FEBRUARY 19: THE VERB GOD

THE VERB GOD
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord O my soul. While I live I will praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goes forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God. Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is; which keepeth truth forever. Which executeth judgment for the oppressed, which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners. The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind; the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down; the Lord loveth the righteous. The Lord preserveth the strangers; He relieveth the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked He turneth upside down. The Lord shall reign forever, even Thy God, O Zion, unto all generations.
Praise ye the Lord.
Psalm 146
Today's Read: Psalm 146; Psalm 148
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God made.
God keeps.
God executes.
God gives.
God looses.
God opens.
God raises.
God loves.
God preserves.
God relieves.
God turns upside down.
God reigns.
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God is a "verb" God.
He is busy ...
Activating and making good on His promises.
Read the sample list I've recorded from this Psalm and consider the compilation of verbs afforded God.
The words ascribed to God are notable, powerful, and impossibly over-achieving ... to man.
They are not Sunday "niceties" to be sung and left in the pews.
They are not "cliches" to be declared at funerals and appropriated at mealtimes.
They are truthful "realities" to be "lived out" in our every day lives.
The "verb" God desires that His children become "verb" children.
Not talkers ... but doers.
Not suggesting and speaking about things like truth, grace, and praise;
Living out truth and grace ... and praise.
Praising God always.
Look at the first and last words of this Psalm:
"PRAISE YE THE LORD."
Packaged between the lines of "praise" that are to flow out of man are the promises and provisions God has prepared for man.
Read God's "verb" list over again and note the way He tackles every arena of life:
Relationally, Emotionally, Mentally, Physically, Financially, Spiritually.
God is the "package" of everything in-between in this life;
The parcel delivered to hungry, needy, searching, inquiring, desperate souls.
Hmmm ...
God fills us with every provision from above and sandwiches it between what we are to return to Him:
PRAISE.
Pure earnest praise ... no matter what comes.
Job knew it.
Daniel knew it.
David knew it.
Paul knew it.
All the Saints of old knew that power from heaven was derived through praise on earth.
You have this moment.
You have this truth.
Now do it.
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Three Study Suggestions:
1) Read today's Psalm and find a correlating one which speaks to praising God.
2) Pray for a "caution flag" to rise in your heart when you are tempted to speak critically, negatively, or wrongly in "today." Make it your goal to give "praise" to God in the words you speak.
3) Bend your knees and try praising God from that place. A bent posture affords an extraordinary view of God.