Joy In Praising God


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Isbn: 0883685663
Isbn-13: 9780883685662
Speedy#: 775663
CPC Super: Christian Living
CPC Primary: Spiritual Growth
CPC Sub: General
Author: Spurgeon C H
Publisher: Whitaker House
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TOC: Contents
1. Awakening Praise 7
2. Heavenly Adoration 31
3. A Pattern for Praise 59
4. A New Song for New Hearts 87
5. Ethan 's Song in the Night 115
6. Praise for the Gift of Gifts 141
About the Author 167
Excerpt: Awakening Praise

"Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song. arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam." Judges 5.12

Many of the saints of God are as mournful as if they were captives in Babylon, for their lives are spent in tears and sighing. They will not chant the joyous psalm of praise. If anyone requires of them a song, they reply, "How can we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?" However, we are not captives in Babylon. We do not sit down to weep by Babel's streams. The Lord has broken our captivity. He has brought us up out of our house of bondage. We are free men, not slaves. We have not been sold into the hand of cruel taskmasters, but "we which have believed do enter into rest" (Hebrews 4:3).

Moses could not give rest to Israel. He could bring them to Jordan, but he could not conduct them across the stream. Joshua alone could lead them into the lot of their inheritance. Likewise, Jesus, our Joshua, has led us into the land of promise. He has brought us into a land which the Lord our God reflects, a land of hills and valleys, a land that flows with milk and honey. Though the Canaanites are still in the land and plague us sorely, yet is it all our own. God has said unto us, "All things are yours, whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come, all are yours, and ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's" (I Corinthians 3:21-23).

We are not captives, sold under sin. We are a people who "sit every man under his vine and his fig tree, and none shall make [us] afraid" (Micah 4:4). "We [dwell in] a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks" (Isaiah 26:1). We have come to "Zion, the city of our solemnities" (Isaiah 33:20). Babylon's mourning is not suitable in Zion, which is "beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth ... the city of the great King" (Psalm 48:2). "Let us serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing" (Psalm 100:2).

Many of God's people live as if their God were dead. Their conduct would be quite consistent if "all the promises of God in him are [not] yea, and in him Amen" (2 Corinthians 1:20) and if God were a faithless God. If Christ were not a perfect Redeemer, if the Word of God might after all turn out to be untrue, if He had not power to keep His people, and if He had not love enough with which to hold them even to the end, then might they give way to mourning and to despair. Then might they cover their heads with ashes and wrap their loins about with sackcloth. But while God is just and true, while His promises stand as fast as the eternal mountains, while the heart of Jesus is true to His spouse, while the arm of God is unpalsied and His eye undimmed, while His covenant and His oath are unbroken and unchanged, then it is not proper or fitting for the upright to go mourning all their days. You children of God, refrain from weeping and make a joyful noise unto the Rock of your salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, expressing our gladness in Him with psalms.

"Your harps, ye trembling saints,
Down from the willows take;
Loud to the praise of love divine,
Bid every string awake."

First, I will urge you to stir up all your powers for sacred praise, to "awake, awake, utter a song. " In the second place, I will persuade you to practice the sacred leading of your captivity captive. "Arise Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam."

Let us look to stirring up all our powers to praise God, according to the words of the holy woman in the text, "Awake, awake," repeated yet again, "Awake, awake." What is there that we need to awaken if we would praise God? I reply, we ought to arouse all the bodily powers. Our flesh is sluggish. We have been busy with the world. Our limbs have grown fatigued. But there is power in divine joy to arouse even the body itself, to make the heavy eyelids light, to reanimate the drowsy eye, and quicken the weary brain. We should call upon our bodies to awake, especially our tongues. Let it put itself in tune like David's harp of old.
A toil-worn body often makes a mournful heart. The flesh has such a connection with the spirit that it often bows down the soul. Come, then, my flesh, I charge you, awake. Blood, leap in my veins. Heart, let your pulsings be as the joy-strokes on Miriam's timbrel! Oh, all my bodily frame, stir yourself now. Begin to magnify and bless the Lord, who made you, and who has kept you in health, and preserved you from going down into the grave.
Surely we should call on all our mental powers to awaken. Wake up, memory, and find matter for the song. Tell what God has done, for me in days gone by. Fly back, thoughts, to my childhood. Sing of cradle mercies. Review my youth and its early favors. Sing of long-suffering grace, which followed my wandering and bore with my rebellions. Revive
before my eyes that glad hour when first I knew the Lord. Tell again the matchless story of the never ceasing streams of mercy, which have flowed to me since then and which call for songs of loudest praise. Wake up, my judgment, and give measure to the music. Come forth, my understanding, and weigh His loving-kindness in scales and His goodness in the balances. See if you can count the small dust of His mercies. See if you can understand the unsearchable riches, which He has given to you in that unspeakable gift of Christ Jesus. Count His eternal mercies to you, the treasures of that covenant which he made on your behalf, even before you were born. Sing my understanding, sing aloud of that matchless wisdom which contrived, of that divine love which planned, and of that eternal grace which carried out the scheme of your redemption.
Awake, my imagination, and dance to the holy melody. Gather pictures from all worlds. Bid sun and moon stay in their courses and join in your new song. Constrain the stars to yield the music of the spheres. Put a tongue into every mountain and a voice into every wilderness. Translate the lowing of the cattle and the scream of the eagle. Hear the praise of God in the rippling of the rills, the dashing of the waterfalls, and the roaring of the sea, until all His works in all places of His dominion bless the Lord.
Blurb: God is ready, willing, and able to deliver Christians from the grip of bondage into victory. As you learn how to praise God boldly, you will begin to experience victory and enjoy an overcoming life instead of merely surviving daily struggles and temptations.


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