Free Book 2 Discipleship Training

Praise 

                                 How to Connect to God’s Power and Presence Through Praise

 

Kim and Bettye Carroll

Discipleship Training (Book 2)

 

 © Copyright 2018 Kim and Bettye Carroll

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We dedicate this book to the many men and women who have given their lives to the training and discipling of others.

 

Kim and Bettye Carroll have been pastors in Lexington, KY, for over 35 years and have traveled and ministered extensively in over 25 countries. They have authored several training booklets and have felt their call is to help establish His Kingdom by the building up of the saints through training and discipleship. Kim and Bettye have been married 41 years, have 6 beautiful daughters, 1 amazing niece who they consider a daughter, 3 wonderful son-in-laws and 5 of the cutest  grandchildren in the world.

Preface

It has been said “it’s the simple things in life that can be so meaningful”. As a Christian, there can be nothing more meaningful or important than spending time with Jesus Christ. Through this time with Him we get to know our Lord. It begins with the simple things we learn, such as prayer, reading the Bible, and worship. These can eventually turn into powerful tools for our growth in the knowledge of Jesus.

Yet many Christians fail in developing any such practices. They have no set discipline of spending quality time with God in worship, prayer, or just reading and studying the Bible. It’s as if spending time with Jesus is just not important to them. Many lack true spiritual depth and this doesn't seem to bother them. It should never be this way. The sad part is many have never been taught or trained in how to practice these truths or even why they should. They just fill the pews of churches every Sunday, content they did their part. The concept of what an awesome privilege it is to spend time with our King is just not in their Christian practice.  But in following Christ Jesus it should be seen as one of the most important priorities we could ever place in our lives. We should want to be with Him, as much as He wants to spend time with us. 

I know sometimes things can become a bit clueless, maybe a little dull, or even stagnant but the first thing we should  recognize is God didn't change. He didn't go anywhere and He could not possibly be boring. He is still generating His new life to us. Therefore we have to draw a circle around ourselves and do what is necessary to change our situation.

One powerful way which changes where we are at is  everyday set aside a time to declare His praise. It shakes the heavens, it sends a message to the enemy to back off, and it always takes us to a different place with Him. When we state who we believe God is and what He is capable of doing, a definite shifting starts taking place. While I believe God does enjoy this practice from us, I think He enjoys what this does for us more.

We have so many great Bible stories illustrating this truth from Jehoshaphat to Paul and Barnabas in prison. There is no question about it, when we praise God, things happen. It starts in the heavenlies then moves to the earthly but more importantly, it Spiritually begins to transform our lives. 

I present this book as a tool to be used in developing a life of praising the living Lord. A tool anyone can learn and use for spending time with God. To  learn and grow in this practice of praising Him will give you a tool that you can pull out and use anytime you want. Like riding a bike, we may have stopped riding once we entered the car phase of our lives but we can still, even though it’s been years since riding, get on a bike as if we never stopped. For me, learning certain methods and having these as tools on hand, enables me to know how to spend that quality time with God. Just like riding a bike, once we learn how, we can use it anytime we need. This book is to help you understand the  powerful truth of why we should praise God, as well as what happens to us when we do praise the living Lord. The last section is a devotional designed to lead you through the practical application or practice of praising God. 

Hopefully this book will help anyone that desires to develop a discipline of praise. It can give you a great and powerful tool which can be used to maintain your time with the Lord. This book is one of those disciplines I have learned that is still full of life everytime I pull this tool out. I hope it will become the same for you.  I hope you can learn how to have that audience with our King. 

 

Table of Contents

 

Section 1

Establishing the Roots

Chapter 1   You Want Me To Do What?

Chapter 2   Connecting 

Chapter 3   I Have More Important Things To Do

Chapter 4   No Magic Pills

Chapter 5   Simply Amazing

Chapter 6   It’s Always Personal

 

Section 2

Growing the Fruits

Chapter 7   Simply Because

Chapter 8    Who Am I

Chapter 9    What In the World Am I Thinking

Chapter 10  True North

Chapter 11  I See a Small Cloud

Chapter 12  I Heard That

Chapter 13  The Best Craftsmanship

Chapter 14  I Have the Game On

Chapter 15  Rubbing Elbows

Section 1

Establishing the Roots

Chapter 1

You Want Me To Do What?

Training is one of the greatest fundamentals of our Christian walk and can be one of the more neglected practices. Why is it we have Christians who have sat in churches for years yet do not know much about scriptures or how to share their faith? Some Christians act like they are being burdened when suggesting they form a habit of prayer, worship, and reading their bible. One of the saddest positions you run into are those who agree they need to practice these things, and their response is, “tomorrow”, but they never follow through.

Every Christian should be concerned about the development of their individual spiritual growth. No matter where you may be in your Christian walk you should always be concerned about growing in your relationship with Jesus. If we are not growing then we are dying. To ever think we are old enough and mature enough that we can just somehow put it into auto-pilot is just wrong. It doesn't matter how old we are in the Lord we should still have practices that keep us strong, sharp, and in tune with what the Lord is saying and doing. 

This is the reason training is so important. Here is a familiar Bible story to illustrate this point. We all have heard the story of David and Goliath. A small shepherd boy goes out and defeats a giant with a sling. The giant had a spear and sword, David had five smooth stones and his sling. David said he had killed the bear and the lion with just his sling and the giant would be no different. He said God was with him then and God would be with him now. Not to take any of what God did from this story because God truly was with David, but the sling was a very powerful weapon of its day. Here is what you should know about slingers of this day. Slings were long leather straps with a pocket. Slingers were as important in an army as the archers. Slingers could hurl their projectile as far as an archer, up to a quarter of a mile. Good slingers could hit any part of the enemies body they aimed at. Their projectiles would leave their slings at 60 even up to 80 MPH. 

Judg 20:15-16

At once the Benjamites mobilized twenty-six thousand swordsmen from their towns, in addition to seven hundred chosen men from those living in Gibeah. 16 Among all these soldiers there were seven hundred chosen men who were left-handed, each of whom could sling a stone at a hair and not miss. NIV

1 Chron 12:1-2

THESE ARE the ones who came to David at Ziklag, while he yet concealed himself because of Saul son of Kish; they were among the mighty men, his helpers in war. 2 They were bowmen and could use the right hand or the left to sling stones or shoot arrows from the bow; they were of Saul's kinsmen of Benjamin. AMP

1 Sam 17:40

Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. NIV

1 Sam 17:49-50

Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. 50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. NIV

The point here is not to give a lesson on the sling David would have used, but to understand David had been using his sling since he was a small child and by this age was extremely proficient and very deadly with his sling. He said he had killed a bear and a lion with his sling. This is how confident he was with the use of his sling, he said Goliath would be like one of them. Now with the hand of the Lord with him in battle, unbeatable.

The point here is practice and the use of disciplines will give us an amazing edge in our walk with God. We start off learning to do something and may feel a little insecure. But over time by continual practice we become better at it and more confident. 

Here are the three main reasons for us to be trained in Godly practices.

1.They help to discipline our flesh and form the right habits. 

2. The more we practice something the better we become at it and our trust and confidence in God grows. 

3. When we are trained we are confident in His ability in us which allows Him to call on us anytime to be used as He has need.

The serious problem which happens to many Christians is they learn to sit in a pew and get comfortable. We need to find those disciplines Jesus practiced and taught His disciples and never stop growing in our knowledge of them. Whatever discipline you begin to train in you need to become proficient at it.

There are many men and women who have been Christians for years and still struggle with practices of prayer, reading their Bible, hearing His voice, and spending quality time with the Lord. These are simple truths which they should have learned and become semi-confident at within their first year or two. Obviously these are the areas we will always be growing in but the question remains, are we still growing in these areas? Are we still going deeper or have we plateaued and become stagnant or just never learned certain practices? Remember you are either growing or dying, there is no in between.

Well the good news is, no matter where you are in your walk with Jesus  you can learn and train yourself and grow as a Christian. We are never too young nor can we ever be too old to be used by God in His Kingdom. If you are just starting out find methods that will train and discipline your life and form habits that will keep you strong. But establish the habits which will be like a good tool you will use in spiritual growth your whole life. Remember it's not the habit that gets us anywhere with God, but it does keep our heart in the right place in which God can speak to us and use us mightily.

Look at it this way, it is not the discipline of a consistent prayer time that gets us anything, but it is a consistent time with God that gets us where we can learn and grow. The more He communicates with us the stronger our walk becomes, and the more we keep growing deeper with Him. Our training and practice in Godly disciplines is a must for every Christian in maintaining a strong healthy walk with God. Look at this scripturally:     

1 Cor 9:24-27
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. NIV
2 Tim 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. NIV
1 Tim 4:7-8
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.NIV
Heb 5:14
But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. NIV
Heb 12:11
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those

who have been trained by it.  NIV
Gen 14:14-15
When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. NIV

1 Chron 5:18

The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 men ready for military service — able-bodied men who could handle shield and sword, who could use a bow, and who were trained for battle. NIV
1 Chron 25:7
Along with their relatives — all of them trained and skilled in music for the Lord-they numbered 288. NIV
Luke 6:40

 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. NIV

Mark 1:35-36
35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. NIV
(Mk 6:46, Lk 4:42, 6:12)

Hopefully we can see through these scripture references how important training is. From battle ready warriors, musicians leading worship, to prayer or studying scriptures, all of life and godliness, it is the trained which have the advantage. It is the trained that know what to do and it is the trained God uses because He knows they are ready.

The main reason to offer this practice of praise is because it is easy to learn and remember, and it will always enable you to know what to do when you get with the Lord. It is a discipline once you learn it, you will have it for the rest of your life. Again, we need methods that assist us in training ourselves. But the method is only there to get you doing what He can bless. To get your heart where His heart is and the two of you can communicate with each other. Every Christian you will ever meet who is strong in the Lord usually has some sort of system, method or practice they’ve trained themselves in which eventually became their habit. 

Let me share my own journey. I have had a personal time in prayer, worship, and praise every morning. I have gotten up automatically every morning for the last 35 years. Usually, I wake up at 5 to 5:30 AM and spend an hour or two with God. But I didn't always have this. Many years back I read a book on prayer and realized I needed an everyday practice of this in my life. So one morning I set the alarm at 5 am and got up. To my surprise and disappointment there were no angels singing, Jesus was not there in the flesh to greet me. Instead, it was a very trying time to just stay awake. Many times I fell asleep and sometimes on my knees only to wake with the lower half of my body having no feeling. But I was consistent and within a few weeks I was getting up with no problem and today I don’t even use the alarm, I just wake up. Sometimes in my half asleep state with God I needed something to pray about or a song to worship with, or just have my mind be able to do something. I needed a starting place to center myself and focus on and that’s where I began to praise the Lord. 

I had read how powerful praise is and I knew the scriptures that talked about it, but I needed help in how to get started. So I took the alphabet and started there. I would think of a word that would describe God starting with A, then B, but I would think over the words and before long my heart was engaged. The system I was using just got me moving in the right direction with the right thoughts and then my heart began to take over. 

The training of certain practices is powerful for giving you a starting point with God.  It allows us a way to move in the right direction. This practice helped me clear my mind with the right thoughts and pursue Jesus, engaging my heart and faith to give me that quality time with the Lord which I still maintain to this day. Since the day I began to practice this truth and now 35 years later, it's a tool I still use in spending quality time with the Lord.
 

Chapter 2

Connecting

 

Let's define the biblical words for praise. Understanding these words and how they are used in the Bible is what empowers us. There are 7 main words you will find in the Bible for “praise”. 

The first one is “halal”, it is where we get the word “hallelujah”. It is also the main base word for praise. It means to shine, show, boast, to rave, and to celebrate. To tell the Lord how great He is in your own words. To express what you feel and think about Him. 

The second one is ”yadah” which has a main meaning of extended hands, or using your hands by raising them in praise and worship. This is also seen as a way of showing the surrendering of one’s self.

The third “tehillah” which means to sing with words from your heart. This was the singing of special songs in praise and worship to the Lord. This word base comes from “halal” so its means to sing your words in praise to the Lord.

The fourth word is “towdah” primarily used to express thanks to God. It was the way to lift up hands  (coming from root word “yadah”) and give thanks to the Lord. In the Bible some places use thanksgiving which is interchanged with praise. The giving or offering of thanks was a form of praise.

The fifth word is “shabach” which is to shout or get loud with your words. But not just for the purpose of being loud but to put all of yourself into it, to do with all your heart. 

The sixth word is “barak” which means to kneel and bless the Lord. It was an outward action to show adoration. A way of showing that you are yielding or giving place to Him. 

The seventh is “zamar” which simply means to praise the Lord using stringed or musical instruments. To praise God with music.  To use the instrument as an extension of self in praising God.  

So as we can see there are many ways to praise God, but all are to be seen first as an extension of our self. It is our heart and mind and even our body bowing in reverence to God. Letting Him know by whichever method, how we see Him and feel about Him. If our heart and mind are not connected, if it is not an extension of ourselves, then our words are meaningless. However if we give God our best, in our expressions of worship, praise, and thanksgiving then it becomes a heart offering to God.

Now there will be days our praise will seem better than others. But how we feel has no bearing on whether we are extending ourselves to Him. Are we doing it for the right reasons, are we offering our lives in praise toward Him? If we are, then we will connect with the Lord. Praising God with a wrong heart attitude will connect you with religion and it's works. This only makes our flesh stronger instead of strengthening our spirit and heart. The true power of praise comes from connecting with God, not the act. The heart is extending through our actions whether singing, shouting, dancing, kneeling, or lifting our hands, these are all expressions of the heart. Our heart is connected to the expression. If it is just the expression without the heart then it is dry and meaningless. But by declaring out loud how we feel in our hearts it becomes a true act of praise and an acceptable offering to God.

Matt 6:21

 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. NIV

Matt 12:34-35
For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. NIV

Matt 15:8-9
"'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.' NIV

As we see at the beginning of this chapter, the different words are describing various ways our bodies express praise to God. However we need to understand whatever form we take whether raising our hands or declaring with our lips thanks and praise to His name, it is always meant to be an extension of our hearts. 

 

Chapter 3

I Have More Important Things To Do

 

There is no statement that could be more wrong than  “I don’t have time”. You may hear from some Christians, “I’m too busy”, “I’m too tired”, “When do I have time?” Yet this is what is really being said, “I don't have time for the God of the universe”. “The one who saved me, blessed me, gave me a good life is wanting to spend time with me, but I am so busy, I just can't find time to do it.”  The real truth is, we do not want to take the time to spend with Him. If we are honest, we would say we don't see it as that important, it's not that needful in our lives, after all I am saved and will get into heaven, right? Face it, your life and schedule is more important.  

But what if this was a marriage? Would a marriage like this work? Occasionally, in any relationship, there will be times we are busy. But if it is all the time or your busy schedule is the normal way of life, then you know there will be something wrong in the relationship. If you love someone then you want to find time to be with them no matter how tired or busy you are. We say God loves us, so we know He is wanting to spend time with us. God was the one who created this concept of spending time with the person you love. We know the Lord holds up His side of the relationship therefore we do not have to look far to figure out who needs to change. 

Here is a statement you need to take into your heart and mind, “Any time spent with The Lord Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, even if it’s just a few minutes a day, will never be wasted time”. Look at this through the perspective of importance. If you got a call from the president of the United States or anyone that you would deem seriously important, and they wanted to meet you, would you not work it out in your schedule? Even if they said I can only meet with you for 30 minutes, would you place a priority on this meeting? Even in a marriage it is absolutely imperative that the couple find that time and spend with each other. Some couples set apart a special night which they call date night, they make this time a priority. They find the babysitter and they go out to dinner and maybe a movie, even if it is only a couple of hours, they got to enjoy each other’s company and companionship for the night. The point was to be with each other, alone, just the two of them.  They see this as important to their relationship and of course their marriage. Time spent together like this creates a strong bond, deepens your knowledge of each other and builds a good marriage. This is why we deem it as important. So the level of importance is how we will prioritize our schedule.

Now think before answering these next three questions;

Do you believe God enjoys your company and wants to spend time with you? 

Do you enjoy His company and want to spend time with Him?  

So how important is God Almighty to you?  

God has to be the most important person in the whole universe and He wants to spend time with you.  Even if you only get 5 minutes, is He not worth it? Wouldn't this be the most important 5 minutes you spend in your day? When you start to make an effort to meet with the Lord, it slowly becomes something you will do more often and spend longer times doing. It is an absolute necessity that mankind spend time with their creator. All things pertaining to life and godliness come out of this time. Spending any amount of time with God is never wasted time, but time gained. 

To spend time with Him brings so many things into our grasp. Things from His wisdom, His life, and the strength to deal with the natural life that is coming at us, which sometimes feels like full speed. But when we stop, even for little time with God, it automatically places an importance on the Lord. We make a statement that says, “He is more important than my busy schedule or my tiredness, and all other things which were important now take second place to Him”. 

Any time we spend with the Lord will never be wasted, but will be seen as precious in His eyes. Remember He wants this time with you. He saved you and redeemed you, blessed you, calls you His son or daughter. Never, ever think He isn't concerned with your life and doesn't want that time with you. He knows what it took for you to stop what you were doing and by your actions say, “You're more important to me right now Lord”.

Make it a priority to set apart daily time for the Lord. Learn to be with Him and enjoy His power and presence in your life. If you are new at this, just make the decision,  find the time and do it. It may be early morning or late night, it doesn't matter, if it's your time to be with Him. Just be consistent. If you start out with 15 minutes then make it your goal to spend 30, if you get there then make it longer if you can. But be consistent. Don't ever be discouraged with the length of time, but start somewhere. Remember anytime spent with Jesus is never wasted time.  Keep in mind by giving Him this time you are giving Him part of your life.  So if it's His time, then be there. He is always completely 100% there, ready to be with you, then the goal of your heart should be the same.      

Chapter 4

No Magic Pills

 

We should know there is no magic formula or pill to make God show up and perform for us. Even as you read this book on how to practice praising the Lord and you apply yourself, it still will not be enough. It's having the right frame of mind and heart which moves God. We connect by opening up ourselves to learn and follow as scriptures instruct us. This is how we fellowship with Him.  If we think we can do 1,2,3 and “presto” God shows up, the end result will be a ridiculous religious practice. 

I will share a personal example. A few years back I went through some discouraging times. On one of days I was down and discouraged I decided I would praise God anyway. I went into a little room I had set up that I called my prayer room. I sat down and absolutely nothing was happening. I did not feel like praising or praying about anything. But I began to praise Him in spite of how I felt. As I praised Him I didn't feel like anything was working, and for sure nothing was lifting. So I got a little more determined and began to say my praise statements with more forcefulness and meaning. I started to feel my heart get more intentful or as we might say I had a more heartfelt attitude.  I really do not know how long I was in there praising God but I connected and I was into it. I was declaring the Lord was the greatest of all and was feeling it. Before long I was shouting, and singing with all my heart. By the time I came out of that room, which had been awhile, I was daring the devil to show himself. I couldn't even remember why I was discouraged but I did know how great my God was and that He was 100% for me. 

Now what happened?  Was it me praising God as a formula to get God to move or did my praise move me closer to God and I came under His power and presence?  I personally believe it was the latter. I believe when we worship, praise, give thanks, or pray it's not a formula that makes God move but it is how we draw near to Him and come under His influence.  

Heb 10:22

 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, NIV

Ps 73:28

But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;I will tell of all your deeds. NIV

Heb 4:16

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. NIV

James 4:8

Come near to God and he will come near to you. NIV

1 Chron 28:9

If you seek him, he will be found by you; NIV

Ps 145:18

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. NIV

 

The bible seems to be clear on this point, He wants you to come to Him, but with a right heart. We get our heart right by following certain protocols in approaching Him. As we are following these protocols, in the midst of this, our heart turns and begins to align itself properly which makes us aware of God. Our heart gets right and we begin to connect with the living God. He didn't go somewhere He was always there but we couldn't see with the eyes of our heart until we engaged our heart properly.

We come to Him, we draw near to Him and He states that He will gladly do the same with us. This is how we make this connection to the living God. So it's not a 1,2,3, and boom, magic, we connect. But rather it’s by certain disciplines we have learned to practice that assists us in getting our hearts in the right place, a place of humility, a place of relationship and then our eyes see the wonders of the Lord. 

So in my story of praising God it was not a formula, it was getting my heart in the right place with Him. Think of it this way, when we want to see something but there are people or obstacles in the path of our view we will stretch around them in order to see, or even physically move closer to get a better view. It is no different with God, He did not move, but it's us stretching or moving to a place where we can get a better view of Him. The right place is where He already sits and we can come into this place by moving to where He is. Just as I stated I didn't feel like praising God, I stretched and moved until I got a view. Once I started to see, things came into focus for me. I began to feel His strength and power. God didn't change or move but I changed and moved to a new level of encouragement. He lifted me to His place and in doing so this changed my outlook. Again, it was not the formula that got me close to God but it did give me my starting place. I knew the truth in praising God.  If I could begin to praise Him and get my heart into it, He would do the rest.

 

Chapter 5

Simply Amazing

Whenever we hear of the power of God our minds naturally go to some sort of amazing feat that just wows everyone around the event. We want to think of miracles of healing, dead being raised, or signs and wonders of outstanding feats that simply defy the natural realm we live in. No doubt our God does these but He is also involved in simple things in our lives as well. After all Him saving us, was that not a miracle? Did it not involve His supernatural ability to enter our lives and transform us? God’s life and Spirit through His power was actually fused into our lives which resulted in us being saved. Being saved through the life of Jesus Christ is still one of the most powerful and miraculous acts of God that He does.  

But again, who doesn't want to see and hear about the amazing miraculous feats of God, the dead being raised and such. But we cannot get so caught up in the external realm of having to see these “wow” events that we forget the full depth of His power. Even repentance is a supernatural event instigated by God’s power. 

Rom 2:4

 Or are you [so blind as to] trifle with and presume upon and despise and underestimate the wealth of His kindness and forbearance and long-suffering patience? Are you unmindful or actually ignorant [of the fact] that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repent (to change your mind and inner man to accept God's will)? AMP

The truth about repentance is God leads us there. He overwhelmed our heart and mind enabling us to turn from our sins and repent. Repentance literally means to change our mind and think a complete different way. It means we were walking one direction and turned 180 degrees and now walk in the opposite direction. Although we did not visibly see God, through an act of His kindness (some translations say mercy or lovingkindness), He moved on our heart in such a way that we felt His love. This love lead us away from sin and caused us to turn our lives over to Him.  How did He do this? He did it through His supernatural power. 

1 Cor 1:18-19

 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. NIV

1 Cor 6:14-15

 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. NIV

2 Cor 4:6-8

For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. NIV

 

If we are going to connect with God then we have to see everything He does, whether big or small, as supernatural. All His interactions with us, no matter what they may be are through His power. During a time of worship when our hearts are moved and His Spirit comes alive within us, this is supernatural. It is God's power working within us.  Maybe all of sudden we see something in our heart and begin to ask forgiveness for it, or we remember something that was important to bring before the Lord in prayer, this is supernatural. We may see Him in a certain way for the first time and begin to praise Him for that attribute. We may begin to ask on behalf of someone in prayer, who was the farthest thought from us but all of the sudden they are right there in our thoughts. These are demonstrations of His power overtaking and leading us, even at times pushing us toward what needs to happen. While you may not think these are on the same level as dynamic healings and such, they are just as powerful and contain just as much of God as any other display of His power. This brings us to the next point. 

If His power is there in any capacity then He personally has to be there as well. God cannot divide Himself. If His power is there even in the smallest of ways then He has to be there. You cannot have one without the other. So many look for external signs of His presence, but do we realize how great His internal presence is? If He moved on our heart then He is 100% there. This has nothing to do with whether we see something or feel something but whether we believe who He is and how He works. If His presence shows up then His power is there as well. If His power is there then He is present at that moment. We cannot disregard smaller things as God not being fully engaged with His power and presence.

People cry out for His presence not realizing if He is moving on their heart, His presence is there. But so often because of no outward sign or tangible feeling of His presence we walk away and in turn teach ourselves that if we didn't sense Him then He must not be present.  Instead, we must train ourselves that He is here whether we sense something tangible or not, whether we see something externally or not. Let's not miss the small internal things God is doing in us because we were looking for the more dynamic event. 

Remember, one word from God can change our life entirely, it can alter life changing events later in our life. We may not see it now, but days, weeks, maybe a year or two we will see how that time spent with Him changed the course of our life completely. He is always fully invested in what He does. He is always there with His power just as He is always there with His presence. Let’s train the eyes of our heart to see all the ways He moves and not just what our natural eyes can see. 

Matt 28:20

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." NIV

Matt 28:20

I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be). AMP

Ps 23:4

 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; NIV

Matt 1:23

"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us."  NIV

 

As you can see by these scriptures God states He is with us. Let this truth be solidified in our hearts, the Lord is right now here with us, and where His presence is, His power will be as well. Let's train our faith to always believe this truth. His presence and power is right here with us now.

Chapter 6

It’s Always Personal

 

You have heard the saying “don't take it personal”, which means there is some form of criticism coming right at you. When someone says “nothing personal” what are they really meaning? Usually they are making a judgement about something you did or said but don't want you to get upset. They want to criticize without anyone getting offended. But this disclaimer to begin with should tip you off it is directed toward your words or actions, their remarks are directed at you. 

 God’s main existence, as we see it through scriptures, has been His interactions with mankind.  In scriptures God is not doing anything else other than working with man. Yet when we read scripture we need to see with God it is all personal. He is always very personal with His interaction with man and how He treats man. We tend though to treat God with an attitude of He won't take it personal when we say or do something that is directed toward Him.  So when it comes to us, if we do not take it personal with God, our hearts wind up in the wrong place. To get back to the right place, we have to start taking it personal again. 

God purposefully directs you concerning His ways and His will of how things should be done. He goes further by letting us know it's the only way and you need to do it His way. I don't know how He could be any more personal than this. If we do not understand this, it is the same as us saying to God, “Lord don't take this personal, but I just don't feel like doing it your way.” How is God not to take this personal? This is also followed up with thoughts of  “It’s not that bad”. “Well God doesn't really care about a little disobedience here or there, surely He forgives us and His grace is there to cover us, right?”

Here is the point, do we believe we can hurt God? If not, then we believe in a relationship with Him where somehow He doesn't care what we do. When Jesus is asking us to do it His way is it okay if we do not take our side serious?  It’s as if we are saying, “Oh I really didn't mean anything by that Lord, nothing personal”. Who God is, in reference to us, and what He is doing with us should be viewed as very personal. Look at the meaning of being impersonal; not influenced by, showing or involving no personal feelings, to treat another as if they have no feelings or personality, they don't exist to you as a person, or you don't care how they feel. Being personal means you care. 

Taking our relationship personal with the Lord should be the standard we live by, and we should always correct our heart when we haven't been. Our understanding should always be to keep this relationship as personal as much as we possibly can, never wanting to offend Him.  Whether it is from God drawing near to us or us drawing near to God we should guard how we treat Him.  The more we keep this thought in our hearts the easier it is to keep the right perspective.  Taking care of our relationship is what God wants, after all He takes His side of the relationship seriously and He has done everything to maintain it. 

Going back to what was stated in the previous chapter, God did not change therefore it is the condition of man's heart that is up and down and all over the highway, as they say. It seems only right that we should be the ones that need to examine where we are and decide what we need to do to draw back to God. But the greatest part of this is, God, because it is personal with Him, already knows our condition and the minute we start moving back toward Him, He immediately moves toward us. You cannot get any more personal than this. But to make sure we have everything we need He sent His Son, His only Son, to show us the way. Through Jesus and the blood He shed on the cross for us (which is very personal), we are now equipped with everything we will ever need to draw near to God. Actually scripture states we should boldly with confidence, depending on which translation you read, come before Him, His throne. 

Eph 3:12
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. NIV

Heb 4:16
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. NIV

When we do not take our relationship serious is when God then takes it personal. He is saying there is nothing more I can do to give you the ability to come to Me and enjoy life with Me. So I give you the freedom to decide on your own. Of course when presented like this the obvious response is I'm coming, I want to enjoy the life you give us. This is also where the enemy wants to destroy anything we have in this area. The enemy never wants us to see anything with God as Him being serious towards us and he is always trying to get us not to reciprocate back by being distant or impersonal. 

Some of the best distractions the enemy throws our way is when we are doing good, bills are paid, good job, don’t really need much right now, we can kind of slack a little in our relationship with the Lord. We kind of callously say “I mean He understands, He forgives”. But this is presumption on our part because we are not taking it personal anymore. Any relationship where one or both parties start to presume means you're not talking and are projecting how you think they should respond without truly knowing.  Another form of distraction can be that life threw you a bad pitch and with it the obvious pressures, then throw in a disappointment or two, even maybe a discouraging situation, and we drift again from the relational end of our side. We may even start to blame God by thinking, “Why did He not see or help?”  or “Why did this happen?”.  But again we are presuming and projecting what we think is going on with His side of the relationship.

There is only one answer that the Bible has always revealed in these situations, and that is, go ask Him. Go get with Him, spend time with Him. Have the knowledge of his perspective in whatever scenario you might be in and you will find life, His life, you will find help, because He cares. If He sees everything with us as personal than our only response should be to make it personal right back with Him. Since we gave our hearts over to God everything we do is supposed to be 100% very personal. 

To approach God, to come before His throne with confidence and freedom we must have faith in our hearts. We must believe it is just as the scriptures state in coming to Him. Our belief is in a personal relationship and as such there is the possibility we could offend or hurt Him by what we say or do. Just like we could hurt or offend anyone else with which we are in a personal relationship. Since we understand this, our heart attitude should do what is necessary to maintain the right way of relating. Remember, faith does not go by what it sees or by feelings, faith responds to what His Word says is truth, no matter what is going on around us.  We are to always believe He wants to have this close relationship with us. He never moves away from us, it's our wrong heart attitude which moves us away from Him. But with our faith we believe He is right there moving toward us when we move toward Him.  Being personally involved is one of the greatest ways to stay engaged with the Lord the way He desires. If we continually remind ourselves that He is being as personally involved as He can be with us, then we should respond by being as personally involved as we can with Him. This is how we maintain a dynamic relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

Section 2

Growing the Fruits

 

The following chapters are to help you see the benefits and understand the importance of Praise in spending time with God. 

 

Chapter 7

Simply Because

 

Let's get serious, He is God Almighty. He is worthy of all praise. He is God of the whole universe. He is Lord of lords. He is King of all kings. He is the most powerful being that exists. He is the absolute smartest person that ever existed. God is exactly who He says He is, He is therefore worthy and deserving of our praise. Because He is holy. Because He is sitting on His throne. Because He Is, period. To offer praise to Him should always be a major part of the life of anyone that claims to be a follower.  He is Jesus Christ Lord of All. It should be in our heart to declare how much He is worth to us, how worthy and deserving He truly is to us.

 If you look in Revelation, the scene it reveals of heaven shows every person and creature worshipping and declaring His praises. They are stating He is worthy of all praise. If this is how it is in heaven surrounding His throne, how much more should it be an important part of our lives now here on earth?  Many times Ps 22:3 is misquoted as “when we praise Him He is enthroned by these praises, or makes a throne on these praises”, but a better rendering is that He is holy and has always been on His throne, therefore He should be our praise or we should be continually praising Him. His throne is surrounded by praise, 24/7 His throne is completely encompassed with praise for who He is. We are to join our praises in with those who already declare His praise at His throne. When we think of the Lord on His throne it energizes praise from within us. Therefore He is enthroned with our praises. He is God, therefore we offer Him praise because of how great His throne is. Again, if we are to offer praise to anyone it should be to the one who has done all these amazing things for us, He is our praise.  This needs to be our first response. We should continually, and consistently remind ourselves by telling Him, “You oh Lord are worthy of all my praise. You are on your throne, and You are enthroned with praise. You oh Lord are worthy and deserving of all praise whether from me or whoever, you are my praise”. 

Ps 22:3
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel. NIV

 

Deut 10:21

He is your praise; He is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes. NIV
 

Ps 22:3

But You are holy, O You Who dwell in [the holy place where] the praises of Israel [are offered]. AMP
 

Chapter 8

Who Am I

An absolute must for any believer is to know their God given identity. You must know who you are and who you belong too. Having a solid concept of this will take you to a whole different place with the Lord. So staying with our theme of praise it can be stated this way, “Praise is not just an action but an identity as well”. 

 Isa 38:17-19

In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins  behind your back. 18 For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness. 19 The living, the living — they praise you,  as I am doing today; NIV

Ps 115:17-18

 It is not the dead who praise the Lord, those who go down to silence; 18 it is we who extol the Lord, both now and forevermore. Praise the Lord. NIV

The fact is none of us praised God before we knew Him. Even if you were singing songs in a church every Sunday, but never truly had a heart conversion then you never really gave the Lord what He so honorably deserves. All of us before we knew the Lord were lost, we were zombies (walking dead). We were alive but did not have the author of life in us. But once we had a heart conversion, where Jesus came into our lives and began to live inside of us, we can now truly praise God with a voice among the living.

 Only the living can praise the Lord. So it's not just an action but it is part of our identity as well. I can now praise the Lord with a heart that can connect with Him. How exciting, you get to praise the Lord. Did you catch that, YOU GET TO PRAISE THE LORD. It is an honor and a privilege you did not have or even have the ability to do before. Those who do not belong to Him, who do not know Him, do not praise Him.  So every time you praise the Lord it is because you can, it is because He has allowed you to be a part of those who are among the living. Every time you praise God with your heart it proves you are alive, which in reality reveals His life within us.

His life is His image and it is this image of Christ that is under attack. We continually hear lies about God and ourselves and having to fight the battle of who God truly is and keeping the right self image according to the life within us. When I begin to praise the Living God and I understand it is because I am now among the living, it proves and solidifies my identity and image as being His. He knows this fact and encourages this life within us. We need to keep this solid in our faith so we can know who we are and who we belong to. If I am praising the living God then it is proof I belong to Him. If I am praising the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords then it strengthens my image which was created in Him and by Him. It continually tells me I don't have to hear the lies but I truly do belong to Him and He sees me as His own possession. 

Chapter 9

What In the World Am I Thinking

 

As it states in the title of this chapter, “What in the world am I thinking?” is most likely why you need to start praising God. Your thinking is of this world. Just like buying a new set of tires you need to have them balanced maybe even aligned. The scriptures state you are a new creature, a new creation in Christ. Therefore your life needs to be balanced and aligned with Him, since it's new “in Him”.

We must start a new way of thinking and the first place to start, is thinking right about God. This is exactly what praise does. As we praise God we are using words that describe who He is and what He can do, and how He interacts with our lives. Sometimes this may be a major alignment. Not only does it help align our thinking about God but it helps us realize the truth about ourselves and the truth of how He sees us. Ask yourself, how do you think He sees you? Do you think He sees you as bad or good? How you answered this should help you understand why getting His perspective of you is so important. Everyday when we praise God we are aligning our thinking. Why is this so important? There are myriads of research you can find on the subject of thinking, and thinking right.

The major studies reveal we have as many as 20,000 to 60,000 (some research state even more) thoughts per day. Now that's not the amazing part, just about all studies will agree that the majority of those thoughts are negative. Some studies state as much as 80% with the majority of those being repetitive. Our negative thinking is rooted in patterns related to our own beliefs usually about self image or self esteem issues. Other thoughts are about security, money, people, life, and everything else from an infant to whatever age you may be now.  This means negative thinking or beliefs, whether our fault or not is the way we see things and will ultimately influence the way we live our lives. Our fault or not, simply means that we are taught some of these patterns as a child from parents, teachers, and other authoritative influences. They can also be the result of events in our lives that has caused us to form dominate thought patterns, they may even be traumatic events. They may have been events we really didn't have any control over. But putting all of this to one side, we need to know that we are surrounded by negative waves of thinking all day long. From news to neighbors to co-workers we are surrounded by negativity that if left unchecked will influence our thoughts and affect our lives. They create stress, overwhelming anxiety, opression and even depression. This means these patterns of negative thought can actually affect our physical body. Doctors tell us this type of thinking can eventually cause illnesses to spring up in our bodies. One medical research conducted at the University of Maryland School of Medicine showed how internal thinking and external communication significantly affects our blood pressure, hearts, and alters the biochemistry of individual tissues at the farthest extremities of our bodies. 

There can be no doubt that the way we think influences our speech, the way we feel and how we act. So to get right to the point, we must see that negative thinking destroys our lives. It sets up the patterns we will respond to in all areas of our lives. Now the good news is Jesus Christ came and died for us, to set our minds free and give us the right way to think in all areas of life. He brings us our new way of thinking, the way our minds were originally designed by Him to think. If we begin to praise God by saying, “We praise You Lord for you are the God of all hope”, we are putting that thought into our mind. By continually doing this we are aligning ourselves up with God Almighty, the creator and designer of the whole universe. We are literally placing ourselves right with God. We are connecting our thoughts with the proper thoughts concerning the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. This moves us, to where He is and always was. Think how powerful this really is. We can at anytime, in as short as a breath begin to put ourselves in the right and proper place with God. We can instantly change a negative thought about God or about ourselves to the right one by aligning ourselves up with Him. 

Now as stated before there are no magic pills, just doing this does not change us unless we move our hearts into the process. It's not the action but it's the heart connection that will ultimately change and empower us. Our thoughts become His thoughts and His thoughts then we connect into our hearts. We now agree with our heart, what our mind is thinking and this puts faith into the words coming out of our mouths. This is true alignment. This connects us to the power and presence of God.

Rom 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. NIV

Eph 4:22-24

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. NIV

Col 3:7-11

7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. NIV
 

 
 

 

Chapter 10

True North

 

If you understood the last chapter in aligning your thinking, then your life is heading in the right direction. The sail of your boat is catching the wind. When we praise the Lord it sets our course, like a compass it points us consistently in the right direction. Maybe a better way of saying this, He starts to point you, lead, and guide you in the right way. Just like every time you pick up a compass it will point north, unless it's broken, which is never the case with God. God will always show you north, He will always point you in the right direction. You cannot spend time with God in any capacity and get the wrong direction. He only knows the right direction, He can only lead you to the right path, it's the only one He knows.

 When you are not sure or in question about the right way of doing something or right direction to go, begin to praise Him. As you offer up praise you are actually moving in the right direction automatically. Now it may take a little time before your heart catches up to where you are with Him and you connect. But when you do, just like a compass, you will find that you're always going to be facing north. You are going the direction you are meant to go, you will be on the path you are suppose to be on. Remember this truth, every time I praise the Lord, He leads me in the right direction. You cannot, absolutely never, get the wrong direction from God. Being with Him means you are on the right path.

 Again, He only knows one way for us to go. God is never confused about what is right and which direction is right. We are the ones who get confused and disoriented through life challenges and decisions we have to make. This is why we need this time with Him. We begin to praise God and things begin to come together, and even if they don't come together right away, we can walk away with the strength to handle what we may be going through. Why? Because when we praise Him we are coming in the direction with our true spiritual north. 

Chapter 11

I See A Small Cloud

 

When we spend time with the Lord, we begin to see the way He sees. A favorite story of mine begins in 1 Kings 17 where Elijah declares no rain until he commands rain. So for 3 ½ years it did not rain, then Elijah commands rain. As the scriptures state Elijah prayed 7 times, each time he sends his servant outside and asks him to tell him what he sees. He comes back and says he sees nothing but on the seventh time he sees a small cloud the size of a man’s fist. He had to keep looking, and as he does he sees a small rain cloud way off in the distance. 

We tend to be like this sometimes, we spend a little bit of time with God and come back and say we did not see a thing. But if we continue and spend more and more time getting our hearts involved we will begin to see, maybe small at first but as we spend that time our focus becomes sharper and clearer. Just like Elijah’s servant, we begin to see what God is doing. God is not trying to hide what He is doing from us but instead it is us who are out of focus. God is not hiding things from us but hiding things for us. It’s obvious though, we just do not see at times. 

When we begin to praise God and make a heart connection is when we begin to see. But what we see is what God sees. It is already there in God’s sight. He isn’t having any problem with sight. We need to set up our sight to be like His.  So as I spend time with God and connect into His power and presence my eyesight changes from the natural to the spiritual. With spiritual eyesight I can see the things of heaven, I can see how God sees, and I can see what God is looking at. Again, God has always had the same view of things, but when we spend that time with Him it begins to rub off on us and we begin to see the view He has, we see it just the way He sees it. 

When we are praising the Lord for who He is and what He has done, it slowly gives us spiritual vision. We begin to focus on His Spiritual realm and see the way we were intended to see.  It sets us up to see things differently, to see the way God sees things. God only has one view, His view. It is the only view He has had from the beginning. However, it is completely different than the way the world sees things. The world sees things from a self-centered view or a short term view. It does not see down through the generations.  As we praise God we are slowly putting on His lens. As we continually praise Him we are developing the right eyes to see. Just like Elijah’s servant we are seeing the rain clouds coming, but he had to keep looking, which takes persistence. We cannot just take a quick glance and walk away saying I didn't see anything. No, instead we keep praising the Lord and in turn see things rightly, from a Kingdom view point, from God’s perspective which will bring us the rain from heaven. 

Chapter 12

I Heard That

 

When reading the Bible about the life of Jesus we have to take into account how many times He used the phrases  “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” or “Hear what the Spirit is saying”. Obviously Jesus wanted those listening to know what He was saying was important. He needed them to not only hear but to understand. He wanted them to listen intently to grasp what He was saying.  The importance was to hear His truth because He knew what this truth would do for them. 

The question now as it was when Jesus asked it, “What are you hearing”? What you hear and the way you hear will either build your faith or slowly diminish it. There is no neutral place for your faith. Jesus even went so far as to say, “Consider carefully”, “Take heed”, and “Pay attention to what you are hearing”. This is the importance He placed on us hearing what He had to say.

Mark 4:23-25
23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." 24 "Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you — and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him." NIV

 

You cannot continually hear negative things and it not affect you. Just as  you cannot continually hear the right thing to do and not do it and think it’s okay. Both of these will affect your faith. Yet praise can turn both of these around.

When you praise God you are declaring who He is and what He is capable of doing. This will affect you in a positive way. It will eventually force the negative out and give you a fresh mental and faith filled outlook. This always gives you  strength to go and do what you are hearing. Praising God builds faith into your heart and mind. Here is a simple example. Read this outloud.  “I praise You Lord Jesus for You are powerful. I thank You that You have placed Your power into my life. For I know with you all things are possible and not only that but with You nothing is impossible. You are powerful and You have completely defeated the devil. You have all power and authority”. 

You can go on and on with this line of praise, but hopefully you are getting the concept. You cannot continually keep declaring His power and it not begin to turn your heart and mind to the knowledge of how powerful He is and how much power He has given and invested in you. In Mark chapter 5 we have the story of the woman with a sickness that was incurable.

Mark 5:24-29
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. NIV

 

The scripture states she heard about Jesus. Did you catch that? She heard, and she obviously heard Jesus could heal. What she heard she acted on. But it states she also thought to herself if I touch Him I will be healed. She was rolling around the right thoughts and actions which brought her healing. What she heard built faith in her heart to go to Jesus and get healed, which she did. 

When we spend time with God continually speaking out praises to Him, stating who He is and what He can do, it has the profound ability to change us. Our faith ignites and begins to tell us that we can do what God says we can do because we understand who He is and what He is capable of doing.  Just like the woman with the sickness, she heard about Jesus and acted on what she heard.

 Here is what you need to grasp, built into Jesus’ Words is the power of His faith to do what you are hearing Him say.  That’s right, His Words already have faith built into them and when we hear them they have the ability to produce what we hear when we act. Why, because every word of Jesus is living, alive with His power and ability.

Rom 10:17

 So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself). AMP

Heb 4:12

 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.  AMP

Rom 1:16

 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: NIV

1 Peter 1:22-23

   For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. NIV

John 6:63

 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. NIV

Every Word of Jesus is full of His life, power and Spirit to get done what was spoken. In praising God we can actually decide where we need help and then look at the scriptures pertaining to that area and begin to praise Him in this area. You need hope, begin to declare He is the God of all hope. Hope comes from Him  because He is full of hope and He fills us with the ability to hope. If you need strength, courage or boldness begin to declare who He is in these areas. When we praise His attributes, this builds our faith. Praising God actually helps our faith grow stronger and stronger. So if faith comes by what we are hearing then here is the question, what are you hearing? Decide today right now that you will  declare who God is and what He can do and carefully hear that. It is almost an impossibility to do this and it not build your faith. But remember the importance Jesus placed on this truth of hearing,  

Matt 7:24-27
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." NIV

Here He states it is the one who hears His Words and puts them into practice builds the right house. Now this leads us into our next truth about praise. 

 

 

Chapter 13

The Best Craftsmanship

 

One of the unique aspects that happens when we praise God is it builds us up. This simply means to increase or strengthen by adding to something. Of course that something is ourselves. Biblically to build up means you get with someone and encourage them, literally you put courage into them. You add your strength to theirs, therefore making them stronger than they were before you came along. It means you take someone from a lower state and with your abilities raise them up to a better or greater state of mind and heart. Now this is what praise does for us, except it is Jesus Himself putting His strength and courage into us. He is building us up. He is taking us from a lower state and with His ability being fused into us, raising us up to a higher or greater state. 

Of course all this happens because we are spending time with God.  We are approaching Him and drawing near to Him and of course as I stated in a previous chapter He is drawing near to us. As He gets closer to us we come into contact with all of who He is. He never holds back, it’s never going to be you only get part of Him. When He draws near it's all of Him, He is all there. You cannot walk away from this kind of encounter without it affecting your body, soul, and spirit and giving you the courage and strength you need. As we praise God it enables us, empowers us, and strengthens us. We get encouraged. We get built up. We need this everyday in our lives. There are so many ways to look at this.

Think in terms of a building, He is the master builder, He knows where every section of the building is to go, He knows how and where it is to be strategically placed. He is the one constructing our lives. He designed the building and is the one that will do the “building up”. He will provide all the material needed to complete every phase of the building process. He causes the building to rise. Let's look at this closer. 

1 Cor 3:9

 For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. NIV

Col 2:19

connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. NIV

Eph 2:21-22

 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. NIV

Eph 2:10

10 For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship, masterpiece), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. AMP

Ps 139:13-18
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you. NIV

 

The scriptures state you were uniquely and wonderfully created in your mother's womb and God Almighty knew you then. He knows every minute detail about you. He actually knows you better than you know yourself. You are His workmanship. You are part of His building and therefore part of His building plan. He knows how to build you into who you need to be. He is the master architect, He is the one who designed you after Himself, after the image and likeness of Christ Jesus.

Gen 1:26-27
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness,
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. NIV

Col 3:10

and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. NIV

This is why the scriptures state He knows your needs before you ask.

Matt 6:8

….. for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.NIV
 

If anyone knows our needs, knows how to build us up it has to be God. 

More importantly we need to know He wants to do this. The whole point of Jesus coming was to save and rescue us to pay our debt. Could there be any more powerful place in where to start building us up?  So every day as we get with Him, He will continue to do things in our lives for our edification and blessing.

Eph 1:3-5
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— NIV

 

Bless literally means to be empowered to prosper or succeed. He empowers us to succeed and prosper in everything we do that falls within the parameters of being blessed in Christ Jesus. The scripture says we have all the blessings Jesus has in the heavenly realm. Again, we cannot get near God and not walk away encouraged and built up spiritually, physically, mentally, and every other way that we need to be built up. As we praise Him He is responding with exactly the strength and courage we need to construct the right layers in our lives which is best for our building. He knows everything we need and as we praise Him, declaring who He is and what He can do, thanking Him for what He has done and will do, our building is going up. We are being worked on by the master builder Himself, The Lord Jesus Christ.  

 

 

 

Chapter 14

I Have the Game On

 

When we praise God it connects our life into the big picture. Since it’s His picture He knows why everything is in the picture. He knows how everything is to be planned.  Praise connects us to the purpose of this plan by connecting our lives into His picture. As we praise Him it continually gives us glimpses of the big picture revealing parts of His plans and purposes and where we fit.

Have you ever tried to put together one of those giant jigsaw puzzles that has at least a thousand pieces? At first glance into the large box of the individual pieces, it's hard to imagine they will form a picture. One random piece doesn't look like much of anything on its own. But once you start putting them together, the formation of a beautiful picture begins to take shape. Even if one piece is missing, the puzzle will be incomplete. As we praise God He engages us in a bigger picture, which increases our vision. He slowly opens up to us how important our piece is to the whole of the picture. 

So often there is this thought out there that you are insignificant to God. He doesn't need you. He can get it done with or without you. The only part of this statement that is true is He will get it done. But the truth is, He wants to use your piece in the puzzle. He didn't create you and then send Jesus to save you in order to push you to one side or see you as some insignificant person He doesn't really need. 

Think about this, what an insult to the blood of Jesus. He shed His blood to cast you to one side as no one of any importance? No, instead it is just the contrary, He saved you because He saw how He wanted to fit your piece into the picture. He sees your piece as significant which means He sees you as very significant.  As we praise God and spend that time with Him we begin to feel this significance. We feel His love for us and the place we have with Him. He begins to show us the big picture and our purpose in this picture. He places us where we need to be to make our lives work in His picture. He helps us see how our lives fit into His plan and purposes. 

A quick caution, remember they are His plans and purposes, and He is the one doing the placement. So often this is where things can get skewed. Some will try to make it about them and how important their piece is and how important their gifts are. Yet everyone needs to know everything we have of any depth spiritually was given to us and actually developed by the Lord into our lives. We owe everything to Him and Him alone. We were created to be used by Him and only He knows the best use for our lives. Don’t let your significance become pride and get ahead of how God wants to use you. He knows the best way to use our gifts and talents He endowed us with. By continually spending that time with God, offering up the praises to Him helps us to see our part properly. As we praise the Lord, He allows us to connect, He places our piece into the big picture and will allow us to be used greatly.

Chapter 15

Rubbing Elbows 

 

John 17:3

Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. NIV

 

Jesus said to know Him is eternal life. We get to know Him, God Himself. What an overwhelming honor and privilege. There are so many different things to look at concerning this statement.  It is the same as meeting a new person and then spending more and more time with them till you start to have an intimate knowledge of them. You start to know why they say things a certain way and act the way they do, the only difference is the person you are learning or getting an intimate knowledge of is the Lord Almighty, Himself. 

This word here “know” as used in Jn 17:3 is the same as a man and woman intimately knowing each other. They are sharing their lives with each other. They attach their life to the other in such a way that they know everything about each other. When we spend time with the Lord we touch His life, His absolute God life. We are exposed to His wisdom and understanding. We are surrounded by how He thinks. We are encompassed by an intimate presence of God Almighty. To know Him like Jesus stated is to be with Him in such a way that you slowly learn all aspects of Him, who He really and truly is, How He sees things, and why He thinks the way He does. 

More importantly in having this intimacy means God shares His life with us. We in turn are opening up and sharing our life with Him. He does not hold anything back nor should we hold anything back. It is like getting to meet and becoming friends with an inventor of some widget, and he tells you everything about the widget. He tells you how he created it, what lead to his creating it, and  why he thought it would be a great product. When the inventor is done with his explanation of everything you have a knowledge that those who have not met the inventor do not have. It is just a widget to them. With some Christians it is no different, God and Jesus are just a religion they chose. They have no intimate knowledge of the creator of that religion. This is not what God wants. He wants you to know Him intimately so you have not only a bond of relationship between the two of you, but you have the ability to share with anybody this knowledge. Just like you can share the inventor’s intent of the widget but more than that you know the inventor as well. 

As we spend time with God we get to know Him. This knowledge is like rubbing elbows with the inventor of life. He gives Himself to us. He wants us to search things out and learn from Him. He wants us to have an intimate knowledge of His wisdom and understanding on why He invented life. The best part of this is because you mean something to the author, the inventor of life He wants you to know all about Him. He gave you life so you could share it back with Him, so the two of you could walk as one.

He wants to spend time with you, it is His desire and we need to make it our desire as well. He intimately loves us and knows us more than we could ever imagine. The way He knows us is the same way He wants us to know Him, with the same zeal and depth.  What an amazing truth. When we enter into praising God we enter into a relationship but one that is a two way street. Him sharing His life with us and in turn us sharing our life with Him. As He shares His life with us we get to know Him, we get to know His wisdom on all things. Think of what you are gaining, “Lord I praise you for your wisdom, I thank you for allowing me to know you”. Now as we are continually doing this what do you think He is returning to us?  He starts to give us insight into His ways, wisdom, and life. He gives us insight into His knowledge. We become friends with the inventor of life. Remember to know Him is eternal life. 

 

Section 3 

The Practice

A Devotional Guide

How to Use

The following section is laid out in alphabetical order. Each letter has a word with its dictionary definition and sometimes a biblical definition. Some of the words that follow are descriptions of who God is, while others describe Who He is by what He does. Each word is set up to lead you first in definition, second in meditation, third in a Prayer/Praise which is written out and then fourth you do it on your own. The hope here is that you will learn and develop a valuable tool that you can use the rest of your life in your quality time spent with the Lord.

“A”

Amazing: to be overwhelmed or greatly surprised by who He is, suddenly impressed, even startled by His wonder; Hebrew meaning is to be taken aback.

Josh 3:5

Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow  the Lord will do amazing things among you." NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Amazing!

Praise/Prayer: “Lord I am so amazed at who You are, everything about You is so impressive  I am overwhelmed and even startled at times by it all, I praise You Lord because You are Amazing.”

Praise Him with your own words.

Awesome: feelings of wonder and surprise inspired by great admiration or respect, extremely good; excellent, that which expresses, a state of awe; an overwhelming feeling of reverence, produced by that which is grand or extremely powerful.

Ps 47:2

How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth! NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Awesome!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I am in such awe of who You truly are. You are awesome, full of awe, deserving of great admiration and respect. Your power and excellence move and inspire me because all of Your attributes are awesome. I praise You because You are awesome.”

Now Praise Him with your own words.

Able:  having the quality or nature to make something possible, having all the necessary power, skill, proficiency, resources or intelligence needed to get something done. 

2 Cor 9:8-9

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Able!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I know that You are able, able to do any and all things. There is nothing that You are not able to do, because You are the God who is able. I praise You because You are Able.”

Now Praise Him with your own words.

Abundant:  Having large plentiful quantities, being ample and richly supplied,  being able to supply any need with more than enough, having an abundance in any and all areas.

2 Peter 1:2

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge  of God and of Jesus our Lord. NIV

Meditate: Lord You Are Abundant!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You truly are the God of abundance. You can and will abundantly supply all my needs, for You are the God who is more than enough. I praise You Lord because You are Abundant.”

Now Praise Him with your own words.

“B”

Beautiful: possessing qualities that delight the senses and mind, giving great pleasure and satisfaction to see, hear, or think about. The highest of excellence in anything of its kind.

Ps 27:4

 One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Beautiful!

Praise/Prayer: “Lord I see Your beauty in all that You say and do. From everything You have created to the very nature of Your presence, You truly are an excellent delight to the senses. I praise You because You are beautiful.”

Now Praise Him with your own words.

Benevolent: Characterized by or expressing goodwill; charitableness to benefit another, to help others with the purpose and desire of doing good to promote their happiness. A true act of kindness.

Deut 10:17-18

 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. 18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Benevolent!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord, I thank You that You are so benevolent towards me. Your kindness and goodwill overwhelm me. You always seek to help me and do good toward me for my benefit to promote my happiness. Lord You truly are benevolent. I praise You because You are so benevolent.”

Now praise Him in your own words. 

Brilliant: Great brightness, qualities of excellence, splendor, or distinction which excites admiration or reveals magnificence and elegance.

Rev 1:16

 His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Brilliant!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I see Your brilliance in all that you are and do. You shine forth with such splendor, and excellence, You truly are magnificent in Your distinction. I praise You because You are brilliant.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Blessings: To bless is to honor or praise someone, a declaration of God’s favor and protection bringing happiness to the one blessed, the blessing endowed a person with the power and ability to prosper and succeed, the blessing was to serve as a guide and motivation to pursue the course or path of life, the blessing was spoken to produce. 

Eph 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are a Blessing!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord we bless You and thank You for Your numerous blessings. Your power for us to prosper and succeed brings such happiness to our lives. You truly are the Lord who blesses. I praise You Lord and I bless You Lord, for You are the Lord of all blessings.”

Now praise Him in your own words. 

“C”

 

Care:  To apply serious attention or consideration toward someone,  to provide what is needed for the health, welfare, general well-being and protection of a person, to attach importance to someone by looking after and providing for their needs.

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Caring!

Praise/Prayer: “Lord I know You are the God who cares. I thank You for setting Your attention and concern on me to provide for my every need.  I know You see my well-being as important, You truly are the Lord who cares. I praise You Lord that You are caring. You see us as important because You are a God who cares.”

Now praise Him in your own words.  

Complete:  Nothing lacking or missing, the total or whole of all is there, everything is in it’s entirety, undivided, uncompromised, or unmodified, perfect in kind or quality

Col 2:2-4

so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Complete!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I know with You there is nothing missing or lacking, You are totally 100% complete. Everything can be found perfect in it’s entirety and I can trust in Your completeness. I Praise you because You are Complete. You keep everything  completely whole in it’s entirety”. 

Now praise Him in your own words. 

Capable: The quality necessary to do or achieve a specified task, having the ability, strength, to achieve efficiently whatever one has ask of them;

Rom 4:21
being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. NIV

Meditate:  Lord You are Capable!

Prayer:  “Lord I know You are capable of everything and anything that is good and righteous. Thank You for the ability to see You as the God who is capable. I praise You Lord for You are Capable.”

Now praise Him in your own words. 

Compassion:  The sympathetic consciousness and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. To act kindly and tenderhearted toward the misfortune of another, to show mercy toward those in distress with a desire to alleviate their distress, a form of love that is aroused within a person and moves them to action when they are confronted with those who are suffering.

Ps 103:4
who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Compassionate!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I thank You for always being a compassionate God. You are quick to relieve the suffering and show love and tenderheartedness towards our distress. I praise You Lord for Your Compassion.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

“D”

Delightful:  The quality of giving a high degree or great pleasure and enjoyment, highly pleasing

Ps 37:4

 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Delightful!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You are so very delightful. I find so much enjoyment and pleasure when I am with You. I praise You for Your Delightfulness.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Deliverer:  The act of setting one free, to liberate a person, to be rescued from danger, to draw out or snatch away, to be removed from or given a way of escape in the midst of trouble or harm. 

Ps 91:15

He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are a Deliverer!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord you are the God who delivers me. Thank you for giving me an escape, for You truly are a deliverer. I praise You Lord for being a deliverer.”

Now praise Him in your own words. 

Direction:  To be given guidance or supervision of actions or conduct,  assistance in pointing out the proper route or course of thought or action 

Isa 48:17

 This is what the Lord says — your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are the God of direction!

Praise/Prayer:  “For You Lord are my direction. With You I find guidance as to which way I am to go, or what is proper to think. You always know the right direction. I praise You Lord for Your direction in my life.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Defender:  One who wards off an attack or guards a person against assault or injury, someone who protects a place, one who believes in and supports another person, idea, plan

Isa 51:22
This is what your Sovereign Lord says, your God, who defends his people: NIV

Meditate: Lord You are our Defender!

Praise/Prayer:  “You are the Lord who defends us, You are always there to protect us for You always believe in us and guard us from the enemy. I praise You Lord for being my Defender.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

“E”

Extraordinary: To go beyond what is usual, regular, or customary, being remarkable past what is the usual, ordinary, regular amount, extent, degree, to have some extremely good or special quality.

Acts 19:11

 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Extraordinary!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord you are so extraordinary. I see how You always go beyond the normal showing us Your remarkable qualities and power. I praise You for You are extraordinary.”

Now praise Him in your own words. 

Excellent:  To possess outstanding quality or to have exceptional surpassing virtue or superior merit,  to be extremely or remarkably good in what is done or seen

2 Peter 1:3

 For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue). AMP

Meditate:  Lord You are Excellent!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I see how You excel in every area known to mankind. You are truly excellent in all Your ways. I praise You for Your excellencies. For You are excellent.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Enormous: To greatly exceed the common size or extent,

 To be huge or extremely large marked by extraordinarily greatness of  size, number, or degree, exceeding usual of accepted notions making it extremely great or immense 

Rom 11:33-36

 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 34 "Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?" 35 "Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?" 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Enormous!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You are enormous in all that You done, will do and are going to do. There is no way a normal person could measure the size or greatness of all that You are and all that You do. I praise You for You are enormous. You exceed the norm for all that you are and do.”

Now praise Him in your own words. 

Exciting: The feeling of great enthusiasm and eagerness, aroused enthusiasm displayed, or characterized by a heightened state of energy, joy, exhilaration, or upheaval.

Luke 10:21

 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. NIV

Meditate:  Lord You are Exciting!

Praise/Prayer:  “ Lord You are so exciting.When I am with You everything Becomes so energized in me. Your excitement is so exhilarating, nothing is dull or boring around You. I praise You Lord for are exciting.”

Now praise Him in your own words. 

 

“F”

Faithful: The quality of being true to one's word or promises, steady in affection or loyalty, It denotes the firmness or constancy of God in His relations with men, especially with His people. It is, unchangeableness. God is always true and constant in keeping His promises, and therefore is worthy of trust.

Ps 33:4

For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Faithful

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I thank You for Your faithfulness toward me. I know You are always true to your word and can always be trusted. I praise You for Your unwavering, steady faithfulness. You are a Faithful God.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Forever:  for all future time; for always continually. lasting or permanent for a limitless time For everlasting time; eternally or ever without end of infinite duration, timeless,

Ps 33:11

 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Forever!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You are without end. Your Words and ways are forever because You are forever in all You do and say. I praise You for always continually being there, You truly are forever.”

Now praise Him in your own words. 

Father:  A man who provides paternal care and protection, to assume as one's own, top take the responsibility of a person in a  position and authority of the father as the head of the family or as a man in relation to his child or children, a person who has originated or established something, to be the creator, founder, or author.

1 John 3:1

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called  children of God! 

2 Cor 6:18

 "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." NIV

Meditate: Lord You are a Father

Praise/Prayer: “Father thank You for being a father to me. I know You are the perfect father and You are always there to provide and protect as a father should. You are my heavenly Father and I praise You Father, You are a great and wonderful Father.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Forgive:     To cancel a debt, to pardon, excuse, exonerate, absolve someone for an offense, flaw, or mistake, to cease to feel resentment against an offender, to grant or cancel an indebtedness or liability

Ps 103:2-3,12

Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits —  

3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,:12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Forgiving!

Praise/Prayer:  “You oh Lord are so forgiving. You are the only one who knows how to completely forgive and release one’s debt. I praise You for You are the God of all forgiveness.”

Now praise Him in your own words. 

“G”

Good:  The characteristic of being morally right; righteousness, morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious, right behavior or treatment toward a person that brings pleasure, satisfaction, righteous quality or esteem.

Ps 145:9

 The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Good!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You are so good, I know that You are always good and You are never bad, I thank You for being so good in Your treatment to me. I praise You for Your goodness is so great.”

Now praise Him in your own words. 

Great:  A characteristic of ability, quality considerably above the normal or average, distinguished by the measure of size, numbers, or remarkably impressive in magnitude, degree, or effectiveness.

Ps 96:4

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Great!

Praise/Prayer: You are so great Lord. Everything about You and Your Kingdom is great. Nothing can compare to Your impressive effectiveness. I praise You for Your exceeding greatness. 

Now praise Him in your own words. 

Gracious:   The quality of being courteous, pleasantly kind,  to be generous of spirit, characterized by benevolence or mercy, extending kindness and compassion.

Ps 86:15

 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Gracious!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I praise You for Your graciousness, You extend such kindness, God. I thank you that you show such grace and favor toward me. You are truly a gracious God.”

Now praise Him in your own words. 

Giving:    To freely transfer the possession of one person to another person. To furnish, present, provide or supply the possession of one person to another as a trust, responsibility or gift.

John 3:16

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Giving!

Praise/Prayer:  “You are so giving. You continually bless me and give to me everything that I need. I praise You for You freely provide, You never hold back but give us all things.”

Now praise Him in your own words!

“H”

Holy:    The characteristic of one perfect in goodness and righteousness, having a divine quality, having a spiritually perfect or pure quality, that which is separated from the normal and pertains to that which is recognized as divine or set apart separated for divine use.

Ps 22:3

 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel. NIV

Ps 77:13

Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Holy!

Praise/Prayer:  “ I praise You Lord for Your holiness. You and only You are holy. You are perfect and pure, set apart from all that is normal. For You alone are holy.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Honest:    to be free of deceit or fraud, honorable in principles, intentions, and actions, upright and fair, truthful or credible.

Titus 1:2-3

 a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, NIV

Heb 6:18

 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Honest!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I praise You for Your honesty. You are honest in all Your ways and in everything You do. There can be no deceit or fraud of any kind found in You for You are honest.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Help:  contribute strength or means, to render assistance to by offering aid, resources, or support, making it easier for another, to be of service or use in anything they may need.

Heb 13:6

o we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" NIV

Meditate: Lord You are our Help!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I praise You for Your help. I thank you that You are always willing to come to my aid. You continue to offer Yourself to help me in any and all ways. I praise You my lord and my helper.”

Now praise Him in your own words!

Hope:  To have a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen,  to cherish a desire with anticipation, to want something to happen, expectation of obtainment or fulfillment to expect with confidence, looking for expectantly, placing confidence in eager expectation.

Rom 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are my Hope!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You are my hope. I cherish You God with anticipation. I place my confidence in You and I eagerly wait and watch for You to bring all things about. I praise You for You are my hope.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

“I”

Illumination:    To be spiritually or intellectually enlightened,  to make lucid or clear,  to throw light on or be made aware of, to gain new understanding or applying new knowledge to something.

2 Cor 4:6

For God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God [as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed] in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah). AMP

Meditate: Lord You illuminate!

Praise/Prayer:   “Lord I praise You for your continual illumination. You help me see things with new understanding, I’m gaining a new perspective on Your ways and Your will. You are the God of illumination.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Immense:     That which transcends ordinary means of measurement,  extremely large or great, marked by greatness especially in size or degree, that which is vast, huge, or very great.

Ps 147:5

 Great is our Lord and of great power; His understanding is inexhaustible and boundless. AMP

Meditate: Lord You are Immense!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You are so immense. Everything about You is marked by Your great immensity. There is no way of measuring Your vastness, You transcend the normal means by any size or degree. I praise You Lord for You are immense.”

Now praise Him in your own words.  

Imagination:   The act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived, the faculty of forming new ideas, or images or concepts the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful. 

Eph 3:20

 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, NIV

Meditate: Lord You are imaginative! 

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I thank you for giving me the ability of mind to be creative and resourceful because that is who You are. I praise You for Your imagination. You are the God who can imagine so much more than ourselves. You are truly imaginative.” 

Now praise Him in your own words. 

Inspiration:   The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative,  the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration, to infuse action on a person that motivates and spurs them on.

2 Tim 3:16-17

 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God's will in thought, purpose, and action), 17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. AMP

Meditate: Lord You are Inspiring! 

Praise/Prayer: “Lord I praise You for Your inspiration, 

You are the God who influences my intellect.You stimulate and motivate me to go on, You truly inspire me.” 

Now praise Him in your own words.

“J”

Joy:   An emotion that’s acquired by the anticipation, acquisition or even the expectation of something great or wonderful, source or cause of delight, the feeling of great pleasure and happiness, the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or by the prospect of possessing what one desires, feeling an exhilaration, delight, or sheer gladness.

Ps 16:11

 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. AMP

Meditate: Lord You are Joy!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I thank you for Your joy in my life. I praise You for my sense of well-being. For all joy comes from You for You are joy.”
Now praise Him in your own words.

Judge:  One appointed to decide, one who gives an authoritative opinion on a subject or matter, a person qualified to pass a critical assessment or judgement on something or someone.

Ps 50:6

6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for God himself is judge.NIV

Rev 16:7

And I heard the altar respond: "Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments." NIV

Meditate: Lord You are the Judge!

Praise/Prayer: “I will praise You Lord for Your judgements are right. You oh God are the judge of the whole universe and Your judgements are always correct. I praise You my judge.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Jealous:   To have a strong love or passionate commitment to something which rightly belongs to one, fiercely protective or vigilant in maintaining or guarding one's rights or possessions, intolerant of rivalry,  A strong sense of possessiveness, often caused by the possibility that something which belongs, or ought to belong, to one is about to be taken away. 

Deut 4:24

24 For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Jealous!

Praise/Prayer:  “I praise You lord for You are a jealous God. You watch over and guard me as Your own possession. You are fiercely protective in Your love for me and my love for You, You truly are a jealous God.”

Now praise Him in your own words.  

Just:  Conforming to a standard of correctness,  acting on what is morally upright or good, guided by truth, reason, justice, and fairness: that which is
done or made according to principle, standards or requirements based on what is right, or lawful, in keeping with truth or fact, being true or correct:

Ps 111:7

7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Just!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I thank you for Your Justice. Your Word, principles and precepts are always true and fair. I praise You for Your guidance by truth for You are a just God.

Now praise Him in your own words. 

“K”

Knowledge:   The depth of one's information or understanding of a subject, the total sum of what is known by, the facts, skills, information, and understanding.

  Rom 11:33-34

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)! And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord and who has understood His thoughts, or who has [ever] been His counselor? AMP

Meditate: Lord You are all Knowing!

Praise/Prayer:  “ Lord I praise You for Your knowledge. You are truly the all knowing God. Your knowledge is so immense on any subject and in any area. Great is Your knowledge.”

Now praise Him in Your own words.

Kind: Having and  showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature, a good or benevolent, even loving and affectionate disposition.

Titus 3:4-5

4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Kind!

Praise/Prayer:  “You are such a kind God. I praise You for Your never ending Kindness. You are the Lord who is generous and considerate in nature.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

King:   A ruler, sovereign or monarch, one who holds by right, the chief authority over a country and people, one who rules a kingdom.

Rev 19:16

 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. NIV

Ps 95:3

3 For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are King!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I declare You are King. King of the earth and the whole universe. You are my king, and You rule and reign over all people. I praise You my Lord and King.” 

Now praise Him in your own words.   

Keeper:     To have or retain possession of, continue or cause to continue in a specified condition, position, state, course, or action, to hold in a given place as to store: to maintain in accordance with specific requirements, such as a promise, to manage, tend, or have charge,  to be faithful to  watch over and defend, to take care of.

Ps 121:7

7 The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life. AMP

Meditate: Lord You are my Keeper:

Praise/Prayer:   “Lord I thank you that You keep all things. You are the greatest of all keepers. I praise You for keeping all Your promises to me. I praise You for watching over and keeping charge over my life. You are the God who keeps all things. 

Now praise Him in your own words.

“L”

 

Love:   An intense feeling of deep, strong affection toward another, yet a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person, a feeling of warm personal attachment, a devotion of unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the another.

1 John 4:16-17

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Love!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord Your love is overwhelming, it is not just something You do but is also who You are all the time. I praise You for Your unfailing Love. You are the God of love.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Life:  the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body, a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings, the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual during their the process of being alive, considered the process of living, spiritual existence transcending physical death.

John 6:47-48

 I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life NIV

John 14:6

6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Life!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I thank you for life. I praise You for You are the author and creator of all life. I thank You Jesus for the life You gave to me by the sacrifice of Your own life. You are the God of life.”

Now praise Him in your own words.  

Lord:    One who has power, authority, or influence,  a master or ruler, one who is a superior and has domination over others and or territories.

Ps 135:5

 I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. NIV

Rom 10:9-10

 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. NIV

Meditate: Jesus You are Lord!

Praise/Prayer:  “Jesus is Lord. You are lord of all. You are the master and ruler of all. I praise You for Your superior power and authority in Your great and mighty name Jesus. For You Jesus are Lord.’

Now praise Him in your own words. 

Liberty:   The state of being free, power to do as one pleases without restrictions, restraints, control, interference, obligation, or hampering conditions, imposed by another, the quality or state of being free, having power of choice with no consequences, power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, according to choice.

2 Cor 3:17

 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom). AMP

Meditate: Lord You are freedom!

Praise/Prayer:  “I thank You Lord for setting me totally and completely free. You are the God of liberty. I praise You for Your freedom You are the only one who truly liberates.”

Now praise Him in your own words. 

“M”

 

Magnificent:  Making a splendid appearance or show, of exceptional beauty, extraordinarily fine, superb, extravagant, Impressive in beauty, marked by stately grandeur and lavishness.

Isa 28:29

 All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Magnificent!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord everything about You is magnificent. I praise You for Your exceptional beauty, thank you for Your superb extravagance in everything You create for You are magnificent.”

Now praise Him in Your own words.

Maker:  a person that makes, creates or produces something.Identity of God; the Creator.

Ps 95:6

 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; NIV

Ps 115:15

May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. NIV

Isa 54:5

 For your Maker is your husband — the Lord Almighty is his name — the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;he is called the God of all the earth. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are moral!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You are the great maker of all. You are my maker and I praise you as the maker of all the earth and the stars in the heavens. You are our creator. I thank you for wonderfully making me. 

Now praise Him in your own words.

Merciful:  to give someone relief from something unpleasant, compassionate treatment or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm, forbearance or leniency shown especially to an offender, a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion.

Deut 4:31

 For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you NIV

Luke 6:36

 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are merciful!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You are so full of mercy. I thank you for granting mercy to me. I praise You for Your divine favor and compassion toward me. You are truly the God of mercy.

Now praise Him in your own words. 

Miracles:   An effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause, an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs, because it is not explicable by natural or scientific laws it is therefore attributed to the work of God.

Job 5:9

 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. NIV

John 14:11-12

Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are the God of miracles!

Praise/Prayer: “Lord I praise You for You are the miracle working God. You intervene with extraordinary events into our human affairs with Your miracles. You truly are a miraculous God.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

“N”

Nourish:     To provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition of another, to strengthen by feeding what is necessary to sustain an individual.

Ps 145:15-16

eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. 16 You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. NIV

Acts 14:17

He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are the Nourisher!

Praise/Prayer:  “I thank you Lord for You are always nourishing me. You are the God of all things necessary for our life, health, and growth. You make sure we are nourished. I praise You for Your nourishment. I praise You for You are the God who nourishes.” 

Now praise Him in your own words. 

Near:   To be close to a point or place,  not far away and not distant, close with respect to connection in relation or intimacy, close at hand.

Ps 145:18

 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. NIV

Ps 119:151

Yet you are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Near!

Praise/Prayer:  “I thank You lord for being near. You are never far away but You are always near. I praise You for You are never distant with Me, You are the God who is near. 

Now praise Him in your own words.

Noble:  One who possesses outstanding qualities, characterized by or arising from superiority of mind or character or of ideals or moral excellence,  grand or impressive especially in appearance.

Isa 6:1-4

I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory." 4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Noble!

Praise/Prayer: “You are a noble God. I praise You for Your quality and excellence that makes You who You are, For You are noble. 

Now praise Him in your own words.

Nurture:  To Care for and protect someone while they are growing, the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone, to support, help, train, educate in the upbringing of another.

Isa 40:11

 He tends his flock like a shepherd:He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart;he gently leads those that have young. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are the God who Nurtures!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I thank You for always being there to nurture me. I know You care and encourage me in my growth. I praise You for being so nurturing.” 

Now praise Him in your own words.

“O”

Order:   The disposition or arrangement of things following one after another, as in space or time; succession or sequence, an authoritative command, direction, or instruction, a condition in which things are in their given or proper positions for their given purposes. 

1 Cor 14:33

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. NIV

1 Cor 14:40

 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way. NIV

Gen 1:31

 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are the God of Order!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I praise You for Your order. You are the God of all order. You have everything in its rightful and perfect place. You keep all things in their proper order.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Overflow:   The excess or surplus not able to be accommodated by the  available space, to have the contents flowing over or spilling, to flow or run over as to be filled or supplied with in great measure more than can be accommodated by the given container.

John 15:11

 I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure

and complete and overflowing. AMP

Meditate: Lord You are the God of the overflow!

Praise/Prayer:  “I thank You lord for always supplying an overflowing amount. You more than accommodate all things. I praise You for Your overflow. 

Now praise Him in your own words.

Owner:    One who owns something,  has the legal or rightful title to something as belonging to them, to have or possess something as to have control over.

Ps 24:1

he earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Owner of all!

Praise/Prayer:  “I praise You Lord for You are owner of all things, owner of heaven and earth. You are the possessor and the one who controls everything. 

Now praise Him in your own words.

Outstanding:    That which is marked by superiority or distinction, exceptionally good, being remarkable by eminence, prominence  and distinction, being very impressive.

Heb 1:3-4

 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Outstanding!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You are remarkable. You stand out in all areas. You are so very impressive. I praise You for You are outstanding.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

“P”

Present:   Existing or occurring now, being at a location occurring at this time or now, currently at hand now at this time this period of time, not the past or the future but current now.

Ps 139:2-10

You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 5 You hem me in — behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me,your right hand will hold me fast. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Present!

Praise/Prayer:  “I thank You Lord for being here present now. There is not a time You are not present. You are forever currently here. I praise You for You are the God who is present.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Pure:     That which is not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material, free of any contamination from dust, dirt or anything that could weaken or pollute, containing nothing that does not properly belong, free from moral fault or guilt.

Hab 1:13

Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. NIV

Ps 119:140

Your word is very pure (tried and well refined); therefore Your servant loves it. AMP

Meditate: Lord You are Pure!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I praise You for Your purity. There is no defilement of any kind found in You. Nothing can pollute or contaminate You for You are the God who is pure.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Powerful:  One having great strength, being able to exert great force, can produce great physical effects, potent, having great effectiveness in authority, or influence, mighty.

Ex 15:6

Your right hand, O Lord, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O Lord, shattered the enemy. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Powerful!

Praise/Prayer:  “I thank You Lord for Your power in my life. You have such great effectiveness and are a powerful force. You have all strength and authority. I praise You for You are powerful.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Provides:   To supply something for sustenance or support, to furnish or equip, to make something available, to meet a need.

Phil 4:19

 And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. AMP

Meditate: Lord You are a Provider!

Praise/Prayer: “Lord You are the great provider. You are always there providing for my every need. You sustain me and equip me. I praise You for You are the God who provides.”

Now praise Him in your own words. 

“Q”

Quick:    moving fast or doing something in a short time, prompt to understand, acting or capable of acting with speed, aroused immediately and intensely quick, fast in development or occurrence  capable of being easily and speedily prepared.

Isa 5:26

e lifts up a banner for the distant nations, he whistles for those at the ends of the earth. Here they come, swiftly and speedily! NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Quick!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord you are quick to my defense. I thank You that you respond to me and my needs so quickly. Thank You that You promptly understand me.  Lord I praise You for Your quickness.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Quiet:  making very little sound or no noise at all, calm or silent,  carried out discreetly, secretly, or with moderation, restrained in speech, manner, saying very little, free from disturbance or activity, especially busy or vigorous activity.

Zeph 3:17

 The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.  AMP

Meditate: Lord You are Quiet!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You are quiet, you only say what needs to be said and make little or no noise at all, You can be quiet yet make as much noise as is necessary. Lord I praise You for Your quietness.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

“R”

Righteous:  One acting in accord with divine or moral law, free from guilt or sin, characterized by uprightness or morally right, virtuous.

Ps 119:137

Righteous are you, O Lord, and your laws are right. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Righteous!

Praise/ Prayer:  “Lord You are 100% righteous. There is nothing that can be found wrong in You or in what You do. You are righteous altogether. I praise You Lord for Your righteousness.”

Now praise Him in your own words. 

Radiant:  Emitting or sending out light, shining or glowing brightly, bright with joy, hope, as in a radiant future, vividly bright.

Ps 19:8

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Radiant!

Praise/Prayer: “You are a  radiant God. You emit light in everything you say, do, and touch. I praise You for Your radiance.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Refuge:   A place that provides shelter or protection, the condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, distress, or trouble,  providing a place or way which one can secure relief, or escape.

Ps 46:1

d is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. NIV

Ps 9:9

 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are a Refuge!

Praise/Prayer:  “I thank You Lord for being a refuge for me. You are who we need to run to in times of trouble. For You are a refuge and I praise You for being a refuge in the storms of life.”

Now praise Him in Your own words.

Reign:  The rule of a King,  the period during which a sovereign rules or occupies the throne, exercising sovereign ruling power, authority and influence.

Ps 146:10

 The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord. NIV

Ex 15:18

 The Lord will reign for ever and ever." NIV

Meditate: Lord You Reign!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You are sovereign ruler of all.  Your reign is everlasting without end. Your throne will endure for forever. I praise You my King for You alone reign the universe.”

Now praise Him in your own words.  

“S”

Supernatural:  Anything that pertains to or is caused by something that can't be explained by the laws of nature,  a manifestation or event attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature, usually pertaining to, characteristic of, or attributed to God.

Luke 8:24-25

 The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him." NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Supernatural!

Praise/Prayer:  “You are the God of the supernatural. For man, a way may seem impossible, but to You it is always possible. You and only You can truly move beyond the natural. I praise You Lord for Your realm is supernatural.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Standard:  something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model or example, a level of quality, also conspicuous object (such as a banner) formerly carried at the top of a pole and used to mark a rallying point especially in battle or to serve as an emblem.

Ps 18:25-26

To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, 26 to the pure you show yourself pure, NIV

Deut 32:4

e is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just.A faithful God who does no wrong,upright and just is he. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are the Standard!

Praise/Prayer:  “You Lord are the highest of standards You are the only standard by which we can live our lives. I praise and thank you for being our standard.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Shepherd:   Represents the relation of God to his people,  a person who protects, guides, guards, watches over carefully as a shepherd would.

Heb 13:20-21

 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, NIV

Ps 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. NIV

John 10:11-12

 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are a Shepherd!

Praise/Prayer:   “Lord You are our shepherd. You watch over so carefully, tending to us and seeing to our every need. You are truly the Good Shepherd. I praise for Your shepherd heart.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Superior:    Higher in station, rank, degree, importance, status, or quality     of higher-level, higher-up, further above, higher in position, far above the average in excellence, merit, intelligence.

Phil 2:9-11

 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. NIV

Isa 9:6-7

And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government 

and peace there will be no end. NIV

 

Meditate: Lord You are Superior!

Praise/Prayer:  “You Lord are superior in all your ways. There is nothing about You that is average or normal. You are far above everyone and everything. I praise You for Your supremacy.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

“T”

Truth:  A verified or indisputable fact, proposition, or principle, the quality or state of being true in accordance with fact or reality, the state or character of being true.

John 14:6-7

 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." NIV

John 1:17

 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. NIV

John 8:32

32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."  NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Truth!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You are not only truth but You are true to Your Words and character. Everything about You is true and You are the only one who has absolute truth. I praise You for Your truth.”

Now praise Him in your own words.
Tremendous:  Extraordinary in excellence,  extremely good or impressive  in size, amount, intensity or greatness.

Ps 145:6

 Men shall speak of the might of Your tremendous and terrible acts, and I will declare Your greatness.AMP

Meditate: Lord You are Tremendous!

Praise/Prayer:  “I praise You lord for You are extremely impressive and great. Everything about You is tremendous. I praise You for You are awesome and tremendous in everything You say and do.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Teacher:  One who instructs, to cause a person to know something or to know how, to impart knowledge of by a precept, example, or experience, to make something known that was not known beforehand.

Ps 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. NIV

Isa 48:17

This is what the Lord says — your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:"I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are a Teacher!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I thank You for teaching me Your wisdom and ways. You are the greatest of all teachers. I praise You for Your examples and impartations which are necessary for life.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Transform:   To undergo or make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, condition, nature, or character, to change in composition or structure, to change the outward form or appearance.

2 Cor 5:17-18

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone,  the new has come! NIV

Eph 2:10

10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are the one who Transforms!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I thank You for transforming me. You are the only one who can change us and make us into someone new. I praise You for Your amazing power to transform us.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

“U”

Unity:   The state or fact of being united or combined into one, a whole or totality as combining all its parts into one, the state of being united or joined as a whole, a condition of harmony, continuity without deviation or change oneness of mind, or purpose, in complete agreement with another.

John 17:22-23

... that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Unity!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I praise You for Your unity. You are the only one that can bring everything into complete harmony. I thank You for bringing me into unity with You. For You are the great unifier.”

Now praise Him in your words.

Unique:   Existing as the only one of its kind or as the sole example, having no like or equal, unparalleled, incomparable, special, or unusual.

1 Sam 2:2

"There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. NIV

Isa 44:6-7

This is what the Lord says — Israel's King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.

7 Who then is like me? NIV

Ps 86:8

ong the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Unique!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You are definitely one of a kind. There is none that can compare to You, You have no equal. I praise You for Your uniqueness.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Understanding:  Knowledge of, a mental grasp, the power of comprehending, to grasp the meaning of,  to be aware or show a sympathetic or a tolerant attitude toward other people's feelings, to be forgiving.

1 Chron 28:9

 and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; NIV

Ps 147:5

Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Understanding!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I thank You for being so understanding and teaching me Your understanding. You completely comprehend everything and everyone. I praise You for Your understanding.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Uplift:  To lift up, raise, elevate or stimulate someone morally or spiritually, an act of raising someone's spirits, to influence or improve someone’s emotional or spiritual condition, lift someone up from a downtrodden or deprived state.

Ps 145:14

The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. NIV

Ps 3:3

 But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Uplifting!

Praise/Prayer: “Lord You uplift me. I thank You for raising me up from the place I was before. You are the only one who can improve the spiritual state of me. I praise You for being the God who uplifts.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

“V”

Victorious:    Characteristic of or expressing a sense of triumph and having conquered, evincing moral harmony or a sense of fulfillment in being the winner in a contest, struggle in having defeated an adversary.

Deut 20:3-4

Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. 4 For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." NIV

1 Cor 15:57

7 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Victorious!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You the victorious one. You are the only one that can give me victory against the enemy, for You have completely defeated the evil one. I praise You for Your Victory and I  praise You for You are victorious.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Vast:   A boundless expanse or space, a very great area, extent or quantity, immense or enormous size, proportions or amount, great in degree, intensity.

Ps 36:5-6

5 Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. 6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,your justice like the great deep.O Lord, you preserve both man and beast. NIV

Isa 55:8-9

8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,"  declares the Lord. 9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. NIV

Meditate:  Lord You are Vast!

Praise/Prayer:   “Lord the extent of Your reach is boundless. You are so enormous in Your never ending expanse. I praise You for Your amazing vastness.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Vanguard:    The part of an army which goes ahead of the main body, a position at the forefront, advance guard, the forefront of an action or movement, the leading position or persons in a movement or field of endeavor.

Deut 31:8

 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." NIV

Isa 45:2

 I will go before you and level the mountains [to make the crooked places straight]; I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the bars of iron. AMP

Meditate:  Lord You are the Vanguard!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I thank You for being the one who goes before us. You are always at the front leading us in our battles. I praise You Lord for being our conquering vanguard.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Virtue:   Behavior showing high moral standards,  a moral excellence, goodness, or righteousness, conformity to an upright standard in conduct and ethical principles with one's life at all times.

Heb 10:19

 Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the power and virtue] in the blood of Jesus, AMP

Meditate: Lord You are Virtuous!

Praise/Prayer:  Lord we praise You for You are virtuous. You are upright and good in all of Your conduct. You are the standard for virtue and I praise You for Virtuous behavior.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

“W”

Wonderful:   That which inspires delight, pleasure, or admiration, extremely good, full of awe or even surprise, something that excites a feeling because it's extraordinarily great, marvellous, or even strange.

Ps 40:5

 Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. NIV

Isa 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. NIV

1 Chron 16:9

Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Wonderful!

Praise/Prayer:   “Lord You are so full of wonder. You inspire such a sense of delight and pleasure. You are the God of wonders. I praise You for You are wonderful.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Wisdom:   The quality of having experience, knowledge, with discernment and insight, the soundness of an action or decision and its ability to make good judgments based on what you have learned from your experience, or the knowledge and understanding that gives you this ability.

Col 2:2-3

so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Wise!

Praise/Prayer:  “You Lord are the God of all wisdom. You are so wise in your knowledge and insight. I thank you that everything You do comes only from this vast wisdom.  I praise You for Your wisdom.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

Watchman:     A person that a person who keeps watch or guards over

Ps 121:3-8

He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord watches over you — 

the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. NIV

Meditate: Lord You are a Watchman!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You are my watchman.You see everything and you guard all that you have entrusted to me. I thank you for being my watchman. I praise you Lord for you are the greatest watchman.”

Worthy:   An important, honorable person who is admirable and has commendable excellence, having or showing the qualities or abilities that merit recognition in a specified way,  having great character, or value.

Rev 4:10-11

They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 11 "You are worthy, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." NIV

Meditate:  Lord You are Worthy!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord you and only You are worthy. You are worthy of all our praise and honor. We give You thanks for You are so valuable and important to me. I praise You for Your worthiness.” 

Now praise Him in your own words.

“X”

Xtra-special:  (I know it is not spelled this way but you will remember it being here this way)  Exceptional, far more superior or better than just special, over the top.

Ps 108:4-5

 For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,

and let your glory be over all the earth. NIV

Eph 1:19-22

That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything NIV

Meditate: Lord You are Xtra-special!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord You are not just special but You are extra special. You are more special in my eyes than anything else because You are far more superior and exceptional. I praise you for You are over the top.”

Praise Him in your own words

“Y”

You:   used to refer to the one you are addressing.

John 10:36    'I am God's Son' NIV       

 John 9:5    while I am in the world, I am the light of the world."NIV

John 10:7       I am the gate for the sheep NIV

 John 11:25   "I am the resurrection and the life.NIV

John 14:6  "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. NIV

Rev 1:8   "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." NIV

Rev 1:17-18 I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! NIV

Meditate: Lord You are You!

Praise/Prayer:  “Lord I praise You for being You. I thank You for being You. Everything about You and everything You are to me I praise You for being all things because that is who You are.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

“Z”

Zeal:    A feeling of strong eagerness toward a person or cause, excessive fervor to do something or accomplish something, great energy, ardent fervor, or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective, having a passion for something or someone, a mix of eagerness and energy and devotion.

Isa 42:13

 The Lord will go forth like a mighty man, He will rouse up His zealous indignation and vengeance like a warrior; He will cry, yes, He will shout aloud, He will do mightily against His enemies. AMP

Meditate: Lord You are Zealous!

Praise/Prayer:   “Lord You are a zealous God. You are always passionate and have great energy in everything You do. I thank You for Your zeal toward us and I praise You for Your zeal.”

Now praise Him in your own words.

I praise You Lord God for You are the God who, 

Rescues

Saved me, delivered me

Redeems

Paid my debt, ransomed me, set me free

Restores

Returned me to my proper place and position

Revives

Gave me the power of life over death, eternal life

Renews

Makes everything new again

Praise Him in your own words