Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For he Lord is he great God, the great kin above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.(Judges 2:4-5)

We should enter his presence with thanksgiving and submission. The call to worship is a vital prayer in the congregation’s worship.

God created and controls everything—-heights and depths, land, and sea. Thus He rules all, and we respond naturally in humble worship.


Precious Abba, You are our Creator and though we don’t deserve it, You love us and seek only to live in relationship with us, Your people. We love You, for the many blessings we have received and that You would want to be part of our lives. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen


Sometimes you have to believe, before you can see!


The women said to Naomi: ‘Praise be tot he Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your lie and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sins, has given him birth.’” (Ruth 4:114-15)

Naomi’s friends praised the Lord for fulfilling the law of the kinsman-redeemer. Boaz was related to Naomi through Naomi’s dead husband Elimelech and was second in line for the role of kinsman-redeemer. He obtained the right of purchase when the first in line refused. A complex set of circumstances was closely intertwined with the working of prayer. Praise is the proper response to blessings God gives our friends.


Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—-the fruit of lips that confess his name. And to not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews13:15-16)

The Old Testament required offerings and sacrifices of animals. In the New Testament a number of offerings and sacrifices are described as acceptable—-the body as a ‘living sacrifice’ (not a dead animal); a gift to a servant of God; and here, the ‘fruit of lips that confess his name’ and doing good and sharing with others. Actions in line with God’s purposes represent one form of worship and praise.

Second Thought of the Day:

Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest!’” (Mark11:910)

In Jesus, the kingdom is both present and future. God is to be praised because He blessed His people by coming into the world.

Jesus fulfilled the promises to David not be reestablishing a political rule in Jerusalem but by serving God’s people and bringing God’s kingdom near. Some interpreters look for fulfillment of the political promises at the Second Coming.

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