DATE POSTED Sunday, 2022-07-10
WRITTEN AT: O Brien, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Psalm 95:6-8
TRANSLATION: Amplified Bible (AMP)
BIBLE TEXT: 6 O come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker [in reverent praise and prayer]. 7 For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts and become spiritually dull….
APPLICATION: Praise God, many churches will fill up today, because of the determination of faithful followers of Jesus Christ. Some attendees will attend out of natural habit that was instilled into them from a very early age, while some might explode emotionally if they don’t enter into His gates with praise and wonder after their God-encounters and experiences of the week. However, some may not have appreciated the little attention received from the pastor last week, nor the absence of the Elders who chose not to visit their loved one in hospital during the week. While the Psalmist seem to reflect a man whose heart was constantly immersed in praises to his King, we all know that David dealt with many personal issues and challenges. However, I tend to always walk away from meditating on the Psalms with a sense of awe and worship to my maker. Perhaps this particular Psalm helps us to understand the heart of David towards the subject of, and reason for, praise, worship and prayer. As promised in my introduction, I will expand on a few aspects of this Psalm:
1). How we should worship – Bow down and kneel before the Lord, our Maker. I know, you are worried what the other attendees might say if they saw you doing this, right? But wait, did you say you were going to church to please the other attendees, or to worship your loving and almighty God? Interesting how we let our pride dictate how we worship our very designer and maker, isn’t it?
2). The reasons we worship – With thankful hearts to the God who created us, and who guides us through every circumstance of life – just like a shepherd leads his sheep. When we realize the key role that God plays in our life and how dependent we are for His goodness, mercy and guidance, we will desire to worship Him whole heartedly;
3) Who we should worship – We tend to worship the person, or thing, that means the most to us. Please allow today’s Scripture to provoke your very thoughts about who, or what, this might be, and worship it/him/her with all your heart today. I pray that your heart will be directed towards the One who created You and watches over you each day as He prepares you for your eternal home;
4). What happens when you don’t worship God – Your heart will become spiritually dull. You will then follow the ways of this world and you will attempt to depend on everything or everyone other than God. Think about where this will get you when your heart is broken; when your loved one lies helpless in a hospital bed; when you lose your job and worry about where your next dollar will come from; what happens to your loved one or yourself after this life? etc, etc.
As you meditate on these truths today, may your heart be overwhelmed by the goodness of our God, and may you yearn for more of His goodness, for I am convinced that God responds to our offer of praise and worship from a heart that is right with Him.
BLESSING(S) NOTED: Lord Jesus, thank You for being my Shepherd, my Guide and my Savior. Please speak intently to the hearts of Your children today. May they willingly seek to worship You from blessed and thankful hearts!
PRAYER: To God be the glory, great things You have done! Thank You for Your gratefulness oh God! Even as we lift up our hands in worship and adoration, may You bless and encourage each worshipper today. Speak to the hearts of those who will attend out of habit and are challenged to feel any relational reason to worship You today. Remind them that You’ve been there all along, and that they should draw near to You, even as You are as near as the very skin on their faces. Lord, we worship and honor You today. Please accept our humble worship and bless us for Your kingdom’s sake. AMEN!
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