September 1, 2021

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! (Psalm 84:1-4)

As I read (Psalm 84) this morning, I contemplated the question,” What does having genuine worship mean?” Authentic worship, I think, is seeking God with everything we have; it is addictive because it reveals and results in a life change!

So why worship? I think we worship because our heart is right. We realize that our strength for life is not our own, and we must rely on God’s strength. We all journey through the “Valley of Baca” (v. 6), the valley of weeping. We endure hardships, trials, losses, and temptations, yet God proves His faithfulness by giving us the strength to endure. We worship because God allows us to serve Him, and we are overcome by the fact that our great God would enable us to serve Him. When we worship, we proclaim that one day of fellowship with God is a thousand times better than anything else. Moreover, we worship because we are mindful of all God’s provisions and protections – “for the Lord God is a sun and shield” (v. 11) tells us. God provides restoration and protection for us while we journey through life.

Friends, are you weary and weak? Are you overwhelmed by life? Then worship God and receive the power to overcome the things that may be weighing you down. Would you pray with me?

Lord, I usually come to You with praise and thankfulness, but right now, my mind is so clouded that I cannot begin to find the words to pray. All I know is that I feel like I am drowning. I am overwhelmed.

My hope and strength need to be renewed. Refresh my mind. Give me the perspective You want me to have. Help me to see Your Hand at work in this situation. Show me how to put my trust in You so my mind can find the rest it needs.

I know that I do not have enough strength and fortitude, but You do. Your strength is made perfect in my weakness. With You, I am strong. Please make that very real to me right now.

Help me focus on what You want me to do next, keeping my eyes fixed on You instead of what is going on all around me.

Help me remember that I am a cherished child of the King of Kings. Speak peace to my mind. Calm my mind. Heal me of my weariness. Gently lead me out from under this heavy fog I feel like I am in right now. It is hard, and I need Your help.

Thank you for the mercies You make new every morning for me and help me to rejoice in You today. You are holy, righteous, gracious, and powerful. Thank You for giving me divine peace. Thank You for loving me, giving me rest, removing my weariness, and bringing strength to my mind today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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