Praise to Our WARRIOR Lord
“The Lord will go forth like a WARRIOR,
He will arouse His zeal like a man of war.
He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry.
He will prevail against His enemies.”
“WARRIOR” isn’t the first description I think of when praising my Lord. Nor the second or third. Actually, I think this may be a first for me to praise the Lord for being a WARRIOR. But don’t we need warriors? Don’t we want others to go out and fight on our behalf; to protect us from the enemy?
On Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day we celebrate those who stormed beaches and fought in fox holes to defend our freedom from enemies. Why, then, would we think it strange or even perhaps wrong to think of Christ as a Warrior? Isn’t He our champion over the devil? Didn’t He give His life to gain our freedom from sin? Jesus, our Warrior, fights on our behalf. And, He will return one day not as the Lamb of God, but as a WARRIOR.
Lord, we praise You, WARRIOR from on high.
Praise to God’s VOICE of AUTHORITY
“And the Lord will cause His VOICE OF AUTHORITY to be heard,”
Have you ever done a study on the “voice” of God? In Isaiah 30:30, the literal translation is “VOICE OF MAJESTY.”
Although He speaks to us through the majesty of His creation, some turn from Him and worship what He’s created rather than Him. God’s voice calls to us through the Bible. Yet, we often shut our ears to His Word.
His voice calls to our hearts, but the noise of the world drowns Him out.
But when we slip out of our beds … and quietly meet with Him – just the two of us…
He speaks. His voice encourages our weary souls. His voice comforts us that although we’ve sinned, He forgives us. His voice encourages us that we can start again. His voice whispers, “Do this…” And, if we take His words seriously and even write down and do what He tells us, He whispers more.
And we hear His voice of majesty and AUTHORITY and we praise Him. His voice – the one for which our souls yearn.
Voice of Authority, Voice of Majesty, let us hear You in the morning, for we trust in You.
Praise to Our VINEDRESSER
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the VINEDRESSER. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.”
God is interested in us. He wants us to bear fruit; not be unproductive. God designed us to bear fruit. It brings Him glory. And, when we bear fruit, it brings us joy. I didn’t understand that for a long time.
Then, I planted a garden.
I started small. I had no idea what I was doing. But, I found pleasure in going to my garden every day and checking for growth.
Then, one day, I saw it. The first fruit. I called to Keith, “Come look!” I was so excited.
God, our VINEDRESSER, cares about us. He watches us every day. He prunes away that which is unproductive to make way for us to bear more fruit. If His pruning shears are on us, then we know He’s close, holding us. Rather than wrestle from His touch, breathe in the nearness of His presence.
Lord, You are the VINEDRESSER. We praise You that You care about us and want us to be productive Christians. Prune us so we bear much fruit for You.
Praise to God, Our VINDICATOR
“O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear to VINDICATE the orphan and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.”
Evil abounds. Human trafficking. Child abuse. Consumers buying pornography for “entertainment.” Christians being persecuted. Abuse and abandonment of spouses. Abortion. Civil rights violations.
God is not blind. He sees what’s going on in our nation and world. He knows who is causing the terror.
God is not deaf. He hears our prayers and desires.
God strengthens our hearts when we cry to Him. He will VINDICATE the orphan and the oppressed. That is His name and His nature. And the humble one, who follows Christ, will enter into His glorious eternal presence.
Lord God, VINDICATOR of the orphan and the oppressed, we praise You. Thank You that You will right wrongs and that terror will no longer exist in Your holy presence. Thank You for making a way for us in heaven through Jesus.
Know Jesus as Savior.
Praise to Our VICTORIOUS Lord
“…thanks be to God, who gives us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Sin. It’s here. Our sin or another person’s sin seems to be a part of daily life. Perhaps one of the most glaring sins is selfishness. We want what we want. We want it when we want it. Things or people that stand in our way frustrate us. But what if sin didn’t exist? What if we were free of sin and its consequences?
The good news is – that day awaits us.
Because of Christ, the VICTOR over death, we will one day be free of sin.
Today, let’s raise our voices in praise of Christ, who has won the VICTORY over sin.
LORD, We praise You for being VICTORIOUS over sin and death. We worship You.
Praise to Our UPRIGHT Lord
“Let my teaching drop as rain…A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and UPRIGHT is He.”
120 years. That’s how old Moses was when he commissioned Joshua to take his place. Moses’s words, ever so eloquent, are recorded in Deuteronomy 32. I’d love for you to read them. In verses 2-3, Moses poured forth, “Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, … For I proclaim the name of the Lord.” Moses continues, “UPRIGHT is He.”
Why did Moses say that God is upright? He wanted us to know that God is believable. He is just, true, and His word is just and true.*
As we go about our lives in a world that is often far from being upright and where people speak words that are untrue, let these refreshing words wash over you – God and His Word are just and true!
UPRIGHT LORD GOD, we praise You that You and Your Word are just and true. All praise and glory belong to You!
Praise to Our UPHOLDER
“For I am the Lord your God, who UPHOLDS your right hand,
Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’”
I’ve had the blessing of holding our newborn children and grandchildren. Holding them was no problem. They weren’t heavy. As a matter of fact, it was a delight to hold them. I could intently gaze on their faces. I could pray for them. The more I held them, the deeper my love grew. Wouldn’t it have been silly if our little ones had argued, “Don’t hold me. I’m too heavy.” Or, what if they had said, “I don’t want to bother you. You don’t need to hold me.” In light of that, consider our Heavenly Father’s words, “I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will UPHOLD you with My righteous right hand,” Isaiah 41:10. In the Bible, God’s right hand symbolizes His strength. His right hand is the strong hand of righteousness. We can relax in His hands. We can become increasingly aware of His deep love for us. In case you feel like you’re faltering, be assured – your UPHOLDER has you. Don’t be afraid.
LORD, Thank You for UPHOLDING us with Your righteous right hand. Thank You for the depth of Your love for us. Thank You that we don’t have to be afraid.
*Copyright Debbie Taylor Williams, Pray with Purpose, Live with Passion. This is the book that began my collection of God’s 365 names, titles, and attributes. It features chapters that give an in-depth description of 26 of His A-Z names, and includes lined space for you to record your prayers, repentance, and praise. Also included are discussion questions for group or personal study. I pray it blesses and deepens your prayer life.
Praise to Our UNSEARCHABLE Lord
Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is UNSEARCHABLE.”
One of the exciting aspects about the day in which we live is that the Bible is being recognized as a reliable historical and scientific source. Things at which earlier civilizations scoffed, we nod our heads in agreement, “The Bible was right about that. The earth is round, not flat.” (Is 40:22) However, the psalmist addresses an important fact. Although we may “know” God and acknowledge that He is great, the reality is, God is UNSEARCHABLE. We’ll never know or understand everything about Him. Our praise of Him today is just the beginning of an eternity of our praise.
Lord, You are UNSEARCHABLE. We praise and worship You.
Praise to our UNEQUALED Lord
“‘To whom then will you liken Me
That I would be his equal?’ says the Holy One.”
In Isaiah 40, God proclaims His greatness.
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. (vs 21-22)
God makes it clear that no one is equal to Him. He calls us to lift up our eyes and see the heavens He created and holds in place. What does this mean for us? It means we are not alone. It means that nothing is too difficult for Him. It means God deserves our time and worship.
Lord, You are UNEQUALED. There is no one deserving of praise, honor, and worship like You.
Praise to Our UNDERSTANDING Lord
“The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens.”
Do you have a problem? Are you confronted with a challenge? Guess what! You have a Helper. That’s what Jesus calls the Holy Spirit in John 14:16 and again in verse 26. A Helper who is always with us. I think that if the LORD established the heavens by UNDERSTANDING, which in the Hebrew language means “intelligence, skill, and insight;” then He’s an incredible source for us to go to with our problems and challenges. Think of the intelligence, skill, and insight He can give when we call on Him for help.
LORD, we praise You that You are a God of UNDERSTANDING and that we can come to You for help.