Don’t Hold Back the Praise!

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Jesus emphatically told the man with leprosy he healed NOT to go tell everyone what Jesus had done for him. Perhaps Jesus told him this so Jesus wouldn’t get swarmed with countless people in need just then. This is exactly what happened when the healed man went and told tons of people anyway. Why would the man go against Jesus’ command? I’m not a Bible expert nor does the text seem to explicitly say, but here is what I imagine. The man was so exceedingly excited and thankful that he couldn’t help but tell the world about Jesus! I believe he couldn’t hold back his praise!

Should we not do the same? Shouldn’t we be so excited about and thankful to the Lord that we long to tell the world about Him? And that we praise and worship Him whether we’re in a church building, at home, or walking down the street or anywhere at all? Should we not be overflowing with joy when it comes to Jesus and what He has done and is doing in our lives? And most of all how He died on the cross for us and was raised from the dead?

Let us not hold back our praise!

There are days and times, Lord, I so want to praise you! I get something I want, something works out well, I hear wonderful news, things are going my way, I feel good, the weather is beautiful, I see the fruits of my ministry, the hard stuff seems to fall away at least for an hour, yes, Lord, then I want to praise you! Other times, Father, I get consumed with myself, bogged down, weighed down, challenged, and I fall away from praising you as I should AT ALL TIMES. Surely I am not alone in this, dear Lord. Surely there are others like myself who have room for much growth when it comes to praise. Lord, remind us to praise you! Help us to praise you! Cause us to praise you! Lead us to praise you! Convict us to praise you! You are worthy of our praise 24-7 and forever! Lord, increase our praise life! Help us to be men and women of praise, oh Lord, AMEN!

“Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.” Mark 1:40-45

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