Text: Luke 10:21-24 Theme:Â God, the SonÂ bubbled out joyful praise to God, the Father from God, the Spiri–in front and because of His disciples. Key verses: “At that time, Jesus, full of joy though the Holy Spirit, said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.'” (v. 21) “Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it…'” (v. 24) What God said to me: Son, praise is so very important that my entire Triune Being harmonized to praise me. Does that sound strange or egotistical to you? Do I sound a bit conceited to need to praise myself? Look more closely at this passage. It was actually very natural for Jesus to lift up praise to his Father. And the Holy Spirit’s job is to glorify me. In fact, Jesus couldn’t help but praise because of the joy the Holy Spirit welled up inside him. It wasn’t because I needed to hear praise from my dear Son on earth, but rather, it was because I deserved praise. Furthermore, it was like a release valve for Jesus to express his reverance and thankfulness. He had just seen his precious little ones — those he had hand-picked and labored over for so long — actually “get it.” They had a tremendous breakthrough moment, and Jesus couldn’t help but be full of joy out of his love for them. The joy and praise wasn’t for any personal accomplishments that Jesus had made with those disciples. Rather, he gave credit toward heaven where he knew the ultimate credit was due. You don’t to understand all the reasons why I, in essence, praised myself. Just realize two things today that you need to apply to your daily life: First, praise is so important that Jesus himself practiced it. Second, Jesus’ praise was deliberate and outward as he praised me in front of his disciples. Jesus’ praise was a teaching tool for them, an example he clearly wanted them to follow. What I said to God: Yes, Lord, I think I somewhat grasp what You are trying to help me see. I, a mereÂ mortal human, must praise You if Your own Son did it. And my praise must be motivated by the Holy Spirit who abides in me. Jesus chose to praise you publically. I will also praise You in front of other believers and in front of the world as You give me opportunity. Thank You for speaking to me this morning. Forgive me when I allowed my thoughts to stray earlier today. May this day be completely given over to You and dedicated to Your praise and glory!
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