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Faith That The Lord Jesus Praises


From S. Lewis Johnson’s message on Matthew 8:5-13  (Healing of the Centurion’s Servant), some great thoughts concerning  praise:   the faith that the Lord Jesus praises is the faith that praises Him.

the more you praise him, the more you please him, the more he will praise the faith that praises him.  And so we must conclude that either he has an exorbitant appetite for adulation, as McLaren has said, or else in this we see the manifestation of his conscious divinity.  So the faith that praises him is the faith that pleases him.  Thomas Watson said, “Other graces make us like Christ.  Faith makes us members of Christ.”  And of course, the application of that is simply this:  if we are to come to a true faith in the Lord Jesus that saves, we must come to this faith in him that acknowledges him as the Son of God who is the Messiah and the Redeemer.  That’s the faith that unites to him.

Spurgeon, in the morning devotional for February 1, has this excellent thought also related to our praise of the Lord:

The time when Christians begin to sing in the ways of the Lord is when they first lose their burden at the foot of the Cross. Not even the songs of the angels seem so sweet as the first song of rapture which gushes from the inmost soul of the forgiven child of God. …
When the Lord first pardoned my sin, I was so joyous that I could scarce refrain from dancing. I thought on my road home from the house where I had been set at liberty, that I must tell the stones in the street the story of my deliverance. So full was my soul of joy, that I wanted to tell every snow-flake that was falling from heaven of the wondrous love of Jesus, who had blotted out the sins of one of the chief of rebels.

But it is not only at the commencement of the Christian life that believers have reason for song; as long as they live they discover cause to sing in the ways of the Lord, and their experience of his constant lovingkindness leads them to say, “I will bless the Lord at all times:  his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” See to it, brother, that thou magnifiest the Lord this day.

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