Gratefulness, Praise/Worship

I Can’t Help Myself

For the past month, our congregation has been studying Exploring Worship by Bob Sorge.  Since beginning our study, God has continuously poured revelations into me addressing one central question—Why worship?   Of all the gods and things that I could potentially praise and worship, why worship this God?  Aside from being commanded to do so, the conclusion that I have reached is that I just can’t help myself.

Ladies, I’m sure you’ve experienced the sensation of not being able to help yourself.  You know the feeling of going through the grocery aisle and not being able to resist those cookies that you swore to cut out of your diet.  Or maybe you went to the mall and, even though you didn’t plan to, you came out with an extra dress or pair of shoes that you just couldn’t pass up.  Well, the feeling of praise and worship can be very much like that.  At times, I have found that, whether in my car, office, or among non-believers, I just can’t help myself.  As one songstress wrote: “When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all that He’s done for me, my soul cries out hallelujah!” 

When I reflect, even momentarily, on the good things that God has done, I can’t help but praise Him.  When I consider His goodness, an automatic response arises within me.  Sometimes tears begin to flow; sometimes words of adoration are expressed; sometimes hands are lifted in honor or testimony is shared in exaltation.  Either way, I can’t help but respond.  It is an overwhelming, yet intellectual, feeling that manifests itself in expression.  When my soul cries out, something within me responds to the great God that I serve. 

When I think of how He keeps providing my needs even though the finances don’t add up—I just can’t help myself!

When I think of how He delivered me from that sin that was so hard to let go—I just can’t help myself!

When I think of how He heals so much illness despite bad reports—I just can’t help myself!

When I think of how He gives me peace in the middle of life’s storm—I just can’t help myself!

When I think of how He says yes when men consistently say no—I just can’t help myself!

When I consider how He shed His blood on Calvary to cleanse me from my sin—I just can’t help myself!

So, when I’m asked “Why do I praise this God,” I must admit I JUST CAN’T HELP MYSELF!!

Dear Daddy,

“I will bless Your name at all times and Your praise will continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1 KJV).  Just the mere thought of how great You are ignites my soul in praise.  When I consider the mighty works of Your hands, I can’t help but magnify Your name.  You are such an awesome God!  Help me always to respond with an awesome praise.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to release yourself in praise.  Consider the great things that God has done in your life and witness the automatic nature of praise and worship.  Whether in your office, car, or in the comfort of your home, I EMPOWER you to fearlessly respond to God in a manner that reflects His awesome works.

An INCREDIBLE God deserves INCREDIBLE praise!

It affects men too! Continuing with our Breast Cancer Awareness Month celebration, today we would like to educate you on some men’s reality. By the end of this year, an estimated 2,140 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Of that number, about 450 will die from the disease.  Because it is generally a condition that is associated with women, men are less likely to notice abnormalties in the breast tissue and if they do notice, are often embarrassed by the findings. Similar to women, early detection is key. Encourage the men in your life to see their health care professional if they notice any lumps or changes in their breasts. Find more information about how this disease is affecting men at the American Cancer Society.  Ladies, let’s help take care of the fellas in our lives!

If you haven’t done so already, click here to enter our Breast Cancer Awareness contest for this month!

Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)

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10 thoughts on “I Can’t Help Myself”

  1. Amen Latasha!! Amen!! It took me all of 45 yrs to give my life to the Lord, but like your post says,..when I think about His goodness these past 45 yrs all I CAN do is praise Him with tears and song on my lips. I can’t help myself either and most of my family doesn’t understand why I worship they way I do but I’ll continue to praise Him EVERY chance I get. (I have officially become the chick that hauls off and screams out “JESUS” and I’m totally cool with that too! That’s just how I praise!). Thank you for your post my Sister! God bless you!!

  2. Praise God, Praise God and Praise God!!!!!!!!!!!!!Latasha, you have put me in a “when I think of” frame of mind, and I am remembering this morning the great goodness of the Lord. I know that God has been with me all of my life… through every accomplishment and every perceived failure, continuously pushing me forward and reminding me of His Love, Mercy and Patience. However, sometimes I get caught up in living and that is when I forget. Thank you, this morning for this message from Him. He is telling me to ….remember.

  3. Awesome Awesome Word! Reminds me of fire shut up in my bones!! I love this. It actually reminds me to pay attention to those internal urges to stop what I am doing and bask in worship.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. It’s definitely like fire and I firmly believe that praise is contagious (it spreads just like fire). A few weeks ago, I went to a baptism. During service I wanted so badly to stand and lift my hands in praise but no one else was expressively praising. After struggling for a few moments, I decided to praise even if I seemed out of place. I closed my eyes and lifted my hands and began to tell God how worthy He is. When I opened my eyes, several people around me had began to praise as well. I was thankful that I didn’t allow discomfort to stop me from praising a Savior so worthy of my all.

  4. Thanks for sharing ladies! No matter where we are in life or how long it takes to get there, it’s something about recognizing how great God has been (despite all our mess) that moves us into praise. When you get to that point, you can really be “that chick” that Dee describes lol. @Beverly praise God for small reminders. All it takes is a few seconds to reflect on His goodness. My Lord. He’s awesome in that way!

  5. I can’t help myself!! I gotta a praise HIM!! HE is such a mighty God!!! I have this EmpowerMoment down in my spirit and everytime i think of something God has done for me “I can’t help myself!!!” Thank you Latasha! God bless you!!!!

  6. See, I shouldve read this yesterday when I was having a pity party for myself becuase God hasnt done what I asked of Him in ONE area of my life…oh but when I think about all that He has done…I just cant help myself! Great reality check!

    “When I think of how He keeps providing my needs even though the finances don’t add up—I just can’t help myself!” <– You said something right there girl! *praise break* 🙂

  7. Praise Him! It’s easy to be temporarily distracted by what we feel we lack. But, when we consider all that He has done, His good record far outweighs our present struggles. I’m thankful that just a flashback of His goodness can transform my perspective.

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