Thoughts from Psalms 95 & 96 in the Passion translation
The Psalms do not disappoint when it comes to the amazing descriptions of God. The way God is described here is in such a powerful way that it can transform the way you praise Him. The focus is truly centered on God as “Creator-God, Majestic Maker”, who holds the mysteries of the earth and the highest mountain peaks and He wears the splendor of holiness.
Do you ever find it hard to praise God? Or have you found yourself in a routine where you may not be entering His presence with a thankful heart and praise? God doesn’t want us to live as He describes in Psalm 95:7-9, as people who complained and doubted. If we are in a state where we are complaining and doubting more than we praising, we are not God-centered, we are “me-centered”. Hebrews 12:2 tells us to fix our gaze on Jesus. Colossians 3:1 tells us to set our hearts on things above, where Christ is.
The enemy gains more when we are “me-centered”. You see, by keeping us there we are less likely to praise, we are less likely to listen and change, we are less likely to give God glory and we are less likely to make God’s Name famous. You see the devil has already been to heaven, He knows how amazing it is. He also knows he can’t go back, so he wants to keep as many people out of Heaven as he can. It’s true, the devil is a punk…
So, I encourage you to live God-centered today and every day. Focus on how marvelous and mighty our King is. Tell everyone every day how wonderful He is, and don’t limit it with your words but propel it into the way you are living. Most importantly, today make time to sit and listen to what God has to say to you. He gave us ears to hear because He has something to say.