Meditation

03/21/2022

Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.” (Psalm 96:9)

God’s holiness often produces such awe in us that we tremble in adoration before Him. Certainly we should be in awe of the One who created everything, but we should never be afraid of Him, because He has made it possible for us to always be in relationship with Him. If we should fall into temptation, we merely confess our sin to Him and find His forgiveness and we are restored to Him.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, Your blessings are a clear response to our attitude of reverence, our reflection of bowing down before You and our obvious response of a servant towards the Master. Today, we also offer up prayers for thanksgiving to You Abba, for all of the blessings we have received from you and also for seeking us to be in service to you and others, that may also may come to know You. We pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

If you take care of your character, your reputation will take care of itself.”

KNOWING GOD:

Then the Israelites, all the people, went p to Bethel, and there they sat weeping before the Lord. They fasted that day until evening and presented burnt offerings and fellowship offering to the Lord.” (Judges 20:26)

An attitude of humility is absolutely required for true worship. This attitude found expression here as the people wept, fasted, and presented offerings to the Lord. True humility involves a complete yielding of oneself to the Lord. This expression often involves repentance. Weeping, fasting, and repentance is all part of the worship experience of God’s people. No evidence appears in Scripture that God ever accepts an arrogant spirit in worship. Clear enough?

I AM:

Put on sackcloth, O priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God. Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.” (Joel 1:13-14)

Often the humility required for true worship is evidenced by weeping, fasting, and repentance. Joel called upon the priests to proclaim a national ceremony of lamentation. Times of distress are times for humble community worship, crying to God for help. My personal opinion is that we need a worldwide worship and all people should cry out to God for help.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” (Acts 13:2-3)

The Antioch Church and the Jerusalem were both given to prayer. The instruction for the first missionary journey came while they were praying, just as the visions of Cornelius and Peter occurred at times of prayer. Pray allows God to speak to us. The Holy Spirit had already spoken to Paul and Barnabas. The church heard the Lord when they prayed, because they were spirit-filled and were open to hearing from God. He still speaks beloved, we just have to remain open to His message.

The early church humbly worshiped God with weeping and fasting. Out of that worship experience God sent the first official missionaries from their church, with the laying on of hands for a blessing on their work and then the following was promised: 1) The Spirit calls those who are to do the missionary work and the church lays hands on them in the form of a blessing for their work; they promise to support them with prayer, finances, and personal support. Antioch became the sending church with a vision for the world. From there, their missionaries went to Europe and throughout Asia Minor. From here, the spread of the gospel to the ends of the earth continued clear to Rome, the nerve center for reaching the ultimate purpose. Mission work can be in your community or other communities or somewhere else in the world. It is an act of faith to answer the call to mission work, but it is oh so well worth the efforts.

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