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 I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord because He has dealt bountifully with me.
Throughout the Bible, there are amazing examples of those who made it a point to praise God, even in the face of adversity. Daniel prayed. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood firm in a fiery furnace. Job, after losing everything, fell to his knees and worshipped. You might be facing some really tough things today. Don’t let them have the upper hand in your life. Worship the King of kings and there you’ll find great blessing.
“Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.”
The famous actor, Anthony Hopkins, once explained, “If we have the vision to do something, then the moving parts to make it a reality have already been set in motion. We simply need to catch up.” Surely God knows what you see. Worship today by asking Him to truly align your heart with His. Believe that He’s already put the moving parts in motion for the vision He’s given you. Now, without hesitation, catch up!
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
Most of Nashville’s studios and publishing houses are passed by without notice, operating in what appear to be homes, tucked away, hidden from view. However, behind the scenes are the moving parts that help change the world one song at a time. It can often seem like the good we do for others goes unnoticed. But take heart. God is behind the scenes using your good to change the world one act at a time.
11 Then they said to Moses, “Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.
Did you ever think “If I could just go back, yesterday was better.” The Israelites thought so as God took them from Egypt by way of the wilderness. This route made no sense to them. They couldn’t see that it was the one which, ultimately, would lead to their freedom. Sometimes, our journeys can be unimaginably arduous. Worship today by standing strong and staying the course. God is leading you to a much better tomorrow.
Bob sat across the table from me, his newspaper covering all but the top of his forehead. He read aloud. “Full-time worship leader wanted.” His eye caught mine. “You can do that”, he said, and I believed him. That was the day my ministry career began. What we say matters. Worship by using your words to encourage. Ask God for eloquence in speech. With Just one phrase you could make a profound difference for someone.
“Now glory be to God, who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”
Perhaps God has placed a dream on your heart. Apprehensive, even doubtful, you go for it. You stretch yourself beyond what you thought you were ever capable of. You lift more than you’ve ever lifted, only to fall short, stopped quickly in your tracks, dream unfulfilled. Remember the greatest good can often be met with the greatest adversity. Worship today by getting back up. Step out in faith. Trust God for details and go again.
Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.
I was eleven. Uncle Tim and I stood in the church hall as the last of the Sunday school kids took their seats. “Say, nephew”, he said. “When will you sing that song for us?” “Someday,” I replied. He smiled. “You know, someday never comes. How about now?” Realizing he was right, I sang the song. It’s true. “Someday” never comes. Worship today by seizing this time, this moment. and make a difference for Jesus.
My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and make music.
Sitting with a young composition student, I help him find his way as he places note after note, phrase after phrase, on the staff. He asks a question, I make a suggestion. He responds. I’m reminded: our lives are like compositions formed by choices we make, how we react to what happens around us, and our response to God as He gently nudges us to move forward or rethink. Pen ready? Make today’s composition amazing.
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.
The Colorado Rockies boast 53 peaks exceeding 14,000 feet. My wife and I have had the privilege of climbing a few. Staying focused on the goal has been vital to reaching each summit along with carefully choosing our steps. But more important than these; rest. Life can be very much like climbing a mountain. Worship today by staying focused on your goal and choosing your steps wisely. But above all, remember to rest in Jesus.