|KHANDIE'S KORNER - "JUNE 16, 2003"|
|Timely Insights into God's Word from Khandielese Reyes|
This Weeks Message- (scripture taken from King James Version)
"ENTER IN WITH PRAISE"
The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved. The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people. Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is HOLY. The kings strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob. Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them. He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them. Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions. Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is Holy. (Ps 99) Make a JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD, all ye lands. SERVE the LORD with GLADNESS: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is GOD: it is he that hat made us, and not we ourselves; we are HIS people, and the sheep of HIS pasture. ENTER INTO HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING and INTO HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE: BE THANKFUL UNTO HIM, AND BLESS HIS NAME. For the LORD is Good; His mercy is everlasting; and his TRUTH ENDURETH to all generations (Ps 100)
The Lord delights in our praise and worship. He longs to hear the sound of worship pouring forth from the heart, THROUGH the mouths of His children. As much as we long for Him and desire Him, He longs for us and desires our praise! Through praise we pour out our love, our gratitude, our adoration for Him. We praise Him simply for who HE IS, for His greatness, power and majesty. We praise Him because though we are undeserving of His blessings, His Goodness, His Mercy and Grace, He still freely gives it, and while we were yet STILL sinners, Christ died for us that we may have LIFE. We praise Him for His UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, when what we truly deserved was his wrath. We praise Him because He is the GREAT, I AM. Nothing is to difficult for Him, there is NONE before him, and there shall be NONE after for HE is the ALPHA and OMEGA, He is the BEGINNING and THE END TO ALL THINGS! There is NOTHING made that He didnt make. He is the KING OF THE UNIVERSE and ALL THINGS are under His feet. With a WORD he commanded the heavens and earth and ALL that is within into existence and IT WAS SO! With His breath, he breathed into the nostrils of dead flesh and it became LIFE! He is the GREATEST surgeon there is for with His hand he opened up the side of Adam, and from it He withdrew a rib. He then created a woman, and miraculously closed the opening in Adams side leaving not an inch of a scar. GREAT and MARVELOUS are His works! There is NONE like Him! He is SO WORTHY of our praise, He is SO WORTHY of the honor, He is SO WORTHY of our worship! Thus, when we come before the Lord, when we come in the presence of His Glory, Let us ENTER IN WITH PRAISE!
Within the Body of Christ, there are noted three types of worshipers. The first are the ones that play follow the leader, where they cautiously look around to see what everyone else is doing. If the majority raise their hands, he/she would then raise their hands. If the Majority are praising with a loud voice, then he/she would began speaking out a few words of praise: Hallelujah, Amen, Praise the Lord, etc. etc. The trouble with this is such a one is not genuinely lifting the Lord up in praise from the heart. They may be able to fool the people around them by blending in, but the Lord knows the heart. Dont you think it hurts him tremendously that you would open your mouth to praise, but dont feel the praise in your heart, and its not coming from your spirit but your flesh! It must break His heart that a person would utter the words but not really mean it. Its like telling someone I LOVE YOU, but not really meaning the words spoken as it did not come from the heart. The Lord is NOT moved by false praise, it only hurts him to hear words spoken that are not truly meant.
But, heres the one I believe hurts the Lord even more. It is the one who says in his heart, I dont need to raise my hands, or lift my voice. Ill just worship Him in my mind, he knows I love Him. All that crying out and weeping is too extreme. Such a person sits or stands with his arms locked across his chest, or motionless by his side and stares aimlessly ahead while others around are giving God Glory and Praise. Heres the trouble with this behavior. It plays right into the hands of the enemy! He simply loves it when you keep your mouth shut and refuse to utter even a single word of praise to the Lord. Why? Because he HATES the sound of PRAISE and WORSHIP, as He was created for such, and wanting to be equal to God, He desired to be praised! He cannot stand hearing the Lords name lifted up in adoration. Therefore, those who keep silent, are pleasing in the eyes of the enemy! And, for those who believe that crying out, weeping, and shouting words of praise before the Lord is too extreme, what about your shouting out victoriously at a sports event. You think it nothing to stand on your feet and cheer the athlete on, and shout triumphantly when one scores. You shout to the top of your lungs and yet, isnt this rather extreme? I mean after all, did anyone on that field hang upon a cross at Calvary, was beaten beyond recognition, mocked, ridiculed, and died a very painful death for YOUR sins? Did anyone there offer you the gift of Eternal Life? There is nothing wrong with enjoying a game of sports, however I should think that if youre able to shout then, surely you should be able to shout PRAISES before the Lord! For He has given us something NO ONE else can give us, salvation and eternal life. THAT IS WORTH SHOUTING AND PRAISING GOD FOR!
The third and final worshiper, is the TRUE WORSHIPER, for such a one worships the Lord God in spirit and in truth! This worshiper the Lord DELIGHTS in! He is unconcerned about others around him, as his focus is on the Lord and pouring out his love in the form of worship to Him. It doesnt matter if he is the ONLY one standing in praise, or lying prostrate before the Lord for hes not trying to be seen by men, but His desire is that of intimacy and fellowship with the Lord. His heart is consumed with gratitude, with Love for Jesus that he could hardly contain himself. A true worshiper says: Lord I give you praise for the very air I breathe, for there are some who are unable to breathe on their own. A true worshiper says: Lord I give you praise that although I may not sit down to a huge meal tonight, youve provided me with bread for there are many who have not even a morsel of bread to eat. A true worshiper says: Lord, I give you praise that although my cloths are ragged and my shoes are worn, they keep me warm, as there are many whove nothing to wear on the body nor feet. A true worshiper says: Lord, I give you praise that although I may feel lonely at times, I AM NEVER ALONE, for there are MANY who are truly alone as theyve yet to receive YOU! And a true worshiper says: LORD I THANK YOU NOT FOR WHAT YOU CAN GIVE, BUT FOR WHAT YOUVE ALREADY GIVEN! RATHER THAN RECEIVE A PENALTY FOR MY SINS, I INSTEAD RECEIVED FORGIVENESS, THROUGH FAITH AND REPENTANCE, AND THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE! A true worshiper doesnt need to seek for a reason to worship and praise the Lord, he simply worships HIM because of WHO HE IS!
Remember dear saints of God, ALL the Lord has brought you through. The many times you thought you just couldnt face another day, and in his mercy he gave you strength to carry on. Remember the many times hes provided for you, and the times youve felt alone Hes ALWAYS been there. When your family and friends forsook you, HE WAS THERE and did not abandon you. Remember the price HE paid that we may be reconciled to the Father and have Eternal Life with Him. Remember His GREAT, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE even when you spoke unkindly about Him, was angry towards Him, He STILL LOVED YOU with an EVERLASTING LOVE! ENTER INTO HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING and INTO HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE: BE THANKFUL UNTO HIM, AND BLESS HIS NAME! MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD; AND HIS MERCY IS EVERLASTING! .HE IS WORTHY!!
I love you all so very much. Have a blessed week in the Lord and remember: Whatever we do, do ALL for the GLORY of GOD, who ALONE is worthy of the GLORY and the PRAISE!
May the peace of the Lord be with you today and always .Khandielese
Daughter & Servant
of the Lord God
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