“His praise will always be on my lips.” Ps 34:1 NIV
The book of Job speaks about the rain cycle: “He maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof: Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly. Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?” (Job 36:27-29). There’s a spiritual parallel in this Scripture that works like this: as our vapors of praise go up to God, the clouds of His presence form and the rains of His blessing begin to fall on us. Sometimes we leave church saying, “That was a dry service.” The problem isn’t dry services; it’s dry servants! In praise you are the initiator and God is the responder. “They were joined by 120 priests who were playing trumpets. The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise…the Lord…they raised their voices…At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the Lord. The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple of God” (2Ch 5:12-14 NLT). Wouldn’t you love to have been in church for that service! There’s a story about a wealthy man who dropped a dollar into the offering plate at church, then complained all the way home that he didn’t get anything out of the service. His son, who observed the whole thing, said, “I guess that just proves if you don’t put much into it, you don’t get much out of it.” Here’s a key to blessing you need to think about: worship isn’t just for God’s benefit, it’s also for yours!
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