September 21, 2021

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100)
As I read (Psalm 100) this morning, my mind wandered into the image of one day God’s people coming to church, but before entering the building, they were already shouting, singing, and praising God. Can you imagine this all before the choir sings one note, before one person giving testimony, or before one person being baptized? One question came to mind before the image left my mind, ‘How could anyone explain that awesome expression of praise?’ There is one explanation, the people could not contain their praise in public because of Who they had encountered in private.
Friends, worship, and service daily to God can become dull if we neglect our (daily) time alone with Him. Our God is full of joy. When we are full of God, we become full of joy too, and it cannot be contained during any day of the week. I believe the key to joyful expressions of public worship comes from our (regular) private meetings with our Lord. Would you pray with me?
Father, I come to You with quiet awe and humble adoration. Your loving and watchful care surrounds me. I have nothing to fear and no need to worry because You are with me. You go before me on the paths You have prepared for me, and You follow me and protect me from behind. By Your grace, I have everything I need to live this day without the baggage of yesterday or the burdens of tomorrow.
Father, You created me for this time and place. Please use me for Your glory that everything I do and say might be a testimony of who You are and that I belong to You. By Your grace and with Your help, may my life be an act of praise and worship to You! I ask this in Your Precious and Holy Name, Amen.

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


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