DATE WRITTEN: Saturday, 2020-03-11
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Psalm 100:3-5
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)
BIBLE TEXT: 3 …. We have the privilege of worshiping the Lord our God.
For he is our Creator and we belong to him.
We are the people of his pleasure.[a]
4 You can pass through his open gates with the password of praise.
Come right into his presence with thanksgiving.
Come bring your thank offering to him
and affectionately bless his beautiful name!
5 For the Lord is always good and ready to receive you.
He’s so loving that it will amaze you—
so kind that it will astound you!
And he is famous for his faithfulness toward all.
Everyone knows our God can be trusted,
for he keeps his promises to every generation!
OBSERVATION: To reflect on the Easter weekend, is like reflecting on the Thanksgiving weekend, because we are reminded of all that our Lord did for us on Calvary, and we suddenly become very thankful. However, in our time of meditation today, let us ponder the words of the Psalmist and be reminded of †he great God that we serve. Notice the words that I bolded – He is famous for His faithfulness! Friends, be thinking about how you will worship Him and lIft up praises to Him – without the physical church and the leadership of your pastor!
APPLICATION: Although it probably goes without saying, we are living in the very dismal days of Covid 19, where it is challenging to view the news or talk to friends, without the sad and challenging news of those impacted by this dreaded virus, for which a true cure is still pending. In spite of this, we are hearing of some positive results arising from times together as a family, and the opportunities for friends and loved ones to look full into the eyes of God almighty, and commune with Him. In our Scripture today, we are being challenged by a great encourager of ‘Praise’, as David was instrumental throughout the book of Psalms in teaching us to worship, and to praise God in all aspects of life. Unfortunately, I believe that for many of us, we have been challenged to get our families together and have our own worship service, without the pastor being present and hearing him preach. I believe that these are real times of reflection. First of all, reflection on what a Christian truly is. It’s not just one that does good for others, although most Christian will do that from a sense of imitating Jesus. It’s not just a regular church attendee, although most Christian thrive from obeying God’s Word to gather together as fellow believers and grow from the experiences of each other, and they also want to be together in one place with those of like faith and practice. Secondly, let us consider what causes us to consider ourselves a ‘Christian’ at all. The moment we surrendered our heart and life to the lordship of Jesus Christ, we were filled with His Holy Spirit, and became known as Christ followers, or as Christians. This consisted of a personal conversation between us and God. Seeing that this was a ‘personal’ decision or relationship means that our Christian lives should be one that consists of personal conversations with God, personal praises to God for His goodness, personal pleas to God for His mercy in our life situations. Praising God That the church, becomes the icing on the cake, for it gives us support in magnifying Jesus together with others of like faith. It’s a time that culminates a week of personal praises to our King, our Creator, Our Master and our Lord. Without our personal times of prayer, Bible Reading and communion with God, what is there to celebrate when we join hearts and hands at Church? Remember, we can be led in worship, and we can be encouraged in worship at church, but real worship is what we do personally between us and our God. So when you question what you should do while the church doors are closed, please let me quickly suggest to you that you get with your Maker in one of the ways mentioned above, and praise Him, thank Him, worship Him, petition Him, and celebrate Him for preparing an eternal home for you that could be occupied at any time now! He’s your God – worship Him and give thanks to Him more intense than you ever thought possible, dear friends! On that great day when you are called home to glory, God will Have no need to see your pastor on whether to let you into His kingdom, He will either know you as a Son or Daughter, or He won’t know you at all. Only You can make that choice, and I pray that you will do that today, if you have never received Jesus into your heart.
PRAYER: Precious Lord, thank You For creating us in Your image. Thank You for providing the means for us to overcome the ills of this world and to come into the very presence of a holy God as one washed in the sacred blood of Jesus Christ, meaning that You will see us as one without sin. In the mind of the unbeliever, this seems impossible and inconceivable. In the heart and mind of the believer, we can rejoice and be forever thankful that ‘You are famous for Your faithfulness’, as shared by the Psalmist today. Thank God You are faithful to fulfill all that You have promised us in Your Word. May those who know You truly praise Your holy name this weekend for the occasion that we celebrate – our risen Lord! For those who have yet to decide their own fate, please show them Jesus once again this weekend, oh God. May our friends, family and loved ones come out of this weekend knowing without a shadow of doubt, that should our world be shut down again, and should it be because of Your decision to finally take Your bride home to glory, that they all will be fully washed in the blood of Jesus, and ready for their exit from this world. Thank You for Your faithfulness dear Lord, and thank You for the hope of Your soon return to take us home with You! Come soon dear Lord! AMEN!
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