40 Days of Increase | Day 15
—by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
David, the shepherd boy that killed the giant named Goliath and became King of Israel, wrote praises to God. They are part of the Psalms. Scholars say he wrote 73 of the 150 Psalms as they appear in the King James Bible. There are other authors besides David in the book of Psalms; men like Asaph, the sons of Korah, Solomon, Moses and others. There are also praises and psalms written throughout other books of the Bible, too. Not all compositions of praise are written or spoken by men. There are praises by Moses’ sister Miriam, Deborah, Mary, and others. The point is, the field is wide open. To me it makes sense for everyone to write down some praise to the Lord. Why wouldn’t we?
What would be wrong with a personal praise diary? How about a Bible commentary that doesn’t necessarily try to comment on Scripture, but instead positively praises God for each and every verse. Maybe I will write that book. I will not call it a commentary. I will call it a praisentary. (I officially claim that new word!) Why not devote an entire website to praise of the Lord Jesus, so that the whole world can join in? (Well, actually, I confess. Last year I started the world’s first plog. A plog is a praise blog. I claim that new word, too!) I figured it would be better to write praises to God for the world to see than to waste time surfing the web. You can check out my praise blog Simplified Praise here. I would be sincerely honored if you would magnify the Lord with me!
David’s psalms are probably the most read literature in the history of the world. For some reason, he was moved by God to write out his praises and recite them before the great congregation, as he called it. My guess is that he also had private praises and secret psalms that we have never seen. I imaging that he kept those psalms between himself and his Savior. Regardless, you would have to admit, David and the other Psalm writers made an increase of Christ when they composed and wrote down their praise.
Its up to you if you allow others to see your praises or not, but if God directs you to do so, so let your light shine! Allow others to be blessed by your praises to God. In this way, Christ is increased in yourself and in a multitude of others. What if we all did more praising of Christ and less TV watching and other forms of time-wasting?
Your daily practical tasks
Pray and write out Colossians 3:16 in your notebook with your heart and mind fully engaged.
Today, write down some praise regarding your relationships. Remember, when Christ is praised, He has increased increased in you—and may increase in others if they read or hear your praise. Either way, Christ is increased and God is glorified. Here, below, is my praise to Christ for the whole-wide world to see and hear. Would I be upset if my praises to Christ went around the world? No way! May Jesus Christ be increased by all of us, all the time!
Jesus, I praise You for everyone You have allowed me to know.
Jesus, I praise You for those I will see today.
I praise You for friends I have yet to meet.
I praise You in advance for today’s opportunities and each divine appointment that You will arrange.
Each person I meet is a divine appointment—there are no accidents in Christ.
Lord, I have praised You for my parents.
I have praised You for my sisters and brother.
I have praised You for my wonderful wife, my children, each one.
I praise you now for the miracle of my children’s children!
I praise you for my friends all over the world!
How wonderful it is to know You, Lord.
To know You.
My heart is free in praise to You. Really free.
I know for certain You created my heart specifically to lift up Your Holy Name!
Jesus, I praise You with all my being, with all my soul. Amen.
Have an awesome and inspired day in Christ.
HE MUST INCREASE
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