21 Nov 2018

A Lifestyle of Praise

by Sherard Wood

Start by reading…Ezekiel 42:1 - 43:27James 5:1-20Psalm 119:1-16Proverbs 28:6-7

I have been thinking about God’s Word. It is never caught until it is learned, but when it is lived out it is brought to life. I have learned my greatest lessons in life when that which I have learned has been put to the test and God has come through. I continue to give Him praise for His greatness, faithfulness and goodness. These moments continue to serve as memorial stones in my life.

In Psalm 119:7-8, David says:

“I will praise You with uprightness of heart, when I learn Your righteous judgments. I will keep Your statutes; oh, do not forsake me utterly!”

David brings his applause to God for revelation, offering praise for His word and His Spirit. His pursuit was to press ahead and his heart yearned for more, for he had not yet reached his goal. David’s desire was to be filled with the knowledge of God that He might give Him all the honour and glory that was due His name. His prayer was that he would not be left to himself but would live out the commandments of God, acknowledging His presence and His grace.

Matthew Henry describes the righteous judgements of God, saying that we cannot keep them unless we learn them; but that we learn them in vain if we do not keep them.

Our lifestyles are not a list of rules to be attained. Holding to truth means maintaining a focus on the Son of Man, and living as Jesus lived. A lifestyle of praise releases faith and brings forth evidence of God’s glory and power poured out on those around us.

Pause and reflect: God is worthy to be thanked and honoured, worshipped and adored. He inhabits an atmosphere of praise. Remind yourself of the greatness of God and begin by praising Him today.

Sherard Wood
Sherard Wood

Sherard is married to April and together they have six children. Sherard serves as an elder at Victory Church and is also a key member of the pastoral team. He has a gift of encouragement and is passionate about the local Church.

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