OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL…
DATE: TUESDAY AUGUST 30TH 2022
THEME: PRAISE RAISES
MEMORISE: The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Genesis 49:10
READ: 2 Samuel 6:20 -22
20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!
21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.
22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.
Judah means praise, and in the memory verse for today, we witness God making a promise that the scepter will not leave the tribe of Judah. In other words, every child of God who belongs to the tribe of praise will always be a leader in their various fields of endeavour.
People will gather to them, and they will always be at the top. This is not far-fetched; after all, Psalm 22:3 says that God inhabits the praises of His people. If you know how to praise God correctly, He will make His abode with you and make you the head. You will never fail, and you will also be prosperous. In 2 Samuel 6:11, they put the ark of covenant in the house of Obededom and all of a sudden he began to prosper. If God is with you, you will rise to the very top.
In whatever field you operate in, if you know how to really praise God, He will raise you to be number one.
One day, a Pastor came to me and said, “Daddy, l think l have discovered the secret of your tremendous success in Ministry. When you get to the altar to preach, before you start at all, you first sing praises to God and then eulogies Him until His presence comes down mightily, then you go ahead and preach”. I said “Oh, you got it.
Go back home and start doing the same”. Amongst Pastors in the whole world, l want to be number one. I know that if l can praise Him nonstop,then He will keep lifting me higher.
The reason many Christian are not rising to be number one in their fields is that they don’t know how to really praise God.
Some people find it difficult to kneel before God in public. In heaven, they not only kneel, they also fall on their faces before God (Revelation 7:11). When you ask some Christians to praise God, you see their mouths hardly moving. How can you praise the King of kings silently? Psalm 98:4 says:
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD; all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Heaven is not a silent place, they lift up their voices and say ” Blessing, glory wisdom, thanksgiving, honour, power and might be unto God for ever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 7:12). You need tolerance to praise God the way He really should be praised. Just keep praising Him and you will discover that doors that were erstwhile shut will begin to open unto you and soon, you will be number one in your field.
Fall on your face, lift up your voice and praise the Most High God like you have never done before.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Jeremiah 28-30
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE
HYMN 19: O WORSHIP THE KING ALL GLORIOUS ABOVE
1 O worship the King all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.
2 O tell of his might and sing of his grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
and dark is his path on the wings of the storm.
3 Your bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.
4 Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in you do we trust, nor find you to fail.
Your mercies, how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!
5 O measureless Might, unchangeable Love,
whom angels delight to worship above!
Your ransomed creation, with glory ablaze,
in true adoration shall sing to your praise!