be the same. Each worship session would be a life changing experience. If a worship service doesn’t change us, then we are bowing down at Gideon’s Spring of Harod and heading toward a lukewarm exit out of the mouth of Almighty God. May praise be something more than the praise of our lips.

When God really comes down:

  1. When God appeared to Job, Job said, “Behold, I am vile,” ( Job 40:4 ), and he was the most righteous man of his time. Job said, “I will proceed no further…wherefore I repent in dust and ashes.” ( Job 40:5 , 42:6; top ) The Lord exposed his self-righteousness.
  2. When God came down to Isaiah ( Isa. 6:5 ), we hear Isaiah exclaim, “I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips.” (top)
  3. The children of Israel said with great fear, “Don’t let God speak with us, lest we die.” ( Ex. 20:19; top ) Moses told the people not to look upon God so they would not perish.
  4. In Leviticus, when God came with fire to consume the burnt offering, the people all shouted with fear, and fell on their faces before the Lord. ( Lev. 9:24; top )
  5. Ezekiel, when confronted by God as a rainbow in the glory of God, fell upon his face as the Lord spoke to him, and the things God said to him left him speechless and astonished seven days. ( Ezek. 1:28 , 3:15; top )
  6. When John saw God on the Isle Patmos, he fell at His feet as a dead man. ( Rev. 1:17; top )
  7. Jeremiah said, “…All my bones shake, I am like a drunken man and like a man whom wine has overcome because of the Lord and because of the words of His holiness.” ( Jer. 23:9; top )
  8. Paul fell to the earth under a light from heaven and heard a voice say, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?” ( Acts 9:4; top )

“The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.” ( Psa. 97:5; top )

“Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; fear before Him all the earth.” ( Psa. 96:9; top )

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