By Rev. Donnie Compton, Columnist
aThe book of Psalms is the greatest worship handbook ever compiled, the greatest hymnal ever penned, and the greatest collection of exhortations to worship ever assembled.
The book of Psalms ends with this: Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! PSALM 150 This Psalm is one massive and repetitive command to praise the Lord. But where do we praise Him? We are to gather together and praise Him in His sanctuary just as those in the heavens gather and praise God.
Right now in this very moment, He is worshiped perfectly and purely in the heavens. We praise God for who He is, but also praise Him for what He has done. He has created us, forgiven us, and been gracious to us. The God who created the world also placed Himself in a manger and on a cross. When we remember what He has done, our response is to praise Him.
Our faith is personal but it is not private. If my faith is really personal, if it has personally transformed me, then it is not private. God has not only called me to Himself, but He has called others to Himself and He wants us to worship Him together.
Eric Geiger It is the prayer of Centennial Baptist Church that you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving and you will be giving God the praise for all that you are thankful for.
Join us Sunday, December 8 at 7pm for the Centennial Celebration Choir Christmas Musical, “The Light of Christmas.” Come early, doors will open at 6pm. God is doing great things out here in the country. Come and visit this week. Dr. Steve Parr’s message at 10:30am will be “Every Giant has a Brother.” Remember this, our gathering and corporately praising God is a foretaste of what we will do throughout eternity. Blessings to you.