Friday Morning Prayer:)… February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019 - 7 minutes read

Praise him! praise him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Sing, O earth – his wonderful love proclaim!
Hail him! hail him! highest archangels in glory,
Strength and honor give to his holy name!
Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard his children –
In his arms he carries them all day long:  

Praise him! praise him! tell of his excellent greatness!
Praise him! praise him! ever in joyful song!  Praise him! praise him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!

For our sins he suffered and bled and died;
He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,
Hail him! hail him! Jesus the Crucified!
Sound his praises – Jesus who bore our sorrows –
Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong[1]

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.[2]

Why is it so very necessary to praise the Lord?  In my experience, to praise the Lord in song prepares my heart to commune with God.  I know God indwells and never leaves or forsakes his own.  However, the supernatural sense of God’s presence, to feel his power, being filled by the Holy Spirit is many times precipitated by humble worship and praise.   The Wesleyan hymn reminds us to “Rejoice, the Lord is King!  Your Lord and King adore; rejoice, give thanks, and sing, and triumph evermore; lift up your heart, lift up your voice; rejoice, again I say, rejoice!”[3]  We praise God and rejoice before his glorious throne of grace because, “It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.”[4]   

We praise God from a regenerate heart.  With the Psalmist we readily sing, “For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.”[5]  Praise God, who in his great mercy has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade.  Moreover, we are shielded by his power until this great salvation we share and currently enjoy is fully realized at the end of time.[6]  Worship and praise help us to fix our eyes on Jesus and reminds us of the greatness of God!  Therefore, beloved in Christ, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace.”[7]   

Brother Mark encouraged the body to worship the Lord with your whole life.[8]  The Spirit supernaturally compels us to love our God through worship and praise.  Our life in Christ is enhanced when we worship together, pursuing fellowship and glorifying God in the assembly of the saints.  In this life, we do suffer through many trials, which proves our faith genuine and results in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.[9]  We need each other to endure hardship and overcome evil.  When we worship as living sacrifices, prefer others in love, consider others more significant than ourselves, show mercy with cheerfulness, weep with those who weep, associate with the lowly, build our lives on mercy and become merciful, this is spiritual worship holy and acceptable to God.   Help me, Lord.   

I pray you joyfully find yourself many times over each day in spontaneous worship with songs of praise to God because you genuinely believe, you love God, and are filled with inexpressible and glorious joy!  Indeed, you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.[10]  This salvation cannot be contained!  People need good news!  A brother shared with me this week his supernatural experience of “inexpressible and glorious joy.”  I was overjoyed to hear about his progression in this great salvation!  Last week he was discouraged and longed for joy and the glow of Christ he observed in other believers.   I encouraged him to stay the course and read the book of 1 John at least a couple of times over.  A couple days later he called full of excitement and needing to overflow his joy from the Lord!  The Lord rewards the diligent, those who earnestly seek him.[11]    

Let’s earnestly seek him and praise his glorious name!   

Praise him! praise him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Heav’nly portals loud with hosannas ring!
Jesus, Savior, reigneth for ever and ever,
Crown him! crown him! Prophet and Priest and King!
Christ is coming, over the world victorious –
Pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong:  Praise him! praise him! tell of his excellent greatness!
Praise him! praise him! ever in joyful song!

Sisters are meeting to pray together.  First Baptist, 1912 Arnold Ave, Alpine, 0900

You are invited to join with sisters in Christ for a sweet hour of prayer.  We are thankful for our faithful sisters who gather to pray as the Spirit leads their time together.   If your schedule allows, reach out and love sisters through praying together.   

Brothers are meeting too!  Alpine Youth Center, 2153 Arnold Way, Alpine 0730

Brothers in Christ are welcome!  A great way to start the morning!  The joy of brothers praying together as the Spirit leads.  No expectations or requirements, other than a love for Jesus and love for the brethren.  Close at 0830. 


[2] 1 Peter 2:9


[4] Psalm 92:1-2

[5] Ibid   v. 4

[6] 1 Peter 1:3-5


[8] Emmanuel Christian Church, Harbison Canyon, 10am @ Ironside Park

[9] 1 Peter 1:6-7

[10]  Ibid  v. 8-9

[11] Hebrews 11:6