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Rejoice and Praise

If Not For God / Mike Zwick
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October 28, 2021 10:56 am

Rejoice and Praise

If Not For God / Mike Zwick

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October 28, 2021 10:56 am

Mike is joined by the Truth Network's very own, Robby Dilmore, to discuss how the celebrate the Lord each day.


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Today we will be talking a little bit about rejoicing and praising the Lord in worship and you know really how it changes the atmosphere, but I know Robbie you wake up in the morning and is not that part of what you do if you know that's it is part of what I do, but I like what you what you said about I got get acted for some mornings five, depending on what my day is and yeah my day just wouldn't be the same if I didn't start off knowing my relationship with God, and I think that I will get into how that affects a lot of different things. I love what you said about Clint Eastwood you know there's a simple enough story that most people go well everybody's walk with God has no effect right you mean years ago and I don't remember this but Charles Barkley had a famous commercial where he said I am not a role model you member that I do yeah and and there was a big stink about as big thing about it, but whether you want to admit it or not, people are watching you know people are watching you. Whether you're a Christian, or whether you're not. But if you're a parent, I think that your children are really really watching.

I heard the story about Clint Eastwood when he was growing up, believe it was in California he would go to church every Sunday with his dad Ray on your right he went he went to church every Sunday with his mom, his dad would not go to church church with them and so Cliff asked his his dad. He said daddy said why don't you go to church with us on Sundays and his dad's and will that's my only day off and so Clint Eastwood never went to church again after that we had me he's made a lot of money. He's been a success on the on the silver screen and stuff like that and always I think part of following Buddhism or or whatever it is, and so it's possible that because of his father's indolence and just just unwillingness to go to church with the family, at least to go that far. And to say that it's not that important because it's my only day off it. It made an impact and I believe we can have an impact on people in a really positive way.

We can also people are watching have an impact on on on people the other way as well, but it to start off I wanted to open up with someone 18 and it says O give thanks unto the Lord for he is good because his mercy endures forever.

Let Israel now say that his mercy endures forever.

Let the house of Aaron now say that his mercy endures forever. Let them now that fear the Lord say that his mercy endures forever. I called upon the Lord in distress. The Lord answered me and set me in a large place. The Lord is on my side I will not fear what can man do unto me. That's good right there the Lord taketh my part with them that help me therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me, it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man, it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. All nations compassed me about. But in the name of the Lord, will I destroy them. If and when I see that I see David and and I think you were talking about this a little bit before Robbie, but the Psalms are really just songs to the Lord.

Is that right at that particular song was the song that traditionally was saying. After the Passover Seder of the last book, the Last Supper itself was a Passover Seder so you know.

Legend has it or whatever that that was the song when it says you know when they sing a hymn right when they sang him as they came out when I was the him that they believe they sign and and so there it is.

When you hear the bees encompass me in all that will Jesus would soon you know be in the midst of that but they were singing and you know that's part of what comes with freedom, it is you get to sing because you've you've had that experience but you had that experience in Haiti that I just think it's beyond cool I did.

You said that David would wake up every what would happen at midnight. Now if you look in the next Psalm 119 which is the long one. But anyway, in verse 62. He said I will rise at midnight and actually a better translation would probably be an established praise because of your righteous judgments. Whether the Jews teach the old sages in their mid-Russian stuff that King David literally did rise at midnight and that they believe that the it wasn't good to sing songs after dark and after a mean because the sun was going down is getting darker and so they would recite what they call tell them or the Psalms after midnight and so King David said he would rise at midnight. This story went that he had the special harp that was made of these very light strings that when the wind would blow the sink.

The strings would sing and so he held this. He put this harp in a special place at night so that when the wind changed know nothing about the time of midnight but for him the real midnight than the night was half over.

The sun was going to come up on the other side the wind would change and when that happened it would blow through his heart and he would rise and begin to sing his Psalms. Yeah, they said that the whole city of Jerusalem would get up and sing with a minute and can you imagine, I mean we're talking about King David and I could see and he was praising in a way that I believe you know we would all wallet forward to hearing them in heaven. A man after God's own heart. But his songs would lead Jerusalem at midnight and and when it city was established.

Praise that because he was praising right all the people were watching him live the king and get up at midnight and start singing and is really cool it. It's a neat story because even go as far as to say was interesting that Moses saw God face-to-face. But King David was a man after God's own heart and part of the reason that that that they you know Moses was actually that kind of friend that he be face-to-face because of King David's whole heartedness in his intensity of praise that that you know he. They believed that he was that close to the Lord and you know it's a beautiful thing that he wrote those at and clearly. When you think about him establishing praise when you think the midnight's story is true or whatever.

If I bet you anything you could walk in the Walmart or any place you want to the most secular place you could possibly stay and start saying that the 23rd Psalm.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow death and people will know have some sense of what that is right yet because of of you know, essentially, King David singing in harmony. Thousands years ago, yet he he he didn't in the department you're talking that is at the end Hector the hat. The hat was with his verse is the section is yellow. Each section of the 20 of the hundred 19 Psalm is based on a Hebrew letter and the letter hat is where you'll find this section and interestingly hat is kind of like saying marriage okay in life and so you know this is kind of where we get married to God is in this whole idea of praise of praise and all rated its first 57 it says now verse 57 of Psalm 119 thou art my portion of word I have said that I would keep thy words. I entreated thy favor with my whole heart. Be merciful unto unto me according to thy word. I thought all my ways and turn my feet unto thy testimonies.

I made haste into late not to keep thy commandments the bands of the wicked have wrought me, but I have not forgotten my wall at midnight. I will rise to give the to give thanks unto the because of thy righteous judgments. I am a companion of all of them that fear the and of them that keep thy precepts the earth. The Lord is full of thy mercy teach me thy statutes. How does that speak to you Rob for the whole hat section is is very much a picture of marriage right in and that the whole anointing of those passages show you how close King David really was with God, but it did its when you think about what where were going here is as we get more and more married to Christ were affecting other people, and that you love the fact that as he gets closer to Christ. One of the things he says is my companions are those who fear you and those who seek your precepts. In other words, if you notice that you have a kindred spirit is just like you and I can come in here within 1520 minutes were involved in a deep discussion about how cool God is and when we first get in here like what the heck are we. I don't have anything to talk about is the same thing.

We had that pastor Ronnie Nair last week when you get somebody that that loves God. Isn't it amazing how quickly that that all the sudden the conversation goes to really really good places and it really isn't a matter of of of being joined in spirits just you know relate to one another.

Now you can tell that you gotta tell the Jamaican story man, I will the identity at what I just wanted say something about what you just said, though, because we had our our Bible study there. There's a section and in the Bible where Jesus said wherever two or three are gathered together, my name is that I'm in the midst of the and what were talking about in the Bible study on Tuesday night was that you know what we have to make sure that were not taking the Bible out of context and so we look to the whole context of that part in and right before he was talking about correcting people and you know if somebody messes up you know you go to them face to whatever and so they said well this maybe Nate was just in that context. And then there was a guy over there William, who doesn't usually say much. So when he says something, it's pretty profound. He said you know I think what he's talking about here. He said I think this is, separate from the lost part in. And when I looked at it. I saw the same thing as well that the meeting we talked about this before the importance of of gathering together with other believers. And there's different settings.

I'm not saying it has to be just in church on every side. Whatever that is a great way.

Another way is through through Bible studies or through you know just meeting in small groups and stuff like that.

Now there's great stuff online and you could do zoom stuff like that but to me there is something about being with somebody face-to-face that is different than it is over the phone or via zoom or anywhere else so my mind and I think about you know past records was a cover all genders in the incident some profound things to say but along those lines. He said somebody never forgot.

He said you know you you don't have to stay in a Sunday school class in order to get to heaven you don't have to go to church every Sunday in order to get to heaven, he said, but you don't necessarily need about to get to England in a long swim girl is difficult to do it on her own.

In all seriousness, it's very difficult job. Never got mad because I mean it is a long swim of an and the beauty of it is and as you sit down with people. Chances are I don't know a single person that I'm close with that thinks like I do necessarily on all issues.

We have differing views. However, we have some of the coolest conversations yet you know the just go really, really neat places that you know God is just easy.

He is in the midst of that and and you sense that an and you feel that in my pride. I really you know there was a along the same lines, there was a Jewish rabbi who was noting you know people's you know the man said well you know I only come to services you know on Passover and Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat you know and certain, and he said do you not realize that all those people around your watch and when you only come four times a year.

They only come to times when you come 10 times a year. They only come five times a year when you come 20 times year the content and so whether you realize you you know what you're doing.

Just like the Clint Eastwood story is your devotion and and again I'm not saying go to church because of the legalistic reasons or even to in influence anybody necessarily, but I am saying that. Oh what a joy it is to know that if you really love this stuff and you really do show up every morning at midnight and in an established price you'll be affecting a lot of people from for good and and there's nothing to be ashamed. There's nothing to be ashamed of, so Haiti was on a mission trip with that was Raleigh first assembly, no cross assembly with the foster child. We talk about were down there and was the end of the trip and we were going down and I remember we were. We had prayed and we had prayed all the lights went out in the place where were at. And then I came back on and I said I've got a bad feeling about something every like 999X so we go driving the truck.

They call it a tap tap back.

There is like a caged veteran and close cage in the back of the truck. It's if you haven't seen it you wouldn't know.

But if you seen it and you know but it's a tap tap has to do with you want out your tapping on the trip. You know that all of a sudden the driver got blinded by the sun, and he ran into the middle. The median of it was it was a terrible accident and one of the guys. His head was split open.

His name was Nick, there's another lady name, your name was Peggy he was almost deaf and when she while.

I just remember that when she was on the top tap even before there was a lady was it and that's mother say who we have the Monday morning meetings with that she had give me five dollars and she said give this to somebody whose death to one of the trip. I had five dollars and II handed this lady, Peggy the five dollars it. That was the end of it I thought it was crazy. Whatever we get on the were getting on the on the top tap to go to go to the airport and I think in Port-au-Prince and all the sudden I was sitting in her spot and or something like that and in so I so we can sit here and she said no, no, no, you sit down and there is a terrible crash and she got severely Coke and I didn't have a scratch.

I was following up so you know I don't click to think of that exactly but but I remember when it happened. It was a terrible crash. Everybody was just sitting there is like in a daze was almost like you are in the twilight zone, or was it real.

All of a sudden I felt within my spirit to start singing and I may have sung this I may, he's dating gray house we set and everybody started to sing with me and it was like when we started to sing. Just at that moment it broke to change the atmosphere in the end that I do believe I've seen this over the years with myself that when when you start to praise the Lord through songs or what I'm noticing now when I'm reading my Bible. I would always listen to it.

I read the Bible out loud and I get something out of it doing that but I don't do anything else or store praising the Lord or to singing worship songs if I'm depressed, I'm not so depressed. No man maybe maybe people could save save a lot of money from psychiatrist if they started to praise the Lord. It was a great experience in the fact that I saw how quickly the atmosphere can change through praise and worship, and I'm sure you seen that.

It's amazing thing I heard this story years ago is always touch my heart.

It's something I long for trying to get to admit I've never got there so was actually on. I heard it on Stu's radio station back before I work for Truth Network and was James Dobson and he had this just a story about this man, he lost his wife and he wasn't a very religious man when he lost his life right after he lost his wife and he got more more lonely. It said he would start to pray which he had never done before and it said that it he felt like he was picking up the phone and calling God and saying I you know I need some help on a need you and and it said that I love the way this went on never forgotten and he said no.

The more time went on, the more he picked up the phone until he got to the point that he never hung up and I like yeah that's there you go, you know that's that's what I want that you know that that some point to just feel like I am so connected to God in prayer that that I never hung up that I've never hung up and so when somebody is mindful of, and the idea is pretty cool in the design section which is right before you get to the head section, which is got something to do that because there's a sign in ahead and look at it when you look at these letters are made of other letters of the Zion's is the letter that begins the word remember okay and if you look at design section really fun to do in the hundred 19 Psalm see how many times the word remember is in their because when you remember God you see that's really what happened in the tip and the tap tap or whatever right, all of a sudden everybody and all of a sudden Mike remembers payment got to got this in an amazing grace you and and so is which is our mind goes back to picking up the phone rather than OL. You hung up oil ago.

Then all the sudden you know when you look at those at end of the cool thing about that Zion section. If you look at it in the hundred 19 Psalm is King David. He starts out by asking God to remember him because for me and I'm always like God, help me remember what is interesting that that David says remember me, you go and read. I see you you got there. Feel free no I don't look at some but the but David said remember me right will actually the first verse of the science section of the of the Zion section. Remember thy word on that. I serve upon which thou has caused me to hope this while remembering the word is obviously remembering Jesus concedes the word mean and and very specifically to King David. He was promised by Nathan that the that the Christ would come through his and so this has a lot to do with Messiah coming. But the very first word that he mentions is this well, you know, one of the somewhat comical things is that the first time that the word remember is in the Bible it says that God remembered Noah. And you're like one he forget about the only guy left on earth rather float in the water is is is is is is is is there a flood. I know a guy that's a good thing you remembered Noah, but the real thing is it all suddenly Noah became the priority in the moment of what he was now going to be what God was going to do and remember the thief on the cross what he said remember me, remember me when you get into your kingdom. And so the idea of remember what Jesus at the Last Supper do this in remembrance of me right and and the idea of and what did Jesus say to the guy when the guy said, remember me when I get when you get into your kingdom right said today be with me in paradise to change me tell you that guy really earned it really earned his way to heaven. But think of the value of God remembering you right and we see it right there and so it's cool that King David starts out with that whole that whole section and did just follow through and CME times. The word remembers in their because it's it's spectacular it is. You know I didn't want to say something else.

I heard from Pastor Chad was he was talking about. He said you know when you're going to write your daily life. Whatever he says I'm not gonna tell you not to listen any secular music or anything like that but I can tell you myself 90 some percent of the time at least I'm listening to Christian music and and in the analogy that Pastor Chad gave he says. Imagine you're on your deathbed, your dying in and you have one last song to sing to the Lord. He said, and this is the song that you sent. I'm too sexy for my shirt too sexy for my shirt so sexy it hurts. I'm too sexy for my lawn too sexy from a lawn, New York or Japan. Yeah whoa whoa whoa I'm too sexy for the syrup to sexy for your girl too sexy for this world. Too sexy for this ice too sexy for that. Jack yeah yeah I'm too sexy for this chain to sexy for your gang too sexy for the fame yeah yeah I'm too sexy for the trap too sexy for that Too sexy for that.

Jack yeah yeah was that even mean you and use that will, of course, I'm not this it does not gloss on but if that's what you're listening to in the car it in any you gotta realize your mind is like a computer and I've heard it said that Satan was possibly the worship leader in heaven before he fell in that that he's he did then and is still doing it today to try to lead people away from Christ. Because when you hear a song it can really pull at your emotions and you can really believe something because it's in a song you can have great importance your great meaning to, or whatever it is and you know he was talking about all the songs are bad, but he said no. Then he said let's let's look at another song. Let's look at a Christian song now that you know when you're dying in your your your running your you know you're about to you're about to have your last breath and you know you could sing something and this would be the song would be all fly away some some bright morning when this life is over all fly away to that home on God celestial sure all fly away all fly away. Oh glory all fly away in the morning when I die, hallelujah by-and-by. I'll fly away when the shadows of this life have gone all fly away like a bird from these prison walls all fly away all fly away all fly away. Oh glory all fly away in the morning when I die, hallelujah by-and-by. I'll fly away.

I'd rather sing that song than the first one by Drake. It's even a neat meditation thing, what would be that song and and you know for you which one to really feel like it's into you know I wouldn't pick I fly way that others will be yourself.

I'm trying to think of the name of it. It's an Irish him him, be thou my vision is 1P my vision. Oh my, sets yeah candidate can hold tuned like my the bits that there are so many wonderful songs and and in one of my favorite lyric part to that of that song is rich as I heed not, nor more man's empty praise thou my inheritance now and always.

So unit tells me that even when things even if things get really bad. Jesus yeah I have but it is and so you might be sitting there thinking she I don't know exactly what you guys are talking about but you know Jesus. He points the way for he said I am the way the truth and the life. He says nobody gets the father but by me. But if you trust in him, you will fly away like that song says he he will hear your inheritance. It's knocking to be money.

It's not to be man's empty praise.

But Jesus will be your inheritance and all you have to do is surrender your life to him in and ask him to forgive you of your sins and follow him.

The rest of your life and in their stuff, times, and stuff like that, but I'd rather have Jesus silver and gold and it is a matter mean you believe in Jesus.

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