OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL – TUESDAY – 06/05/2014 – THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE BY PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE
Bless the Lord Oh my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.
2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
What is the most important thing in life? Is it to earn a living? Is it to be wealthy, famous and revered; or is it to get saved and get to Heaven? To answer this question, we need to understand why man was created. The answer is simply to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7). Our life is expected to be one continuous song of praise to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). To praise means to honour, to worship and to glorify. To praise God is the most important thing in life. The Bible shows us that praise is compulsory for angels (Revelation 7:11-12), for the saints of God – believers (Psalm 30:4) and for nations (Psalm 117:1). Even children are not exempted from it. Candidly speaking, children know how best to praise the Lord. This is one of the reasons why Christ said that unless we accept the kingdom of God like children, we will not be able to access it. Whatever your position in life, whether you are a pastor or a new convert, whether you are a messenger, governor or president; whether you are a prince or a peasant, it is compulsory for you to praise the Lord (Psalm 148:12-13). All the creations of God are also expected to praise the Lord. God gets praises from the heavens, the heights, sun, moon, stars and wind. Psalm 150:6 says:
“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”
There are several reasons why we must praise the Lord. First, we must praise the Lord because of His majesty. The Lord is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He deserves to be praised. Secondly, we should praise God because of His glory (Psalm 138:5). A king’s glory is reflected in his robes and in the quality of his possessions. The Lord is clothed with light and rides upon the heavens. Thirdly, we should praise the Lord because of His greatness (Psalm 145:3). Definitely there is no one as great as the King of kings and the Creator of all things. Surely no creator can be greater than the one who created him. Fourthly, we should praise the Lord because of His power (Psalm 21:13). The Lord said that all power belongs to Him, be it power in heaven, on earth or underneath the earth. Fifthly, we should praise the Lord because of His goodness (Psalm 107:8). Has the Lord been good to you? If He has been good to you, then you should praise Him. The sixth reason we should praise God is because of His mercy (2 Chronicles 20:21). We are saved through His mercy. We are kept alive through His mercy. The seventh reason for which we should praise the Lord is His wonderful works (Psalm 150:2). These works include creation, redemption, consolation, pardon of sin, spiritual and physical health, constant preservation and protection, the hope of glory and all other physical, material and spiritual blessings. Praise the Lord!
Spend time in praises today. Praise the Lord with understanding, joyfully and with gladness.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
Genesis 8:1-11:9; Psalm 99-100