Malachi 1:11 NKJV — For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; In every place incense shall be offered to My name, And a pure offering; For My name shall be great among the nations,” Says the LORD of hosts.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your love. Thank You for shining Your truth beyond one area of the world or one time. Thank You that You came to save the world from their sins. Thank You that we can offer the incense of praise and prayer to You all day, every day. Lord Jesus, please purify our hearts and minds that we might not sin against You. Lord, please help us to live unto You in all things, that those around us may know the truth of Your love and salvation. Lord, please open Your Word to us, help us to learn daily from it, that we might walk in Your ways, without adding or taking away from it. Lord, bring us a clear understanding of You, not filtered by our sin, not tainted by other’s, not twisted by the enemy. Please speak clearly to our hearts and minds, that we might walk in Your ways and be guided by You in all things. Lord, sometimes I struggle with fear, failure, and doubt. Sometimes I’m stubborn, bitter, and angry. Lord, in those times please help me to be obedient to Your truth. To walk in Your ways and to be self-controlled. Thank You for Your patience with me. Thank You so much for Your love. Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness, mercy, and grace. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
“The sun shall no longer be your light by day, Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory. Isaiah 60:19 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/isa.60.19.NKJV
For those who are followers of Jesus Christ, we need to remember this promise.
This world is not our permanent home.
The way things are now is not how they will always be.
Some day the world will change forever.
Revelation 6:1 NKJV — Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.”
Revelation tells of the Lamb opening the seals and the changes the world under goes.
It’s not a pretty picture, but in the middle is praise.
Revelation 7:9-10 NKJV — After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Revelation 7:11-12 NKJV — All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
What better way to remember the truth of the future which awaits than by worshipping Jesus today.
Life doesn’t always bring us hearts full of gladness, but salvation should always bring us to praise.
Let us remember the promises of God and rejoice in the salvation of Jesus Christ!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for salvation. Thank You for Your promise of eternal life with You. Lord, I can not even imagine what it will be like to be in Your presence, to never need the Sun or Moon again because You will shine continually. Lord, I can not contain my wonder at Your incredible blessing to us in the gift of salvation. Thank You for Your sacrifice. Thank You for Your promise of eternal life. Thank You for reminding me to praise You daily, practicing the joy of eternity right here in today. Thank You. Amen.
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalms 34:1 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You so much for all You have done. Thank You for all You are doing. Lord Jesus, I praise Your holy name and worship You, for You are God. Your works, Your love, Your salvation, all that You have done is amazing. Truly, You are awesome and great is Your name. There is none like You, nor will there ever be. No one deserves honor and glory but You. You alone are worthy of all praise, all honor, all worship, all adoration. Lord Jesus, I love You. I thank You for everything. May the nations rejoice and be filled with the knowledge of You. Amen.
Sing aloud to God our strength; Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob. Raise a song and strike the timbrel, The pleasant harp with the lute. Psalms 81:1-2 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for all Your wonderous ways. Lord Jesus, You are worthy of all praise, honor, and glory. To worship You is such a privilege and blessing. How great You are! Lord, may our hearts never weary of praising You. Lord, may our lives be centered upon You and our minds filled with Your Word. Lord, teach us Your Word. Let our hearts be filled with Your wisdom, Your understanding. Lord Jesus, please let our lips praise You, for Your works are wonderful. In all that we do, help us to do these things into You. To bring glory and honor to Your name. Please let us be people of praise. Thank You for Your faithfulness and unending love. Thank You for salvation! Please touch the needy, protect the innocent, return the prodigal, and save the lost. Thank You, for Your ways are perfect and Your plans are best. We love You, Jesus. Amen.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:13-15 NKJV
As I listened to a sermon about this section of scripture the pastor said something I’ve never heard before.
“What were the angels there for? They were protecting the newborn babe.”
My heart suddenly asked, “Is there protection in praising God?”
God used the shouts and sounds of trumpets to knock down the wall of Jericho.
Joshua 6:20 KJV — So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
King Jehoshaphat experienced God’s protection from the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir through praise and worship.
Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. II Chronicles 20:22 NKJV
Yes, God does use worship.
In my own life I have seen how worshipping the Lord has brought me comfort and protection.
It is not uncommon for me to experience nightmares.
I’ve learned the best way to handle waking up from a disturbing dream is to praise God.
I thank Him for His goodness.
I praise Jesus for His salvation.
I tell the Lord all the things I can think of about His wonderful attributes and worship Him.
Then I go back to sleep in peace.
The same is true for when I’m struggling with fear or pain.
I worship God by listening to music which praises His holy name.
I speak to Him about all the good He has poured out on me.
I praise Him for everything I can think of.
And He drives away fear and brings me joy in the pain.
Yes, praising God is powerful, because it brings me to a place of humility.
It turns my attention to Him and it reminds me of what is really important.
The power of praise is in the heart fully submitted to Jesus Christ.
What a beautiful thing!
To worship the One Who is so worthy of praise!
Our son-in-law recently said something so true:
“Man was never made to receive worship only to give it.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for teaching me about the joys and blessings of praise and worship. Thank You for holding me in Your hands and walking me forward into Your truths. Lord, You alone are worthy of all praise. Your name is great and Your way is perfect. “Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.”* Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
Beginning with me coughing a good deal (don’t worry it’s my asthma, nothing else).
Changes in weather can have an affect on my health and it’s turned cold here.
I’d gotten up late.
I told Anne I felt like I was moving in slow motion.
God carried me through the morning and afternoon, which I was very thankful for.
But I’d really been looking forward to just resting on the couch after dinner.
Life sometimes disappoints, due to our expectations.
That’s what I was feeling.
Of course, if I’d prayed about God’s plan for my evening, I wouldn’t have been disappointed.
So, as it became more and more evident I wasn’t going to be able to rest, I found myself falling into pity, self-pity.
A short phone call was the last straw for me.
I knew what needed to happen: time-out!
I picked up my crocheting and headed to my prayer closet.
“Lord, my attitude stinks. I’m a mess.”
Let it go.
“Lord, I don’t want to. I’m tired, I feel miserable, I just wanted to rest.”
“Lord, it’s that I’m afraid. If I push it, I’ll be worse tomorrow and I have so much that needs to be done. I’m just scared…”
Sometimes the spoiled child within needs a severe spanking, because they just keep screaming, “I don’t want to!”.
I was determined not to leave time-out until my heart was completely surrendered to Jesus.
“Lord, please help me. I’m really struggling with letting go.”
My coughing wouldn’t allow me to sing, but I knew that wasn’t required.
I found a YouTube video which always leads my heart into worship and hit play.
The spoiled child quieted.
Fear relinquished it’s hold, unable to withstand the truth of God’s goodness.
It was exactly what I needed.
Later, when my husband got home and had eaten the supper our son had cooked, he pulled out his guitar.
He played Christmas songs and we all enjoyed it so much.
Then I got on the piano and played a few Christmas songs.
Afterwards, our son got out the Christmas decorations and my husband set up the tree.
It turned out to be a wonderful evening, far better than my selfish plans of a Jane Austen movie and crocheting.
I’m so thankful to the Lord for His mercy and patience with me and my stubborn heart.
I’m so glad He showed me what was occurring inside me and took me to time-out.
I’m so very blessed, that He showed me not only the thing I was wrestling with, but also the way to let Jesus beat it.
How great and awesome is He!
How full of compassion and love and a desire for our good!
How wonderful is His unending care and tireless polishing of the heart!
Psalm 48:1 KJV — A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your patience with me. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your truth. Lord, it is embarrassing to see my sin, but so freeing to see how You walked me away from it. Please continue to guide and hone my heart. Lord, I don’t want to sin against You. Please help me to see the warning, before I end up needing to go into time-out, but I thank You for time-out. Lord, thank You for correcting me and not allowing me to continue in sin. Lord Jesus, please do not allow my poor behavior to harm my family, they don’t deserve it. Instead, please help me to speak words of apology and to turn away from future temptation. Thank You, Lord for saving me. Thank You for loving me. I love You. Amen.
Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. Psalms 2:12 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your patience. You are long-suffering and full of mercy. Your ways are good and Your paths are perfect. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your sacrifice and for Your love. Lord, today I look to You and I humbly request that You place Your hand upon my life and the lives of my loved ones. Lord, please purify our hearts and minds that we might serve You without hindrance. Lord, please purify Your people, let hearts be drawn to You and that they might put away anything which would stand in the way of serving You fully. Lord Jesus, please heal our land. Let the hearts of the people be drawn to You, to find salvation and to learn to walk with integrity. Lord, please let Your name be known throughout the world, for You are the God who sees us. Thank You for Your love. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
Psalm 28:7 KJV — The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your care. Lord, thank You for watching over us and giving us so much. Lord Jesus, thank You for guiding our lives and allowing those things we do not like to teach us. Lord, thank You for revealing those things which are hidden. Lord, thank You for loving us so much that You allow things which are hard to stretch and grow us. Lord, thank You for teaching us compassion and humility. Thank You for showing us how dependant we are upon You for all things. Lord, I love You, thank You for first loving me. Lord, I trust You, thank You for being so faithful. Lord, I worship You, thank You for being worthy of all praise and honor. May Your name be known throughout the world. Amen.
“When we walk with the Lord In the light of His Word, What a glory He sheds on our way; While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey”
These words are like a warm blanket wrapped around my heart.
My love of hymns was planted as a young child, sitting in wooden pews and singing beside my parents.
But the truth is where my heart finds comfort.
“Trust and obey, For there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey.”
As an adult, my journey has taught me to trust and obey.
Trust comes first.
Without a personal relationship with Jesus, I can’t understand what He is asking me to do.
Therefore the obedience is marred before I even begin.
But when my entire life is centered upon the salvation of the cross, I can learn His will for me.
I can obey.
“Not a burden we bear, Not a sorrow we share, But our toil He doth richly repay; Not a grief or a loss, Not a frown or a cross, But is blest if we trust and obey”
As trials or difficulties come, He uses them in my life to teach, to hone, to humble.
He shines and polishes my character through adversity.
Although it’s uncomfortable, I’m always thankful for the outcome.
Truly, He brings so much treasure from these things.
“Then in fellowship sweet We will sit at His feet, Or we’ll walk by His side in the way; What He says we will do; Where He sends, we will go, Never fear, only trust and obey.”
It’s so true.
The more I trust Him,
the more I walk in obedience to His will,
the more I find myself at His footstool or in His Word or walking forward in His truth.
It’s a beautiful, vibrant, inspiring thing to trust and obey.
2 Samuel 22:3 NKJV — The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence.
Psalm 62:8 NKJV — Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah
Hebrews 5:9 NKJV — And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for truth. Thank You for this beautiful old hymn. Lord Jesus, no matter what happens today, tomorrow, or next year I trust You. Thank You for walking with me each and every day. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for salvation. Lord, thank You for guiding, directing, and providing. Jesus, there is no friend like You. What a blessing it is to walk with You in all things. May those who call upon Your name find comfort and encouragement. May Your name be glorified throughout the whole Earth. Amen.
As I focus on praise, worship, and prayer today it seemed fitting to share part of a hymn written by Peter Scholtes.
“We are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord. We are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord. And we pray that all unity may one day be restored. And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”
This hymn is precious to my heart.
The first time I was touched by it was as a young adult, sitting in church.
During the offering a music video with this song was played.
Tears streamed down my face and my heart hurt so deeply.
Because although I knew many Christians, it wasn’t our love for one another which we were known for.
I remember telling God I wanted to be the kind of Christian who was known by God’s love.
We purchased a Jars of Clay CD which contains the same song.
My children have grown up listening to it.
Anne’s favorite song is this same hymn, preformed by King and Country.
Our family will be listening to this and other hymns this morning.
I will be praising the Lord.
From what I can find, Jason Upton added these lines to the original hymn.
“All praise to the Father from whom all things come, And all praise to Christ Jesus, His only son. And all praise to the Spirit, Who makes all things one.”
“And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”
1 Chronicles 29:13 KJV — Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
Psalm 30:12 KJV — To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for beautiful songs and hymns and spiritual songs that we can sing unto You. Lord, if my breath is taken and I can’t sing, may my heart praise You even more. Lord Jesus, please continue to bring us to a place of prayer and praise, that our hearts might find all we seek in You. How great and wonderful You truly are! What a privilege and honor it is to praise Your holy name! What joy there is in my soul safely in Your hands. Jesus, I lift up those who are hurting, sick, lost, fearful, and in need, please let them each find comfort and security in You. Open their eyes, unstop their ears, and soften their hearts, that they might find joy, peace, and true love in Your salvation. Please heal our land. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.