April 06, 2018: SOAP #3046: 1Samuel 1-2; Psalm 66; 2Corinthians 7 Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 66:1 Shout with joy to God, all the earth! 2 Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious! Observation:    I do not have to praise God; my arms are not twisted until I give in and praise His […]

April 06, 2018: SOAP #3046: 1Samuel 1-2; Psalm 66; 2Corinthians 7

Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 66:1 Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
2 Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious!

Observation:    I do not have to praise God; my arms are not twisted until I give in and praise His name.   I get to praise God; it is my joy; it is my pleasure.   And I should do it in a way he deserves.   My praise should be enjoyable to Him!  He should take great pleasure and delight in my praise to Him!

Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 66:8 Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard;

Observation:    Not only should God hear my praise, the people around me should also hear my praise to God!   They should hear the sound of joy in my voice.   They should hear respect and honor.   They should hear my appreciation.

Application:    May those overhearing my praise start thinking, 'Leon must serve a wonderful God!   His God must be real special.   I wonder if I could meet that God?'

Prayer:      Holy Spirit, guide my thoughts so that the words that come out of my mouth influence the people who hear what I say.   May they also want to serve my God!  Amen

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!