17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. 22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Luke 10:17-22)
Yesterday we focused on a broad definition of worship. Today we focus on praise, which is an important subset of worship. Because we quite rightly often focus on Jesus as a worthy recipient of praise, we may not think of Him giving praise but even in this regard, Jesus serves as a perfect model.
Please read the passage above and answer the two questions below.
- As you read the passage what stood out for you about Jesus and praise?
- How has praising God played an important role in your life?
March 1, 2016 at 8:01 am
Praising God brings peace of mind and an uplifting feeling
March 1, 2016 at 10:53 am
Even Jesus who is one with the Father gave praise to his Father. We on our own cannot give praise. We need the Holy Spirits assistance. I can literally change any negative feelings I may have by praising. There are days when I want to moan and groan about things or life and the spirit says to me turn your eyes upward and praise. Between reflecting on the attributes of our Father and gospel music, I can get my praise jam going, and guaranteed it changes my perspective on things.
March 1, 2016 at 10:32 pm
Thanks for these comments! Our praise is directed at God but as you have said we benefit tremendously.