Monday 31st Aug 2020
Why Should We Praise God?
Pastor Soong Kok Kee

Psalm 95: 3-7 “3 For the Lord is a great God, the great King above all gods. 4 He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains.5 The seas belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too. 6 Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, 7 for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today! (NLT)

Yes, the whole world, not just Christians should praise God. Verses 1-2 tell us “How” we should praise him and the above verses tell us “Why” we should praise him.

The reason for praise and thanksgiving is because we are related to God in creation. He is our Maker and Creator. He created not only the whole world and everything that is in it, but the whole of universe, for without him nothing will exist today. And this is true not only for us believers but for all men, for we are all creatures of his hands.
That is the reason Paul points out one of the charges God will bring against men is that “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him” (Rom 1:21). They did not care to recognise their relationship to him.

Thus Psalm 96:8 says “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name.” God is worthy of our praise and thanksgiving for the simple fact that he made us and we cannot live a moment without him. The glory due him should bring us together for worship. A little poem highlights the irony of men’s neglect of thanksgiving toward God. It is titled “The Humanist,” a modern term for what we used to call an atheist.

“He exists, because he was created.
He is here, because he was placed here.
He is well and comfortable because divine power keeps him so.
He dines at God’s table
He is sheltered by the roof God gave him.
He is clothed by God’s bounty.
He lives by breathing God’s air
Which keeps him strong and vocal
To go about persuading people that
Whether He is or not,
Only man matters.” (Source unknown) Ray C. Stedman

How ironic, isn’t it? When a man uses God’s resources to try to persuade men that God does not exists! Oh, the foolishness of man, when can we ever learn? For without God, we are not even here!

The psalmist reminds us that the Creator God is the great God and King above all the other gods that men make to worship. God owns the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains, the seas and the dry land were all made by him and belongs to him. It is thus proper and right for us to bow before him and worship him for he alone is the Maker of it all.

Verse 7 tells us that he is more than just God our Creator, he is also God our Redeemer, our Saviour. We are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. He is also our Shepherd-God. We have now entered into a personal relationship with him and the proper expression of it is one of awe and humility.

Indeed let us worship and bow down and kneel before this great and mighty God of the universe who is not only our creator and Shepherd but also our Heavenly Father, Abba Father, how blessed and fortunately we are indeed. Do we need any more reasons as to why we should praise and worship Him?

PRAYER: Father God, thank you for your amazing love and grace that saved a wretch like me! I was once lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see. This unworthy child now kneels and bow before you in worship for who you are and what you have done for me. Help me never to leave you but to love and serve you with everything you have blessed me with. In the precious name of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ I pray AMEN.

星期一, 2020年8月31日

【诗95:3】因耶和华是伟大的 神,是超越万神的大君王。
【诗95:7】因为他是我们的 神;我们是他草场的百姓,是他手中的羊。惟愿你们今天听他的话!



这就是保罗指出上帝将对人类作出的其中一项指控的原因,就是【罗1:21】因为,他们虽然知道神,却不把祂当作 神荣耀祂,也不感谢祂。他们不在乎承认自己与祂的关系。

因此,【诗96:8】要将耶和华的名所当得的荣耀归给他。上帝配得我们的赞美和感恩,纯粹因为祂创造了我们,没有祂,我们片刻也不能活。祂当得的荣耀理应把我们召集起来一起敬拜。一首短诗凸显了人忽略向上帝 感恩的讽刺意味。它的标题为“人文主义者”,是我们过去称为无神论者的现代术语。

唯有人才最重要。” (来源不明)雷·C·斯特德曼


诗人提醒我们,造物主是伟大的上帝,是超越所有人手所造所敬拜的其他神的大君王。上帝拥有大地的深处和最强大的山脉,海洋和旱地都是祂创造的,也是属于祂的 。因此,我们向祂俯伏敬拜是理所当然的,因为只有祂才是一切的创造者。



祷告:父神,感谢祢奇妙的爱与恩典,拯救了我这卑劣的人! 我曾经迷路失丧 ,但现在被寻着,曾经瞎眼,但现在我能看见了。为着祢的身份,和祢为我所做的一切,这位不配的孩子向祢屈膝崇拜。帮助我永远不离开祢,并且以祢所祝福我的一切去爱和服侍祢。奉主耶稣基督的宝贵名字祈祷,阿们。