Meditation

03/14/2022

In that day you will say: ‘I will praise you, O Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In that day you will say: ‘Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known o all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.” (Isaiah 12:1-6)

God’s anger does not last forever. He turns to His faithful remnant in salvation. An immediate response to salvation is praise and trust. Praise will be the agenda on God’s day of salvation. The preceding three chapters spoke of deliverance with strong messianic implications. Isaiah provided a psalm of thanks for the people to sing when God fulfills His promises. Praise is the language of the day of the Lord.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, today we recognize the gift of praising our Lord. Abba too often we ask for Your forgiveness and “We Want It Right Now!” Help us with patience, with asking for that which is in Your will to give us, to seek Your forgiveness, even though we haven’t earned it. Every day which begins with our prayers to You is a good day, because it starts our day with the right focus, You. This we pray in Jesus’ precious name and we also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially those in Ukraine. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Our best witness to the world is how we live and love each day.”

KNOWING GOD:

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

One of the earliest evidences of music in worship is found in these verses. This 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. Rather it 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 praise Him. This is the natural response of believing individuals to God’s revelation of Himself. The world will tell you this is nonsense and a waste of time. My simple answer to them is that if my praise of God is a waste of my time, how does that affect you? What does it bother you that I spend time in prayer and praise, if it’s all worthless time spent. I don’t put down their lack of belief in God, I just give Him all my praise and thanksgiving, hoping one day they might do the same and find God in their lives. I have never brought anyone to believe in God through Christ Jesus by putting their lack of faith down, but I tell you endless numbers of stories of people that because I live out my faith in daily life, that has led people to our Father in Heaven.

I AM:

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)

In Exodus 15:1-3, God had opened the Red Sea. With water on their left and their right, they walked across to the other side on “dry land.” As they walked they sang the following song. Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my son; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. This was most certainly a moment never to forget, but then so was both times when I was handed my sons for the first time and tears of praise and thanksgiving overwhelmed me. When my one and only granddaughter was handed to me, I held her up and called to my Mother in heaven and said, “Mom this is your great granddaughter, isn’t she special.” The moment with the Spirit moves within you is always special and should bring about praise and thanksgiving, as are many other gifts we receive in life. It should be a moment to praise our God and to thank Him.

2ND 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 ever and ever. Amen!’ Then one of he 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 ever tear from their eyes.’” (Revelation 7:11-17)

This scripture addresses those who were persecuted because of their faith and yet they can still taste salvation through Jesus Christ. He died and rose again fro all. He will clothe all who come to Him in repentance and faith with the white robe of righteousness and give them the palm branch of eternal peace and rest. Tell all people that, for that is our evangelistic responsibility.

The wonderful apocalyptic vision of worshipers before the throne of God gives us a deep abiding sense of gratitude and praise. Although the worshipers are from every nation, tribe, language, and people, they are not wearing typical clothes of the various lands. Their white robes identify them as belonging to God. God desires that men, women and children from every nation belong to Him. But the contemporary churches must be faithful to the missionary vision for God’s plan to be carried out.

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