The Lord Inhabits The Praises Of His People
And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing.
Once Judah was born, Leah 'stopped bearing', but we are not told exactly why. Four children would be reason enough, but Leah has two more as we shall see later on. She says "Now I will praise the Lord" and names the child Judah, meaning praised, from a root word meaning to give thanks and confess the name of God. The implication is that when we praise God we lay something aside, and indeed we do just that. We lay aside the focus on ourselves and become swept up in the life of our Lord. Psalm 22, verse 3 makes the process clear ...
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabits the praises of Israel. [AKJV]
The LORD inhabits [is to be found in; dwells in; abides in] the praises of His people. So not only when praising do we forget about our problems and difficulties, but The Lord joins with us in a very deep way, to make us one with Him, and if that isn't worth a "Hallelujah!" I do not know what is.
In our studies for this series of brief meditations it seems that the birthing of Jacob's children is revealed in three groups of four, and the first grouping ends with the birth of Judah. The next child to be born, Dan, begins to refine the Spiritual birth in us revealed in Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah, taking us deeper into our walk, but more of that another time. But to conclude this section, we come to 1 Peter 2:9 which says ...
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; [NKJV]
In this verse we can find all four of Jacob's children.
Praise The Lord - The Lion of the tribe of Judah!
"Come On And Celebrate" - sung by the Ave Maria Choir in Singapore.
OSWALD CHAMBERS - RUN TODAY'S RACE
Tuesday 12th May 2020
How many of us get into a panic when we are faced with physical desolation,
by death, or war, injustice, poverty or disease?
All these in all their force will never turn to panic the one who believes in
the absolute sovereignty of his Lord.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART