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Meat For Men Daily Encouragement Blog

The vision for Meat for Men — UNCOMPROMISING MANHOOD blog is to encourage husbands, fathers and single men in Biblical manhood.

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DavidGoliathThe high praises of God in our mouth . . .

3. BRING HONOR TO GOD. Continuing No. 3.

Men, to save us from focusing on our own weaknesses, we must focus on God’s greatness. The words of the old hymn say it all:
Out of my bondage, sorrow, and night,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy freedom, gladness, and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of my sickness, into Thy health,
Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of my shameful failure and loss,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm,
Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress to jubilant psalm,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy blessèd will to abide,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair into raptures above,
Upward for aye on wings like a dove,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the joy and light of Thy throne,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of the depths of ruin untold,
Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

1 Samuel 17:16 states: “And the Philistine (the giant, Goliath) drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.” Twice a day, every morning and evening for 40 days, the evil giant, Goliath came to the Israeli army to demoralize, intimidate, and put fear into their hearts. Each day the Israelis put on a show of courage to try and boost their low morale by “shouting for the battle” (verse 20), but as soon as they faced the taunting from the giant they fled and “were sore afraid” (verse 24).

David, the young shepherd boy who had already been anointed to one day replace Saul as king of Israel (1 Samuel 16:13) was indignant at the arrogance and slander of this giant towards the armies of the living God. David had not been subjected to the twice a day intimidation of the giant’s propaganda.

Instead, David lived of a life of the “high praises” of God as he played and worshipped on his harp amongst the sheep. David’s faith in God was enlarged and focused to the point where no giant, no matter how powerful, could ever intimidate him. The armies of Israel were fixed on the greatness and power of Goliath. They more they looked at him and focused on their own inability, the weaker they became.

Men, this is why morning and evening Bible and prayer time are so important for our families if we want to become like David, entirely God-focused and God-identified. Every Christian family faces giants--political, financial, sickness, misbehavior, immaturity, and weakness in both ourselves and others. Instead of allowing the enemy to intimidate us morning and evening by getting our eyes off the exceeding greatness of our God, we must make time for Family Devotions every morning and evening. We will then get our hearts and eyes on the power and glory of the great God we serve. Then, like David, we will be more than a conqueror to any giant we have to face.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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HighPraises2The high praises of God in our mouth . . .

3. BRING HONOR TO GOD. It pleases God and enables us to focus on His greatness.

Men, our families are surrounded by a world that has many challenges and a media that constantly floods our homes with evil and negativity that is more than we are built to absorb. No wonder many families suffer from depression and psychological disorders. Many overdose with drugs and alcohol abuse in order to escape it all. Teenage suicide is at an all time high.

Men, we must never take our family’s spiritual, mental, and emotional health for granted. Personally, and along with our wife and children, we need to take time daily to focus our attention on the greatness of our God. This is why Family Devotions are so very important. The best antidote to darkness and depression is to make daily times for corporate family singing of hymns and worship songs. When we lift up God on our high praises, we take our focus off our own needs and burdens to the greatness of His provision and promises.

We must do this with all of our hearts, ever seeking to enter more and more in the “high praises.” As we set aside time to do this, we discover our burdens lifting, our souls set free, and joy increasing. Hallelujah!

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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SingHighPraisesThe high praises of God in our mouth will . . .


I am sure you have noticed that after praising God, with all stops pulled out and our hearts fully involved, for half and hour to an hour that we no longer entertain negativity and unbelief. The voices of negativity are more likely to influence you when you are dry, stressed, or give little time for praise and worship.

Satan's voices of unbelief and depression always seek our attention, but there is nothing like letting loose the high praise of God to silence them.


When God’s people pour forth the high praises of God from their mouths, miracles happen. Our God is indeed a miracle working God and this dead, sick world needs to see a lot more miracles.

Psalm 24 tells us that when the gates are lifted up the King of Glory comes in!

Psalm 100:4 states: “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”

Psalm 9:1, 2 states: “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.”

We must never endorse a form of Christianity that has no miracles. If we hold back the high praises we will be to blame for the lack of miracles.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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FightPrayerMen, the fight is on. Man your battle stations!

The most important foundation stone in all of Christianity is Jesus Christ Himself. Second is the praying, high praising believing families who daily seek with all their hearts to put God’s Word into action. It is a mistake to delegate all our Christian experience to what happens in our church program. The Christian faith has to be first worked out in our homes, marriages, and the daily training of our children. The church has not, in general, placed near enough importance on the home and family.

Psalm 149:7-9: “To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honor have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.”

These verses show us the importance of God’s people being involved in the judgment of wicked evil kings, rulers,  and the heathen. This is primarily accomplished through praying people and families who understand they have been given this honor.

Praying families are a great avenue for the prayers of agreement which are necessary for binding and losing. Matthew 18:18-20 states: “Verily I say unto you Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

The morning and evening altars (or whatever you call it in your home--family devotions, family prayer, or family worship) are great opportunities for daily spiritual warfare.

How can we let the powers of darkness destroy so many nations and send them to hell without our putting up a fight to stop them?

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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NeedBalanceIn Psalm 149:6 the high praises of God and the two-edged sword are connected. One cannot function without the other. A high praise worshipping church needs to also have a strong proclamation of the two-edged sword of God’s Word. Conversely, a strong proclamation of God’s Word from a church or individual needs to be balanced with the high praises of God in the mouth. Otherwise God’s people become stiff and starchy. We can sing the great hymn, “This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long” out of ritual. But is it our true testimony?

A church that is strong with the high praises of God and yet does not have a strong two-edged sword soon becomes sloppy and like a ship without a compass.

Hebrews 4:12 states: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the diving asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Revelation 2:16 says: “Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.”

Revelation 19:15 says: “Out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”

A two-edged sword cuts both ways and inflicts much more damage to the enemy. The high praises of God releases the anointing to accompany the proclamation of the the “two-edged sword” (preaching of the Word). Without the anointing, the Word can sometimes be heavy, flat, light and frothy, or the letter of the law.

Men, we must also incorporate more of the high praises of God into our Family Devotions. This livens up our family prayer times.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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