Make it Loud

AFL Grand Final, MCG, September, Every Year

  • All of Australia is watching, including over 100,000 people in the stadium.
  • There are so many flags, balloons and streamers, they cannot be counted.
  • The roar of the crowd is deafening. People chant, scream, whistle, and wave their arms & flags around.
  • The atmosphere is electric.

The Dedication of Solomon’s Temple, Jerusalem, the seventh month, 1005 BC.

  • All of Israel were there to celebrate.
  • So many sheep and cattle were offered to the Lord, they could not be counted.
  • 288 musicians plus 120 trumpeters played praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, joined by all the singers – it was deafening.
  • The atmosphere … the presence of the Lord came down and filled the temple with a cloud, and the priests could no longer perform their service.

Imagine what could happen if we praised our Lord in Heaven just as well as we cheered for our favourite football team? Could we see the glory of God fall in our churches? Personally, I’d rather see that than who wins the Grand Final … what about you?

“Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” [Psalm 150 NIV]

Published in: on 17th May, 2011 at 9:53 am  Leave a Comment  
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Heaven’s Least

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” [Ps 84:10a NIV]

There is nothing that compares to the presence of God. As the Rev Frederick B Meyer put it, “earth’s best cannot bear comparison to Heaven’s least.”

And that’s all about I have to say about it, because words cannot portray it effectively. Listen to this song linked below–Casting Crowns did a good job at describing what I feel.

“At Your Feet” by Casting Crowns

Published in: on 1st March, 2011 at 10:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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Puppy Licks

The twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. [Rev 4:10 KJV]

 I love worship. It is my favourite part of the church service. A time when I forget the world around me and bask in the love of God and the magnificence of who He is. Everything else just fades away into nothingness before Him. Ahh, so refreshing…

But, I digress. I have, over the years, done some study on worship and today I want to share with you one of my favourite discoveries. When I learned this, it made me love to worship even more.

One of the words for worship in Greek–indeed it is used in this verse as well as many others–is proskuneo. Proskuneo means to fawn, crouch or prostrate oneself before the Lord. But, it has the essence of kissing–like a dog licking its master.

Everyone who owns a dog knows just how affectionate they are, without reserve or without inhibition. They just pour out their puppy love all over us, whether we ask for it or not, and you cannot help but smile at them.

That is a great picture of how we can love and worship God.  Here is my challenge for the day–try to let down your guard, your inhibitions–free yourself to worship with a little less restraint.  He is worth it and He cannot help but respond with His love in return. 🙂

Published in: on 15th November, 2010 at 7:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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All I Need

I sang this song last night, and really it couldn’t mean more to me than it does at the moment. He is all I need.

  

He is my rock, the Lord is my strength

A place of shelter in times of need

He is the peace in the middle of the storm

When I am down in the deep, dark valley

He is the light that shines before me

When I am lost, He shows the way and leads me home

 

When I fall, He picks me up

When I am thirsty, He fills my cup

When I am tired, He lifts me up and carries me

I know that He loves me, I know that He cares

He never leaves me, He’s always there

He holds my hand, He heals my heart, He sets me free

 

You know He gives me so much joy

There is nothing, no nothing that can ever destroy

His Spirit is living, working and transforming me

He may be all that I have

He may have all that I am

But my Jesus, He is all that I need

©2010 Amanda Deed

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. [Ps 46:1 NIV]

Published in: on 18th October, 2010 at 8:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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Inspiration at dawn

I love to go for early morning walks. There’s something stimulating about the freshness of a new day. The sun is just coming up, splashing colour across the sky. The birds are singing their morning song, and the trees reflect the golden glow of the rising sun. This is when I feel closest to God.

Perhaps it is that my mind is not yet crowded with the day’s demands. Perhaps it is the still-quiet state of the neighbourhood–apart from the distant hum of traffic and the occasional car passing nearby. But maybe, and I think most-likely, it is that Creation around me is praising the Lord along with me.

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago about the earth spinning with joy, but the Bible also mentions the trees clapping their hands, the oceans resounding, the heavens singing and much more. Just as the earth spinning seems a natural process to us, but is actually the earth’s response to the Creator, perhaps the crashing waves, the splendour of sunrise in the skies, the rustling of wind in the trees, the song of birds–perhaps they are all creation’s way of praising their Maker.

And walking amidst this vast choir of celebration, I cannot help but join in and lift my voice and thoughts to my Heavenly Father above, and give Him all the glory.

Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel. [Isaiah 44:23 NIV]

Do you find being in the middle of nature inspires you to worship?

Published in: on 6th September, 2010 at 8:21 am  Comments (1)  
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