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Monday, October 27, 2014

Praising God in 140 Characters or Less

I wrote a post a few days ago entitled “God Will See You Through Just Trust Him”.  Here’s a comment that I got from someone who read it:
“Great post. I surely do believe in faith (I don’t worship any God tho), but I believe in the essential good of mankind, the difference between right and wrong, treating others as you want to be treated – in words and actions, the Power of the universe in all of our lives etc… What puts me off finding out more about ‘God’ as such – is that the Bible is SO long and involved… (I’m sure this puts many people off reading it – I mean, how many people does the average person know who have actually read it cover to cover?)… is there a really good ‘summarised version of the bible??… Like a ‘Bible for Dummies’…” (emphasis mine).
Here’s another one on the same post:
“Great post Donjake... very in depth and well written - (perhaps a bit too long for my liking) I felt it could have been three seperate posts (people's attention spans are getting gradually shorter) Great work none the less... left you a comment ;)” (emphasis mine)
This started me thinking.  Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media applications cause us to present our thoughts and ideas in short sometimes cryptic phrases or
sentences. I wondered if  anybody has tried to reduce the bible to 140 character bites.   I found a website, The 140 Bible,which reduces each chapter of the New Testament to 140 characters or less.  Then there’s a book, “The Twible:  All the Chapters of the Bible in 140 Characters or Less”.  That’s all that I could find.  I guess that you can’t reduce something as profound and powerful as the Word of God, which give light and life to man to 140 character phrases, or sentences, of thoughts.  God is too Big and His Word too Powerful for that.
But then I realized that we already praise God every day in 140 characters or less.  Psalms alone has over 150 expressions of praise of 140 characters or less.  I see Tweets and Facebook and Instagram statuses everyday praising God.   Most of them are directly from His Word so I decided to compile some of them in this post.  These first ones are from Psalms only and are by no means all if them.  Maybe I'll do a series but this is for starters.
 Praise in 140 Characters or Less
1.    Psalm 7:17 (NKJV) I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
2.    Psalm 9:1 (NKJV) I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
3.    Psalm 22:22 (NKJV) I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.
4.    Psalm 30:4 (NKJV) Sing praise to the LORD, You saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
5.    Psalm 33:2 (NKJV) Praise the LORD with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
6.    Psalm 34:1 (NKJV) A Psalm of David when he pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed. I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
7.    Psalm 35:28 (NKJV) And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness And of Your praise all the day long.
8.    Psalm 44:8 (NKJV) In God we boast all day long, And praise Your name forever.
9.    Psalm 51:15 (NKJV) O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
10. Psalm 56:4 (NKJV) In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
11. Psalm 57:7 (NKJV) My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.
12. Psalm 63:3 (NKJV) Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.
13. Psalm 67:3 (NKJV) Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
14. Psalm 69:30 (NKJV) I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
15. Psalm 86:12 (NKJV) I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And I will glorify Your name forevermore.
16. Psalm 100:4 (NKJV) Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
17. Psalm 106:1 (NKJV) Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
18. Psalm 109:30 (NKJV) I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; Yes, I will praise Him among the multitude.
19. Psalm 118:21 (NKJV) I will praise You, For You have answered me, And have become my salvation.
20. Psalm 135:1 (NKJV) 1 Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD; Praise Him, O you servants of the LORD!
21. Psalm 139:14 (NKJV) I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well
22. Psalm 150:6 (NKJV) Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!
I could go on and on.  This is Psalms only but since the headline of this post includes 140 characters I must stop.

Use some of all of them in your own Tweets, Facebook status, and Instagram Posts.  If you can think other 140 character praises please leave them in the comments and let’s praise God together.