Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And all that is within me,   
bless His holy name.   
Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And forget none of His benefits.   
- Psalms 103:1-2   
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Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

We come together to praise God as the great creator and sustainer of all things.  He is a loving god who showers us liberally with all blessings.  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17).


          All living things created by him in this physical world owe him Praise.  He has commanded that our worship and praise be in spirit and in truth.  God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24).  That is what we gather today as the collective to do, to offer our sacrifices of praise.  Our worship manifests itself in this praise.  In addition, just as the Priests of old, we are to prepare ourselves for this service in advance, individually; so, we can offer acceptable worship collectively and never praise Him individually in a hypocritical manner.  This, God abhors.


          Even those in Heaven praise God continually, unfettered by the physical distractions and limitations of this world caused by man’s introduction of sin (Rev. 22:3).  John's revelation: The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”   Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” (Rev. 4:8-11)  Angels not only praise God in heaven, but also have praised God from our physical world as an example at Christ’s birth in Luke 2:13-14.


          The conclusion of the whole matter is that all living things in existence are to praise the all-mighty God with worship in a reverent manner.  Praise, that only He is worthy of.  Let us praise our God together in spirit and in truth.


-Marc  Hopkins