Ps. 33:6,7 – All he had to do was speak by his Spirit-wind command, and God created the heavenlies. Filled with galaxies and stars, the vast cosmos he wonderfully made. His voice scooped out the seas. The ocean depths he poured into vast reservoirs.
The Lord gives us a look into the Godhead and His creative genius in the first verses of the book of Genesis. We see the word of God spoken and the Spirit-wind hovering, vibrating, or incubating over the primitive creation. This Spirit-wind is the very breath of God. The Lord formed man with His own hands and breathed His Spirit-wind into Adam’s nostrils. Man was created and became a living soul. The Word and the Spirit, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are always working in tandem, creating God’s beautiful masterpiece of redemption. Here is how Spurgeon describes it.
“It is interesting to note the mention of the Spirit in the next clause, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth; the breath is the same as is elsewhere rendered Spirit. Thus the three persons of the Godhead unite in creating all things. How easy for the Lord to make the most ponderous orbs, and the most glorious angels! A word, a breath could do it. It is as easy for God to create the universe as for a man to breathe, nay, far easier, for man breathes not independently, but borrows the breath in his nostrils from his Maker. It may be gathered from this verse that the constitution of all things is from the infinite wisdom, for his word may mean his appointment and determination. A wise and merciful Word has arranged, and a living Spirit sustains all the creation of Jehovah.”
God’s creation unveils who God is. We see His creative genius in the intricacies of all He does. From the complexity of an eye with the concept and creation of light to the depths of the sea and the expanse of space; He is more than amazing. His work of redemption, the restoration of fallen man, is the greatest work of the trinity. The Father loved the world and sent His Son, the Son entered creation and paid the ultimate price to claim our souls, the Holy Spirit functions as the great orchestra conductor coordinating the purchase of the Lord’s beautiful bride.
MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS-
“Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.” Ps.33:1
So many things have happened in the revival years of 1994 to present. One of the constant remarks people would say to me was how young I looked, like years rolled off of me. Joy does that don’t you know? Takes off the heavy burdens we have been unconsciously carrying over the years, the bitterness that seems to ebb away at our strength. I had no idea how much weight I had been carrying around! Then the mighty wind blows and our youth is returned like the eagles! Our marriages are restored, missionaries pour into the mission fields and joy becomes us! Learning to live daily in revival is our quest. In other words never letting go of our praise. It has been years since that first joy broke out in our church taking us all by surprise and ripping off the masks we try so hard to hold onto. Today while in worship with our precious church, I looked around and saw so many people deep in worship. Their facial expression changed from hardness to being softer. My heart goes out to so many that have resorted to the “church in their house mentality”. Somewhere in time they became offended and started their journey back into seclusion, carrying their bitterness and burden.
The Expositors Bible says, “Praise fits and adorns the lips of the upright. Praise gilds the gold of purity and adds grace even to the beauty of holiness. The psalm has no trace of special recent mercies, but to the devout soul the old deeds are never antiquated, and each new meditation on them breaks into new praise. So inexhaustible is the theme that all generations take it up in turn, and find “songs unheard” and “sweeter” with which to celebrate it. There is always room for a fresh voice to praise the old gospel the old creation, the old providence.This new song is saturated with reminiscences of old ones, and deals with familiar thoughts which have come to the psalmist with fresh power.”
How much praise you ask? Lets roll off the years of hurt, pain, and sorrow by allowing our praise to be vocal, mediative and habitual. It adorns us like priestly garments, like the wings of an angel, it becomes us like our kingly crowns for it is our highest honor. I believe it to be the best face lift ever! For to be without praise is to miss our comeliest adornment. I pray you too take up “the new song” while we in this generation take our place in the great hall of praise.
MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS-
“For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast”
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We will begin a new page in history living out 2018 in our lives. For some it will be a cold day in January, for others the fire and warmth of the Holy Spirit will light the way and thaw our cold hearts to a brighter and prosperous new year.
The book of Genesis was also a new beginning. Where earth became our home and we saw glimpses of a Savior sent to mankind. God had a plan and it is wonderful. There is a purpose in all that he does, and allowing yourself to be penetrated by His Spirit you too can participate in his purpose through you and in you. Each time God spoke, he spoke creation into existence and he hasn’t stopped speaking.
McClarens says, “When we read even the rudiments of what astronomers have discovered regarding the inconceivable vastness of the universe, the huge dimensions of the heavenly bodies, and the grand scale on which everything is framed, we find rising to our lips, and with tenfold reason, the words of David: “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers: the moon and the stars which Thou hast ordained; what is man that Thou art mindful of him, or the son of man that Thou visitest him?” One can hardly estimate the grandeur the emancipating power of the uniting force of that utterance.”
What is he uttering to you in the new year? Reading the word in this new year will bring direction and blessing into your life-without the word you will be lost, and lose your moorings. Praise is something to adorn yourself with on a daily basis, knowing he will continue and finish the work in our lives and his plan for redemption. Last, make an impact in your world, don’t be a taker but a giver….the more you unload his graces onto others he will load you up with more of his benefits. HAPPY NEW YEAR!