Practicing the Praise of God
Currently I am completing an essay on the topic of ‘praise in the Bible’. As I have been researching for this essay I have been struck by the

variety of ways praise is expressed throughout the Scriptures. Praise is often words directed towards God in song or prayer. For Instance, in Psalm 104:1 “O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendour and majesty.” or Rev 4:11 “You are worthy our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power,” And yet praise in the Bible is not restricted to just words directed toward God. It can also be words declared to others about God. 1 Peter 2:9 says that God has saved us as Christians that we might “declare the praises of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light.” So praise of God is not just a vertical activity but can be horizontal as well. I can praise God directly through prayer “how powerful and awesome you are O LORD!” or in song “How Great Thou Art!”; but I can also praise God by telling other people about how amazing He is – “Hey Kyle, how amazing is this food that God has given to us to enjoy!” “Hey Erin, how good God is that ‘he doesn’t treat us as our sins

deserve’ but forgives us!” All of this research got me excited to think about our practice of praise as Christians. At Gymea, we often rightly emphasise reading our Bibles, praying, & going to Church, but how often do we emphasise praising God as a normal part of our lives? Yes, we sing praise to God together on Sundays– which is great! – but what about the rest of our week? Do we make a habit of praising God in our daily life? Do we thank Him for his Creation & salvation of us? Do we ‘sing and make music to the Lord in our hearts’? Do praise him for the smell of a flower or the colours of a sunset or the taste of a coffee? Do we habitually declare his praise to others – Christians or unbelievers – about how good God really is to us in Jesus? We were made & saved to praise. And praise not only honours God but it bring us joy. Therefore if we don’t practice praise, we’re actually robbing ourselves of more joy. Let’s make it our ambition to grow in our practice of praise each day. “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!” – Psalm 150:6

Apieczonek’s Visit to Gymea
It is our privilege to have Josh and Suzannah and their beautiful children with us this week (8-13th April).  Please take every opportunity you can to hear them, pray for them and reconnect before they return to Lyon France for another 3 years.  Groups and individuals are welcome to join with any of these groupings.

Monday 9th             7.30 to 9pm at church – Craig Stalder co-ord.
Tuesday 10th          9.30am church & 10.30-11.45am Chris Leong co-ord in Roughley Hall
.                                 7.30 to 9.15pm  at church co-ord by Alan Watson and Sean Buckley

Wednesday 11th     9.30am (+ child minding)  Thompson Hall Or church Felicity Croucher co-ordinating.
.                                11am Primetime (in church) finish 1pm  Steve Leitch & Dr Bonamy co-ordinating
.                                 7.30-9.15pm  Jill & Phil co-ord. at their home (1B San Remo Avenue Gymea)

Thursday 12th         9am-10.30am at church Jean and Gordon Robinson co-ordinating.

Your brother in Christ, Craig Stalder