The Holy Spirit And Praise
By Robert Murray McCheyne
In Second Chronicles 5:13-14, when the trumpeters and singers were as one in praising and thanking the Lord, when they lifted their voices, saying, “For He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever” – then the windows of Heaven were opened – then came the cloud down and filled the whole Temple.
I am deeply persuaded that there will be no full, soul-filling, heart-ravishing, heart-satisfying outpouring of the Spirit of God till there be more praise and thanking the Lord. Let me stir up your hearts to praise.
Praise Him for He is good. Believers should praise God for what He is in Himself – the infinite, eternal, unchangeable God!
Praise Him for His pure, lovely holiness that cannot bear any sin in His sight. Cry, like the angels, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!”
Praise Him for His infinite wisdom – that He knows the end from the beginning. In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Praise Him for His power – that all matter is in His hand. The heart of the king, the heart of saint and sinner, are all in His hand. Hallelujah! for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Praise Him for His love – for God is love. Some of you have been at sea. When far out of the sight of land, you have stood high on the vessel’s prow and looked round and round – one vast circle of ocean without any bound. Oh, so it is to stand in Christ justified and to behold the love of God – a vast ocean all around you, without a bottom and without a shore!
Praise Him for His mercy – for what He has done for us. “Bless the Lord, O my soul!” “O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever” (Psa. 103:1; 1 Chr. 16:34).