God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. He says “Be still and know that I am God.
I’ll never forget my first tandem jump from a plane high above Ogden, Utah. My initial thought: “What if the parachute doesn’t open”. But that didn’t last long as I began to realize there was only one thing to do – trust. Sometimes it can feel like we’re in free fall and out of control. Know that God has you. Worship Him by leaning in as He makes provision to land you safely on solid ground.
At a concert, the band plays and the crowd roars, crazy excited over a favorite song or artist, the light show and the huge sound. An orchestra finishes playing Stravinsky and the audience applauds cheering Bravissimo! God’s glory shines brightly around us day after day. His strength is unexplainable, immortal, invisible. Worship today by raising your hands in thanks over all He’s done in your life. Stand and shout “Bravo” for the King of kings!
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.
Do you know that you are a result of God’s divine creation? Do you know how special you really are; how uniquely made; how gifted? Are you aware of how much potential you have; how much you can love; what you can do; who you can touch; what a difference you can make? Worship today by thanking God for how He has made you. Then use what He has given you to change the world.
As a kid, I remember listening to family go round the Thanksgiving dinner table stating what they were thankful for. My turn, I would nervously blurt something like “MASHED POTATOES!”. “Lame!” I thought, my turn spent and I wanted to say so much more. However, God knew what I WANTED to say. Charles Spurgeon wrote, “It’s not a matter of words so much as a matter of heart”. Today, from a grateful heart, give thanks.
Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Professional musicians know that a symphonic work isn’t just a musical blueprint. Each note played selflessly, contributes to a living, breathing composition, meant to embrace the listener and honor the author from which it came. We might think of our lives in the same way; every selfless act for someone, a worship service meant to embrace them while honoring the Author of our faith. What does your worship service look like today? God’s composition waits.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Does God expect a thank you for everything? What thankful words can we find when life is overwhelmingly confusing, tragic or painful? Sometimes there are no words. But in Jeremiah 29, God does promise that He knows His plans for us; plans to prosper, not to harm but to give hope and a future. Whatever your circumstance today, try giving thanks, not necessarily for the moment, but for the greater things He has in store.
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
A good deed is its own reward is a proverb that means feeling good about acting out of kindness toward someone is return enough. Jesus went a step further though and pointed out that those who see our kindnesses can be influenced by what we do and in addition might just be changed forever. Worship fully today by letting your light shine. Make a difference for someone by doing good. And yes, small things matter.
God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
We go to work. Is that worshiping God? Yes, it can be. What about singing in church? Perhaps, although it’s a bit disturbing to think that it wouldn’t be. But the truth is that it all depends upon our hearts and where we direct our work and thoughts. If we’re not pointing our hearts heavenward then we’re just going through the motions. Worship God in spirit and in truth today by directing everything to Him.
Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors. For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
Charles Spurgeon, a well-known speaker who lived during the mid to late 19th century, had this to say; “Faith brings calm with it, and banishes the disturbers who both by day and by night murder peace.” Living life requires that we do our part. We’re responsible to harvest the fruits of our labor – but the above scripture reminds us that we needn’t worry because, even in our sleep, God provides. Rest easy in Him.
But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
The kind of worship our heavenly Father seeks isn’t subject to a location, tradition or time of day. It’s subject to a heart that’s genuine, desperately driven to reach for the Savior and proclaim truth over what He’s doing in our lives; what He’s done for us at Calvary’s cross. Even at this very moment, in the deepest part of our souls, He whispers an invitation for us to visit with Him. “Anywhere, anytime, now”.