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Thanks Giving?

Psalm 150

Praise ye the Lord.

Praise God in His sanctuary: praise Him in he firmament of His power.

Praise Him for His mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness.

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise Him with the psaltery and harp.

Praise Him with the timbral and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.

Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals.

Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD, Praise ye the Lord

I am reminded of the 150th Psalm wherein David reminds himself to offer praises to the Ubiquitous One by every expression available in the human realm. Praise can be tied to thankfulness, as you may or may not be aware within the Hebrew language words are associated with actions or emotions aka Qal=to shine of God's favor or Praise God and be thankful for His favor. Hiphil=boastful praise and thanks. Pual=commended or praiseworthiness. Poel=to make a fool of or acting foolishly in thanks to God. Hithpoel=to act madly like a madman. Thirteen times David found means of expression and praise and thankfulness to his Creator for all that He is and does. Our cultures doesn't validate the Greatness of The Almighty by expression, we're taught to be reserved when expressing ourselves in religious situations and ceremony. But David had no such tenor, he in every way possible offered thankful praises to The Eternal. I wonder how he'd react to our holidays, my prayerful imagination can only speculate based on what this psalm says.

Whenever adversity arises in our lives, we often do not offer praise for it. Paul teaches and exemplifies his position. 1 Thessalonians 5:18. In EVERYTHING give THANKS (and PRAISE): for THIS is the will of God in Christ Jesus Concerning you!

In Acts 16 He demonstrates what he encourages above, When unjustly accused, beaten, thrown into prison. He complained to God bitterly, right? Nope, He and Silas started doing something uncommon to our human condition, something that brings liberation and freedom, not just physically which was demonstrated, but supernaturally and spiritually. I do not imagine, that since ALL of those around them heard, that it was a soft, solemn activity!

While I was working and living in Lakeland Florida, I had the privilege of meeting Mike Adkins who wrote this beautiful song below.

Praise, we praise, praise, praise Praise to the One who sent us His Son Praise, praise, praise, praise In one accord, we praise you, O Lord.

There is no other name above you Blessed be your name God of Jacob, Shepherd of Israel Holy unto your name, Holy unto your name.

Praise, praise, praise, we praise Praise to the One who sent us His Son Praise, praise, praise, praise In one accord, we praise you, O Lord.

Glory and Honor and Power Unto the Lord our God God of Abraham, faithful and true Holy, holy are you, Holy, holy are you.

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