“Sing praises to the Lord enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nation what he has done.” (Psalm9:11)
Although one can worship anywhere, worship reaches its zenith in the corporate worship of God’s people. In that worship setting we are to “proclaim among the nations.” God’s wonderful deeds of salvation. Worship and evangelism therefore go together and complement each other.
In the very midst of the worship experience, it is fitting to praise God for who He is, His steadfast love, and His grace which brought salvation to us. Out of His great love and mercy, redemption springs. Worship and praise should always move us to share that glorious reality with others. True worship and praise result in the evangelization of others.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, collectively, we lifted up praise to You alone, for no matter if we are at home or in church or even out in the world, our praises of You are always heard. Even in hard times that we are experiencing right now, it is appropriate to sing Your praises, for even now one of our brothers and sisters who may not even know You yet, could hear of You are respond to know You in their own lives. We will continue to lift You up in praises daily, as we go through these times, trusting in You alone, for an outcome of peace, cal, and know You are with us at all times. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see!”
“On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opener her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invites us to her home. ‘If you consider me a believer in the Lord,’ she said, ‘come and stay at my house.’ And she persuaded us.” (Acts 16:13-15)
As noted previously, in the very midst of a worship experience, the Lord opened Lydia’s heart to he message Paul was preaching and she responded to his message. She and members of her household were baptized, though it does not note who they are or how many there were, but it was a significant moment during the worship experience, that brought a message of evangelism and people responded to the call. Afterwards, Lydia invited Paul to come to her house, “If he considered her a believer.”
“Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. The Lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sit enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes, with the princes of their people. He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.” (Psalm113:1-9)
The symbolism in this psalm of praise for our Lord is significant and moving. It notes we are to praise our Lord now and forevermore, from the rising of the sun to its setting. It asks the question, “Who is like the Lord our God?” This question is often overlooked, yet is to important to our faith and our relationship with God. There is no one like our God, never has been, never will be. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the need from the ash heap; He seats them with princes, the princes of the people; He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Why, beloved, would we not praise our Lord? He is with us in good times and hard times, yet we are to praise him continually and equally. He is our God!
Second Thought of the Day:
“And he taught them, he said, ‘Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” (Mark11:17)
Beloved, true worship begins when we sincerely seek God. If we come to worship and are thinking of anything but worshiping God on our minds, we need to clear our minds first. Worship cannot take place, if we are distracted in any way.
That is why God’s house was known to Israel as a “house of prayer.” That principle must not be corrupted if evangelism is to be effective in the worship of God’s believers.