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MARY'S SONG (1 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
"Praise the Lord." "Hallelujah." Do we know what that
means? I am not talking about using that word
carelessly. God help us not to use God's Name
carelessly. He will not hold those guiltless who take
His Name in vain, speaking carelessly. Also, the
tremendous WORD of God! For a man IS his word. To
slight his word is to slight him; to slight God's Word
is to slight God. Not to believe God's Word is to make
Him a liar, and to handle God's Word carelessly is to
handle God's CHARACTER carelessly. "Hallelujah" is a
word you find on the lips of the world many times in a
very careless manner. It does not mean to them what
the word means in the heart of a Christian, and that
is, "Praise ye the Lord."
Have you ever "praised" the Lord? Time and again we
read in the Bible of "blessing" God. Well, that is an
important word, to "bless" God. It means to speak well
of God! Does God want to be spoken well of? Yes. Does
God want to be praised? Yes. Does God want us to be
kind to Him? Yes.
In Jeremiah 2 God said He remembered the days of
Israel's KINDNESS, when she went after Him in the
wilderness. How long has it been since we have been
kind to God? How long has it been since we have spoken
well about God, or to God?
And then, "praise." One of the great "sacrifices" of
the believer found in the Word of God is praise. "The
fruit of the lips, giving praise unto His Name."
Now, there is a great illustration of giving praise to
the Lord and real devout worship found in Mary, the
mother of Jesus. In Luke 1:46 Mary (who was to become
the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ) said, "My soul
doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in
God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of
His handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth all
generations shall call me blessed. For He that is
mighty hath done to me great things, and holy is His
Name. His mercy ...
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