Tag: Praise Scriptures

Christian Praise: What Does Hallelujah Mean?

Hallelujah Praise God

Christian Praise

What Does Hallelujah Mean?

Christian Praise is mentioned approximately 190 times in the Bible depending on which version you are reading. It is very common to hear the phrase “Hallelujah” both in Christian circles as well as non-christian circles. What does “hallelujah” mean? Oftentimes it is also written as Allelujah. The angels themselves sing hallelujah to God, so what does it mean?

Actually as a direct translation from the Hebrew it means Praise (Hallel) God (jah, also known as Jaweh in the Old Testament. So, when we say “Hallelujah” What we are really saying is “Praise God”. This is a good thing in a sense because we are told to praise God, but if we just say it as an exclamation to something good that has happened then it might lose its flavor, so to speak. This is obviously the case with non-Christians saying it when trivial things such as their favorite hockey team scores a goal for the home team. If we are truly happy that God has allowed things to happen then it is not derogatory in any way but I just want to point out that it is something that should be used with meaning.

Christian Praise is more than just a matter of words, it is a life-style. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 it says “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God concerning you”.

There are 2 specific points that I would like to bring out in this passage.

  1. It is God’s will that you give thanks in everything
  2. It is God’s will that you give thanks IN everything, not necessarily FOR everything.

God wants us to praise Him no matter what our circumstances are because he wants us to realize that wherever we are, He is there with us. He wants us to relinquish the control of our lives to Him and trust Him to work all things out together for our good.

So remember, the next time you are in despair and don’t feel like praising God, do it anyway! Hallelujah!

Christian Praise: Where is God?

Where is God?

Christian Praise

Where is God?

 

Christian Praise becomes much easier for us when we realize How Big God really is and how much He truly loves us.

A few years ago, Bette Middler had a hit song called “From a Distance” which won a Grammy for “Song of the Year” in 1991. The words were nice and gave us the feeling that we were not alone in this world, that indeed God was watching us from a distance.

It’s a lovely platitude but it doesn’t really tell us where God actually is.

Christian Praise can be hard to muster up if we only believe in a God somewhere up there in the sky who looks down on us once in awhile. It may be a nice thought to some, but it doesn’t do much else except to give us a few warm and fuzzy feelings.

God is very much a part of your life and He chose it to be that way. He doesn’t just want to be God, He also wants to abide in You. He wants be your friend.

Abraham was called God’s friend, because he took the time to walk and talk with God.

Adam had direct communion with God in the Garden, before Adam and Eve got banished for their sin. Many scholars believe because they were banished that communion with God was cut off, but this does not make sense if Abraham was considered God’s friend. Maybe there wasn’t direct communication as in the garden but there had to be some type of communication in Abraham’s day. We can only speculate what that was.

One thing is clear though. In the old Testament the Spirit came upon the prophets. In the New Testament the Spirit is in us. Why the difference?

It is because of Christ’s death on the cross that the barrier between God and us can be breached.

John 14:16-20 (kjv) says:

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

God loves to commune with us and the best way to bring in His presence is with Christian Praise.

God abides in the praises of His people.

Psalm 22:3 (kjv) says: But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel

God is not some Sugar Daddy in the sky that we make requests to and wait for Him to grant them. He is so close to us that we cannot truly describe it in proper words.

Paul Put it this way:

Acts 17:28 He is not far from us, for in him we live and move and have our being.

Every particle of yourself is in God and God is in every particle of you.

Jesus said in John 14:21-28

Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, “Master, (then) what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.

Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.

I have told you this while I am with you.

The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name–he will teach you everything and remind you of all that (I) told you.

If You Love Me, Keep my Word

If You Love Me, Keep my Word

 

Knowing this, Christian Praise should come freely from your heart and lips as you marvel at the Greatness of God who comes to inhabit the very people He has purchased with the blood of Jesus. If we love Him and obey His commands, He will make His dwelling with us. Hallelujah!

Where is God? God is in me, and you, if you love Him and keep His commandments.

One of my favorite songs from years gone by is “How Big is God?”

The lyrics to this song are:

Though Men May Strive To Go Beyond The Reach Of Space
To Go Beyond The Distant Glimmering Stars
This World’s A Room So Small Within My Master’s House
The Open Sky But A Portion Of His Yard.

How Big Is God, How Big And Wide His Vast Domain
To Try To Tell These Lips Can Only Start
He’s Big Enough To Rule This Mighty Universe
Yet Small Enough To Live Within My Heart.

As Winter Chill May Cause The Tiny Seed To Fall
To Lie Asleep Till Waked By Summer’s Rain
The Heart Grown Cold Will Warm And Trod With Life Anew
The Master’s Touch Will Bring The Glow Again.

How Big Is God, How Big And Wide His Vast Domain
To Try To Tell These Lips Can Only Start
He’s Big Enough To Rule The Mighty Universe
Yet Small Enough To Live Within My Heart.

Here is the version from YouTube

Christian Praise- The Secret of the Universe

Praise the Secret of the Universe

Christian Praise: The Secret of the Universe

 

Christian Praise Has Power!

Many people have read the book “The Secret” and do not realize that many of the teachings in there came from Christian Praise Principles taught in the Bible. Yes, the Bible has many things to say about the Christian Praise Principles that can be used to enhance our daily lives today.

The main difference is that “The Secret” focuses on our own wants and desires, …what we can get…pretty selfish actually 🙁

This is where people miss the actual law that this premise is based on. God does promise to give us the desires of our heart and give us an abundant life but our hearts must be set on Him. Loving Him with all of our strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves.

We are to do nothing out of vain ambition but we are to consider others better than ourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

Matthew 6: 19-21: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

In John 10:10: Jesus said, The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy but I came that they may have life and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows) Amplified Bible.

As Christians we know that the thief is referring to is the Devil. All evil comes from him. He is here to steal, kill and destroy us and our dreams if he can. But, through the power of Christian Praise, we are able to stop the fiery darts of the devil as we learn to lift our voices in praise to God who loves to pour his blessing upon all of His Children. Blessings are ours as we Praise God.

There is immense power in Christian Praise and the Devil does not want you to know about it. He will do all he can to keep you in a negative mindset because he knows that as long as you are dwelling on your problems, you will not be in the mood to praise God and will forfeit the blessings God has for you.

This is why Christian Praise is often referred to as the “Sacrifice of Praise“.

We need to come out from the darkness and despair and offer to God the sacrifice of Praise. It is miraculous but, as we begin to offer up these sacrifices of Christian Praise, God comes to inhabit the praises of His people and things begin to change.

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Hebrews 13:15

Yes, God actually inhabits, or lives, in the praises of His People. When we offer Christian Praise we are actually bringing God right onto the scene in our lives.

Psalm 22:3 says “But Thou Art Holy, Thou that inhabitist the praises of Israel”.

Let us look at Paul and Silas as an example: Paul and Silas when beaten and put in jail for proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ could have sat there and complained. I can picture it now can’t you?

“Oh great, here we are trying to get the good news out and we end up in this cold, dark jail. Where is God? Why would He let this happen to us?”

But they didn’t complain. The Bible tells us that they sang praises to God! Can you imagine! Even in that dark, cold gloomy jail, they didn’t think about their circumstances. No! They thought about the blessings of God and Christian Praise flowed from that dark, gloomy dungeon.

Acts 16:16-35: God sent an earthquake and all the chains from the prison doors were loosed. No one fled, they stayed right where they were. This ended up being a miracle to the jailer who thought he would have lost all of the prisoners, but this worked together for the good of Paul and Silas. Not only were they set free, but the jailer came to know the Lord through them.

What Lessons we can learn from this:

  • When we allow Christian Praise to flow out from us, God comes to abide.
  • When we allow Christian Praise to flow out from us, God sets us free.
  • When we allow Christian Praise to flow out from us, God’s love is proclaimed.
  • When we allow Christian Praise to flow out of us, all things will work together for our good because we love God and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

“The Secret” may have some people fooled into thinking that just being positive will bring them all that they want but it is very plainly a lie from the Devil. It is only as we praise God and believe in Him in faith that He will bring about the things He has promised us.

What things?

  • He came to give us abundant life
  • He promises to work all things out together for good to those that love Him
  • He promises to add all the things that are necessary for life if we seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness
  • He promises us that if we believe, we will receive that which we ask for.

This is truly the real SECRET of the Universe!

 (originally posted Sept.3, 2009)

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Christian Praise: God Dwells in the Praises of His People

God Dwells in the Praises of His People

God Dwells In The Praises of His People

But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel (kjv) Psalm 22:3

I just finished reading an article on Christian Praise and how it affects non-Christians. It bought back fond memories of when I first attended a Pentecostal Church.

Being bought up in a mainline church in the Montreal area of Canada I was used to singing hymns and nice little songs like “Jesus Loves Me”. This kept me on track when I was a little girl, but when I grew up and came back to God, my relationship with Him was completely different. He was no longer a God somewhere up there in the sky who was watching to see if I was naughty or nice (Kind of like a glorified Santa Claus). This time it was different!

I could feel the presence of Jesus in my life and I knew something inside of me had changed. I decided it was time to go back to church. Sadly, what I found in church was not what I was experiencing in my own one on one time spent with God.

I started to think perhaps I was strange, perhaps I was overly emotional, perhaps, I was somehow wrong. Those around me didn’t get all excited about Jesus like I did. What was wrong with me?

I still continued to go to church as I knew this is what God wanted of me, and I loved learning more and more about the Lord every chance I could get.

Later, I met my husband to be and he was a Pentecostal. He told me about the Pentecostal church and I thought to my self….This sounds very strange to me…I was very leery on going but he finally convinced me to go to a meeting with him and I was totally surprised.

Please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that mainline church goers are not true worshipers or have no feelings, or that Pentecostals are the only true believers or whatever. I am simply stating that the two churches I had attended were as different as night and day.

That night that I attended the church with my future husband, was a turning point in my life. I realized as I stood there praising God with those around me that there was a presence that I had never felt in a church before. Yes, I had experienced this presence in my own prayer life, but never in a congregation. It was like I was finally home. Finally, I could feel the presence of God amongst those who were worshiping. It was like heaven had come down and the glory of God had filled that auditorium that night.

Since becoming a Christian Worship Leader it has always been my goal to lead those in the congregation to the place where they too can feel the presence of God in the midst of them.

It is only in the presence of our awesome God that people can know, without the shadow of a doubt, that they are in the presence of God.

As Worship Leaders we are like the doorkeepers to the very presence of God. We must lead them gently from the outer courts into the Holy of Holies where they can sense God and the beauty of His Holiness.

The article that I had read, reminded me of the importance of Christian Worship and its effects on the non-Christian, as well as those who were already Christians.

The article was entitled: “Worship and the Visitor,” sadly it is no longer available.

Hopefully this blog post will help you realize the importance of Christian Praise and Worship in our services and will stir up in you a hunger to be in the presence of God.

 

(originally written on November 2, 2009)

 

The Horse and Rider Song Lyrics

The Horse and Rider Song Lyrics

Someone was asking me for the lyrics of the Christian Praise song “The Horse and Rider Song”. It’s very difficult to find this song on the Internet so I am writing the lyrics here for you and made a .wav file of my acapella version.

(click on the play button if you wish to hear my acapella version of it )

The Horse and Rider Song

I Will Sing Unto the Lord For He Has Triumphed Gloriously

The Horse and Rider Thrown into the Sea

I Will Sing Unto the Lord For He Has Triumphed Gloriously

The Horse and Rider Thrown into the Sea

 

The Lord, My God, My Strength My Song

Has Now Become My Victory

The Lord, My God, My Strength My Song

Has Now Become My Victory

 

The Lord is God and I will praise Him

My Fathers God and I will E-x-a-l-t Him

The Lord is God and I will praise Him

My Fathers God and I will Exalt Him!

(Based on Praise Scriptures from the Bible Exodus 15:1-21)

Originally Posted October 15, 2012
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