The Journey with Ron Moore

Psalm 148:1-6  
Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the LORD, for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever—he issued a decree that will never pass away. 

The psalmist sounds the call for all God’s people. It is a call to praise. Let’s take time today to answer the call and praise the Lord. I encourage you to use this guide each day to proclaim your worship to the living God.

Praise God for causing you to see your sin and need for a Savior.
Praise God for introducing you to Jesus and allowing you to trust in Him.
Praise God for giving you His Holy Spirit to comfort, convict, and empower you.
Praise God for His Word that changes, impassions, and encourages your heart.
Praise God for the church where you find spiritual connection.
Praise God for the spiritual growth that He is allowing in your life.
Praise God for health.
Praise God for the physical challenges that He is using to grow you.
Praise God for your mother and father.
Praise God for your spouse.
Praise God for the gift of children.
Praise God for friends who love, encourage, and spur you on.
Praise God for the job He has provided.
Praise God for the roof over your head.
Praise God for the daily provision of food.
Praise God for His great creation—sun, moon, stars, and the world we live in.
Praise God for another day of life.
Praise God for His mercies that are new each morning.
Praise God for the home that awaits you in heaven.

Praise the Lord!

Father, You alone are worthy of all my praise. Help me proclaim Your greatness throughout each day of my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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The King’s Presence

Psalm 148:7-14  
Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children. Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the LORD.

Need a reason to praise the Lord? This passage gives several praise prompters.   

  • When you see the great creatures of the sea on the National Geographic channel…Praise the Lord!
  • When you stand on the beach and look out over the vast ocean…Praise the Lord!
  • When lightning cracks across the sky…Praise the Lord!
  • When rain pounds the earth…Praise the Lord!
  • When each unique snowflake falls from the clouds…Praise the Lord!
  • When the storm clouds roll…Praise the Lord!
  • When you view a grove of fruit trees and a forest of cedars…Praise the Lord!
  • When you observe wild animals with their amazing instincts…Praise the Lord!
  • When you drive by a pasture filled with cattle…Praise the Lord!
  • When you watch small creatures in their habitat…Praise the Lord!
  • When you look up to see a bird soaring in the sky…Praise the Lord!

Kings and princes, young and old, men and women…all are called to praise the absolute magnificence of the God who is above all things. Look around you! God is at work…God is always at work. Praise the Lord!

Father, don’t let me miss the opportunity to praise You. Help me open my eyes and see Your magnificence and power all around. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Twas the Day After Christmas

Psalm 149:1-5  
Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. 

Praise is not mumbled with eyes cast down; it is shouted with eyes raised up. Praise does not get bored with worn out lyrics that lose their meaning with conditioned repetition. Honoring God should be fresh and new. Rejoice in your Maker, the eternal King. 

Praise does not normally radiate from a hands-in-pockets stance; it involves bodily expression. Maybe it’s with an uplifted hand, or even two. Maybe it’s with some movement to demonstrate that you’re alive. For sure praise is accompanied by music—even loud music—with percussion and strings and horns. Rejoice in your Maker, the eternal King.

Praise is founded on a theological truth: God takes delight in YOU! He loves you so much that He sent His Son to pay the penalty for your sin. When you humble yourself before Him, He personally places a crown of victory on your head. When you know that God is on your side, you can go to bed still singing songs, rejoicing in your Maker, the eternal King.

Father, help me praise You with everything I have! Help me rejoice in You through all things. You are my Maker, my eternal King. In Jesus’ name. Amen.  

Psalm 149:6-9  
May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them—this is the glory of all his faithful people. Praise the LORD.

In the Old Testament the nation of Israel served as God’s instrument to execute judgment on her enemies. The warriors fought for God’s honor with His praise on their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands. They battled with the Lord’s power and for His honor.

Like Israel, believers today are in a battle. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, “but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). To prepare for battle we need protective gear, the full armor of God. The only offensive weapon in our cache is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). The writer to the Hebrews says that God’s Word is alive and active, “sharper than any double-edged sword.” It penetrates the soul, judging the “thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

Believers must go into each day’s battle with a tight grip on Scripture, our double-edged sword. We must read, study, and meditate on God’s Word. We must memorize it and hide it securely in our hearts. We must be those who live out the truth. No warrior would think about going into battle without the proper gear. The same goes for the believer. May the praise of God be in our mouths and the sword of the Spirit in our hands. 

Father, give me the desire to be in Your Word. Prepare me for each day’s battle by equipping me with the sword of the Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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A New Year

Psalm 150  
Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. 

The final psalm is the great hallelujah (the Hebrew word for “Praise the Lord”). It begins and ends with this one word proclamation of admiration and honor. In between the two hallelujahs are exhortations to praise God in all places, at all times, with all we have.

Let’s close this year with “Praise the Lord” on our lips. Praise Him for His work in your life over the past months. Praise Him for His “surpassing greatness.” Praise Him for His “acts of power.” Tell Him that you would have never made it through this year without Him by your side.

Begin a new year praising God with your lips and with your life. Let everyone know that you serve the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Demonstrate to all those in your world that you will honor Him with obedience, that you will stand for Him even if you have to stand alone. Praise the Lord! 

Father, You alone are worthy of all my praise. I praise You for this year and I praise You for a new year. May my life be a song of praise proclaiming my love for You, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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A Time to Reflect

“You know you make me want to shout!” That joyful refrain from the Isley Brother’s tune “Shout,” is a faint echo from an earlier time. The difference is; the older song has an infinitely more deserving object of adoration.

Today Ron Moore plays to that ancient verse and invites you to join him in jubilant singing.

It’s a visual masterpiece painted with words, by dirt-stained hands and an awe-struck heart. It’s easily the greatest of King David’s art, featuring a confident passion that resonates deep within the human soul.

And today, Ron Moore begins an intimate look at that masterpiece…the Twenty-third Psalm.

Like a vinyl record with a stuck needle, we sometimes find ourselves in a spiritual rut, repeating the same old tired refrain.

From the Twenty-third Psalm, Ron Moore shares God’s solution to get you off “stuck.” Its insight will guide you into a fresh path of righteousness.

Advent

Does your frantic holiday schedule threaten to push the true meaning of Christmas to the back shelves of your mind and heart? Would you like to recapture the wonder of the season and share it with friends and family?

You can that with Ron’s holiday guide titled: “Advent: Preparing for Christmas.” It shares devotions and activities crafted from carefully selected scripture readings. There Ron helps you rekindle the anticipation of Christ’s first coming and celebrate His joyous arrival on Christmas day.

Advent: Preparing for Christmas” will enrich your spirit this holiday season. “Advent” is yours for a gift of any amount.

RON’S SERMONS