Meditation

Meditation for 11/06/2019

“Sing for joy, O heavens for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the Lord has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.” (Isaiah 44:23)

This is a song of praise and thanksgiving to God. From the beginning this has been a significant part of worship. Worship is not a casual matter of observing like a spectator. I involves the personal activity of the worshiper. Praise is a positive, specific act of gratitude, in which the worshiper reaches out to God.

We can define worship as pure adoration in which the redeemed person meditates upon the perfection and provision of God and praises Him. This is the natural response of believing individuals to God’s revelation of Himself.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, as worshipers, this psalm expresses our belief in You in joy and praise; we desire to honor and praise You at all times and in all things. In worship, it expresses all of our feelings towards You, and in a way better than we could ever say it another way. We serve You joyously, for it was You that created us and all that we have on this earth and into the universe. Thank You, Abba, for Your love. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Jesus loves you, is this feeling mutual?”

KNOWING GOD:

“Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a loud rumbling sound—May the glory of the Lord be praised in his dwelling place!” (Ezekiel 3:12)

There is individual prayers that each of us does to recognize God’s works in and around our lives for us and for others, and then there is corporate prayers, which are prayers as an appropriate response of God’s people to His saving actions. Prayers extol God’s character and His works. It looks to past, present, and future. Such prayers may come to be written down and preserved as a means of teaching God’s people, and prayers point ultimately to participation in God’s kingdom. Prayers, then can also be seen as praise from one person or in a corporate manner; they can become a teaching tool, much like Psalms, and they can touch the heart of our God, our fellow mankind, and also our worship.

I AM:

Worship, Importance: (Hebrews 10:19-25)

The Bible admonishes us to approach God in confident worship. The reminder of the need for individual worship is followed by a call to corporate worship. Worship always involves individuals and God. It is not the experience of a spectator. Worship means personal involvement. We do not watch worship; we worship, it’s not optional, but is certainly a privilege and an honor for everyone to do so with our God. No greater privilege exists today in the church, beloved.

Second Thought of the Day:

“All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for every and ever. Amen!” Then one of the elders asked me, ‘These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?’ I answered, ‘Sir, you know.’ And he said, ‘These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, ‘they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:11-17)

All Christians are called from sin’s darkness and dominion to salvation and service Isaiah saw God as the holy Lord of the universe in a way he had never seen Him before. The result in Isaiah is what Christians feel on drawing close to God, that we are sinners and unworthy. The prophet saw that we are sinners as individuals and as congregations. When we confess our sin, God takes the initiative in cleansing us. Cleansed and forgiven, we can hear God’s missionary call. God presents the need, and the Christian with a willing heart response, “Here am I. Send me.” There is no better response than this, beloved.

True worship moves from praise for God to service for God. Martyrs are assured their suffering will be eliminated in the new world. Jesus will be the Shepherd King protecting and directing God’s faithful who “come out of the great tribulation.”

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