Praise Reflection

Praise Reflection (1 July) – Be Holy

“Worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth!” (1 Chronicles 16:29b-30a) We are called into relationship with a holy God. Holiness is not something we can gain by our own efforts, our striving or even by using spiritual disciplines (as the Wesley brothers learnt). Yet in both the…

Praise Reflection (24 June ) – Holy is the Lord!       

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3b). The Hebrew word Holy is an adjective, qāḏôš, meaning “sacred, holy, of God, as separate, apart, and so sacred.” [CWSB Dictionary and BROWN, DRIVER AND BRIGGS DICTIONARY.] The Lord is holy! Holiness is a characteristic of the three…

Praise Reflection (15 June) – The King of Glory Comes

Psalm 24 The earth is the LORD’S, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it; for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.   Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and…

Praise Reflection (3 June) – How Great is our God!

‘How great is our God!’ we sing. Great indeed! But even such words as ‘great’ and ‘awesome’ are far too small to describe him. The comment is often made that if our limited human intelligence could sum up and categorise the Self-Existent, all-powerful God, he wouldn’t be God. But nothing can stop us, limited as…

Praise Reflection (27 May) – Breath and Wind and Fire

There is a phenomenon the agnostic can’t explain: the continuing life of the Christian church. How could it be that the followers of Jesus of Nazareth, terrified, disillusioned and dispersed, formed the nucleus of a great world-wide family of believers? And how is it that the church over the centuries has survived bloody persecution, false…

Praise Reflection (18 May) – I will see you again

‘Goodbye’ can be a sad word. Especially when the parting holds no promise of a reunion any time soon. And not being able to say ‘goodbye’ can be sadder still. The women who brought spices to Jesus’ tomb early on the third day came to minister to him for the last time as a kind…

Praise Reflection (11 May) – Psalm 130:5-7

Waiting – a way to Praise “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing…

Praise Reflection (5 May) – Psalm 46:10

Be Still and Know I Am God He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 The meaning of the Hebrew words can enhance our understanding of this verse. BE STILL: רָפָה râp̱â means: to let drop, abandon,…

Praise Reflection (29 April) – Turn your eyes to Jesus

“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” Psalm 94:19 (NIV) “Whenever my busy thoughts were out of control, the soothing comfort of your presence calmed me down and overwhelmed me with delight.” Psalm 94:19 (TPT) “Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his;…