READ: PSALM 29
Worship In its Truest Form
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
We won’t know the ultimate perfect worship this side of glory, but what does true worship mean for us? After all, we are just flawed human beings seeking to glorify our King.
Total disregard for oneself, coupled with total regard for “He” who is most precious of all, is a good place to start. Outer worship begins with an inward change. This change comes from a heart wholly devoted to God, even in the midst of pain.
In the beginning, worship was required through an outward sacrifice of an animal. It soon became an easy substitution for sin.
When Jesus arrived on the scene, ritual without love for the One sacrificed to permeated the mindset. Hearts were far from God. Then He offered up the ultimate sacrifice, Himself. Blood sacrifice was no longer required. Most turned away from the One who offered them the true way to eternal life.
Do your works manifest your heart’s desire to fully surrender to your Lord? Why do you do what you do? That is the question. Your answer determines your final destination.
Praise Prayer: Lord, may my worship begin with a heart fully devoted to You. For only then am I truly worshipping. Amen.
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Source: New Things I do Declare!
Read: Isaiah 42:8-10
New Things Do I Declare!
“Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare:
before they spring forth I tell you of them” (Isaiah 42:9).
Happy New beginnings! You may be reading this on New Year’s Day, in the middle of the year, or even in December, regardless of when, hopefully these devotions will encourage a time of new beginnings for you. So what would your new beginning look like? Would it bring new thoughts, goals, desires, and dreams? Is God included?
Have you tried to start over and failed in the past? So what? So did I and everyone else. That shouldn’t stop you. Don’t set goals you can’t keep. For instance, I am going to do my devotions everyday, and even better, I am going to do them for an hour. Oh, and then I am going to pray for every one I know. Sounds a little “undoable” doesn’t it?
Try this: Starting today, I want to love God more, know Him more, worship Him more, and serve Him more. I also want to love others more, know them more, teach them to worship Him more, and serve them more.
Make it about Him, not about you, and your life will blaze with new and exciting things for God. “New Things I do declare!” God says. If only we will follow Him, what a glorious “new beginning” it could be.
Praise Prayer: Lord, I do want to love You more, know You more, worship You more and serve You more, this is my heart’s desire. And as I permeate myself with You may I inspire the desire in others to do the same. Amen.