As Jesus entered Jerusalem, the people spread their clothes along the path and waving palm branches. They cried out, “Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord.” But the Pharisees in the crowd approached Jesus and told Him to make the people stop and to rebuke His disciples. They understood that the accolades they offered were from Psalm 118:26 and it was a confession that Jesus was both the Messiah and the rightful King of Israel. Jesus’ response was that even if they ceased their praise, that God would, one way or another, make the glorious truth of Jesus known some other way, even if it took a miracle like making the stones cry out. Psalm 96:11-12 says: “ Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”
What about you? Psalm 106:2 says, “Who can declare the Lord’s mighty acts or proclaim all the praise due Him?” Do you offer praise that due to God? Do come to Him in quiet awe and reverence and tell His greatness? Do you proclaim for all the world to hear? Read these verses about praising God:
We proclaim how great you are and tell of the wonderful things you have done. (Psalm 75:1)
Praise the Lord, all people on earth, praise his glory and might. (1 Chronicles 16:28)
God is wise and powerful! Praise him forever and ever. (Daniel 2:20)
Sing to the LORD! Praise the LORD! He rescues the oppressed from the power of evil people. (Jeremiah 20:13)
Praise him—he is your God, and you have seen with your own eyes the great and astounding things that he has done for you. (Deuteronomy 10:21)
Praise the LORD who has given his people peace, as he promised he would. (1 Kings 8:56)
The LORD is my strong defender; he is the one who has saved me. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will sing about his greatness. (Exodus 15:2)
I will tell of the LORD’s unfailing love; I praise him for all he has done for us. He has richly blessed the people of Israel because of his mercy and constant love. (Isaiah 63:7)
God is due all our praise and if we don’t praise Him, then all of nature will tell of His glory. Isaiah 55:12 says, “You will indeed go out with joy and be peacefully guided; the mountains and the hills will break into singing before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” I don’t want rocks crying out because I didn’t offer the praise due to God – what about you?
God is due all our praise and if we don’t praise Him, then all of nature will tell of His glory. I don’t want rocks crying out because I didn’t offer the praise due to God – what about you? — click to tweet
Father, we praise you for you are wonderful, gracious, forgiving, omnipotent, incredible, and your pour out your reckless love for us.
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.
Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities.