Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Learning to Praise God Together

Acts 4:23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,
“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
    and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers were gathered together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed’
27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
This passage gives us a glimpse of what happens when God's people are all on the same page. Together we sing the praises of God. Together we understand how His promises are being fulfilled in our presence. Together we see why God has us where we are and what He wants to do. Together we find courage to do the hard things. Together we stand back and let Jesus shine through and the Holy Spirit control our lives, our hearts, and our voices.  What a picture - not of what WE need to make happen, but what we need to allow God to do in us.

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