“1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalms 100:1-5 NIV
Worship – that is what is on my mind today. God is telling us (more so in this day and age) to keep our eyes on Him. Seek God first. Look up – keep focused on Jesus. About the same time I started saying it, so did many others. It’s an urgent command for those of us who know the Lord (as for those of you who do not know Him, this is a great place to start – seek Him).
While trying to stay focused and thinking on the Lord, I find myself getting lost in worship. Not as much as I would like, but I still have a day Job and a son who require some of my attention. Staying focused on God does not mean ignoring our earthly commitments, especially those of family and friends. And definitely not in replacement to sharing the gospel. Yes, it is possible to do it all – but only in Him and according to His will.
And starting from a place of worship is a great way to know the will of our Father.
” 23 Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. 24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. 25 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. 26 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. 27 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place. 28 Ascribe to the LORD, all you families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 29 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. 30 Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. 31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!” 1 Chronicles 16:23-31 NIV
I cannot help but notice how many verses and passages that worship God, also declare what He has done. Basically our testimony. We are commanded to share our testimony and one time while talking about testimonies with a friend – she talked about writing out her testimony. At the time I thought of it as a fun idea. I haven’t yet though – because the list of my sins that I was saved from is LONG and the list of what God has done is SO MUCH LONGER. I think it would be more words than I put into this Blog.
But our testimony is a critical tool. We must understand it.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” Revelation 12:11 NKJV
Our testimony – what we have experienced God do in our lives is an essential weapon of our warfare if we are to overcome.
It is also how we reach the lost. I share all the little and big things God is doing in my life and give God the praise, glory and thanks – and soon other want that to!! It’s true.
But here is something about testifying that you may not have thought of – It is a means of worship!
We praise you, God, we praise you, for your Name is near; people tell of your wonderful deeds. Psalm 75:1 NIV (Psalm of Asaph)
We worship God in testimony. Testifying what he has done is a form of worship!!! This is very important. Do not let all the little things He has done happen without sharing and praising Him. It is the beautiful worship of sweet incents, spirit and truth. It is the core of gratefulness. It is a proper response to His grace, blessings and goodness.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2 NIV
Worship transforms our minds. Worship changes us. When we have a struggle we cannot overcome – worship Him.
“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:21-24 NIV
So, as we fix our eyes upon Jesus – keep focused – all the glory of God and His goodness will cause worship. And if you are not feeling compelled to worship, that is ok – worship anyway. Let Him change you. Worship Him with your testimony and thanks giving.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29 NIV
Lord, consume us – help us to worship you and brag on your goodness. Amen
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