Reserving our Praise

So often we reserve our praise for a Sunday morning while we're singing in church, however that is way too limited for our awesome God.

Acts 12.19b-25

Reference:  v.23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. (NIV Bible)

Explore:  What a crazy verse!  Herod had given a rousing speech bringing people to call him a god.  He didn't refute the claims and so an angel of the Lord struck him down.  I love the detail of the verse as it explains he had been eaten by worms and died.  I'm thinking that this makes reference to him being buried in the ground and maybe not in a kingly tomb, bringing more disgrace to his name, but it sounds pretty grose all the same!
I must say, I have never been called a god before (and if this is the result then I'm happy never to be called one!) but I have been given praise and been called an angel.  What is my response then?  Do I give the praise to God as Herod should have?

Application: I have been known to play some card games in my time and on occasion, when I have received a good hand (very rare in my case!) I will give a sigh of relief and say, 'Praise the Lord!'  My mother-in-law pointed out one day that she didn't think the Lord was really all that worried about my hand of cards.  I do tend to agree with her on that one, however I do think it's important that we give praise to God for everything.  So often we reserve our praise for a Sunday morning while we're singing in church, however that is way too limited for our awesome God.  If we really start to understand how high, how wide, and how deep God's love for us is, then we will want to praise Him with everything we have.  

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for loving us when you are so Great and we are often so simple!  We praise you today with everything we have.  Amen.

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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