Good morning! Happy Wednesday to you all!
TFTD: Don’t discriminate on my praise
Yesterday my church (Gethsemane Baptist Church of Newport News, VA) ministry of arts were given a wonderful opportunity to minister through dance at the Baptist General Convention in Reston, VA. (thus the reason for no TFTD yesterday, we were traveling)
The ministry of arts consist of youth praise dancers, teenage praise dancers, young adult praise dancers, flaggers, mimers, and steppers. The ministry of arts is diverse in age and gender. It gives us a unique and humbling opportunity to praise the Lord with our limbs. Sometimes we limit our minds to new experiences because of tradition. There are many ways to offer God praise and I want to encourage you all to never judge someone’s praise offer, rather ask God to expand your mind. It was a high time in the Lord yesterday.
Psalm 150 (New King James Version)
Let All Things Praise the LORD
1 Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp!
4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!
Don’t discriminate on my praise
by: Nicole Ellis
Traditionally you may look at me
Trying to dissect what it is that you see
Praise in your mind is full of grace
And offers little room for diversity to take place
A wave offering is what you know best
or whispering “Hallelujah” stands above the rest
I do not disagree with the way that you were raised
I would like to urge you not to discriminate on my praise
My praise unto the Lord cannot be limited or bound
God brought me a mighty long way from being lost and now found
My praise can be through writing or singing a song
I can even praise Him through a dance step, please don’t look at me wrong
I can praise Him with a cymbal or even with a chant
I can praise Him with stomping my feet while others can’t
I can praise Him through drawing or laying prostrate
As long as I honor my Father I can praise Him with grace
My praise may not look like something that you are used to
But don’t discriminate on my praise just respect what I do
We all give God honor in our own special way
Join me as we praise God today!
Food for thought: God is pleased with our praise when it’s genuine and honors Him. Never allow tradition to cause you to discriminate against someone’s praise. Let’s respect the old (traditions) and embrace the new. God wants to elevate His people and we can not do that if we close our minds to different levels of praise.
What unique ways do you praise God?
Have a blessed day. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis
Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.
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