Philip Manuel and Laila Anie Philip Carmel MTC, Boston
V6.Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.
Praising God with words of admiration, deep appreciation and worship can only come from a heart of great gratitude. It is giving God the recognition He deserves for the unmerited mercy He extends to us.
Throughout the Bible we come across different people who are praising God for His love, protection and care and most of them are found in the book of psalms. (Exo.15:2, 2 Sam.22:4, Jer.20:13, James 5:13, Rev.7:12, Psalm 96:4, Psalm 100:1-5, Psalm 103:1, Psalm149:3 etc.)
Psalm 150 uses the word praise thirteen times in its six verses. Verse 1 provides the “where" of praise - “in His Sanctuary and in His mighty heavens.” Verse 2 says “why” to praise the Lord-“for his acts of power and surpassing greatness.” Verses 3-5 says “how” to praise the Lord- with variety of instruments and dancing and the last verse , v6 says “who” is to praise the Lord- “everything that has breath.”
Praising and worshipping the God is an integral part of those who have true fellowship with the Triune God. Edward L .Johnson , a retired Chief Executive Officer of a Financial Company and leader in the Savings and Loan Industry once said like this, “One of the things that made an impact on my life was when someone said to me , “Your mother prayed for you before you were born.” She died when I was only 3, and I committed my life to Christ when I was 17. His help is a constant reality in every facet of my life, in church, in sorrow, in joy. Why shouldn’t it work in business? I sought and received God’s help in my business. Success, for me , means being in the will of God. That is the kind of success which is eternal- not subject to the whims of a changing economy.”
In today’s world, we may put other people, our profession or materialistic gains above God, but the Psalmist reminds us that everything that has breath is to praise God for His acts of power and surpassing greatness .To give God praise, let us ask God, the Trinity, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit to help us to put God first in our life.
O God, please help us to put You first in our life and give praise to You for Your love and care for us. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. ( Bishop Thomas Ken 1637-1711)
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of