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Christian Daily Devotional (February-06-2023) Worship Him.
Scripture Reference: “Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.” - Psalms 29:2 (NLT)
We were made to worship God. I have not met many people who had a hard time grasping that we, as humans, are finite. There are hundreds of reminders every day that let us know that we have not arrived at perfection. Yet in all our finiteness there is something in us that yearns to connect to the divine. There is a part of us that wants to know that there is more than this life of human frailty and a fatalistic outlook.
We desire to know that there is a plan and a master creator behind the plan. David knew this and invites us to participate in the secret to life. David bids us to come and worship God in the splendor of His Holiness. What is so ironic is that God’s Holiness, in its purest form, is unknowable by human understanding.
God’s Holiness is the attribute that makes Him transcendent and separate from all else. His wisdom, knowledge, power, love and purity are far above our comprehension.
That is why it must be understood in worship. And so we worship; that is we come to God with a reverent honor and adoring reverence and know with our spirit what we cannot always know with our mind. God, in His love, allows us to love and adore Him, and when we do, we see that worshipping Him in His Holiness is indeed splendor. Come today and tell God how much you love Him. Let yourself adore and honor Him.
Prayer: My Lord and my God. How majestic You are. How I honor You. How I adore You. How far above my ways are Your ways. Though I cannot begin to understand the depths of who You are, I worship You today in the splendor of Your Holiness. In Jesus’ name I come and worship You, almighty God. AMEN
Bill Johnson - Watch Full Sermon - Wisdom Worships. In this full sermon, Bill Johnson shares from the Christmas story and teaches on the example of true worship that the wise men gave. Did you ever consider that they came to worship a baby? Someone, who at that point, could not give them anything in return. True worship is recognition of worth, and leads to complete abandonment to One who is worth it all. Anyone can sing a song or kneel in worship, but true worship is from the heart. Wisdom worships.
David Jeremiah (September-28-2022) Daily Devotional: Conformed Through Worship
And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. - 1 Corinthians 15:49
Recommended Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:47-49 - 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
Neuroscientists say that the brain reacts to focused thoughts in almost the same way it reacts to physical actions. That is, repeatedly imagining a perfect tennis serve or golf swing results in the same progress toward perfection as actually practicing the action itself.
The Christian’s goal of perfection is becoming conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. That’s not something we accomplish in our own strength—it is something that the Holy Spirit works in us. Yet the more we focus on Christ, the more we can cooperate with the Spirit in us, moving us to the goal of conformity to Christ. And what is the best way to focus on the Person of Christ? Worship. After all, worship is directing our love, attention, and praise to Him who is Lord of all. The more we focus on Christ in worship, the more we become like Him—conformed to His image.
Worship is not just a religious exercise; it is a spiritually transforming process of focusing on the One to whom we desire to be like—to be conformed to His image.
The more the soul is conformable to Christ, the more confident it will be of its interest in Christ. - Thomas Brooks
David Jeremiah (September-26-2022) Daily Devotional: Trading Worry for Worship.
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion! Psalm 9:10-11
Recommended Reading: Psalm 9 - PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING FOR THE LORD’S RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENTS - To the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David.
9 I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;I will tell of all Your marvelous works.2 I will be glad and rejoice in You;I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. 3 When my enemies turn back,They shall fall and perish at Your presence.4 For You have maintained my right and my cause;You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.5 You have rebuked the nations,You have destroyed the wicked;You have blotted out their name forever and ever. 6 O enemy, destructions are finished forever!And you have destroyed cities;Even their memory has perished.7 But the Lord shall endure forever;He has prepared His throne for judgment.8 He shall judge the world in righteousness,And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness. 9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed,A refuge in times of trouble.10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
Whenever we’re facing uncertain times, we’re apt to be apprehensive. That’s normal. It’s what we do with our apprehension that matters. The psalmist said that those who know the Name of the Lord will put their trust in Him, which enables us to sing praises to Him who dwells in Zion.
The more we trust God, the more naturally we’ll worship Him. When we trust Him with our problems, it enables our hearts to praise Him more freely; and when we cast our worries on Him, it expedites our worship toward Him.
So the next time worry invades your heart, say with the psalmist, “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart…. I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High” (Psalm 9:1-2). Turn your worry into worship!
Only when we understand that we were created for His glory can we turn life’s trials and toils into acts of worship. Alistair Begg
David Jeremiah (September-22-2022) Daily Devotional: Worship and Warfare
Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. - 2 Chronicles 20:22
Recommended Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:1-30 - AMMON, MOAB, AND MOUNT SEIR DEFEATED
20 It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. 2 Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). 3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. 5 Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, 6 and said: “O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? 7 Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? 8 And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, 9 ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’ 10 And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them—
Sometimes we find ourselves out of money, out of strength, out of ideas, or out of opportunities. But the Christian is never out of everything, for we always have God. And with God, we have everything. That fact alone is enough to motivate us to worship Him and wait for His answers.
That's what King Jehoshaphat of Judah did when his nation was surrounded by three neighboring nations’ armies. Judah was far outnumbered. Jehoshaphat prayed a lengthy prayer of praise, concluding with these words: “Nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You” (2 Chronicles 20:12). All they had was God, so a prophet directed the king to set out for battle, praising and worshiping the Lord as they went. And God routed the enemy armies and delivered Judah. God was all they had, and in the middle of worshiping Him, they were delivered.
If you are at the end of your resources today, if you don’t know what to do, put your eyes on God in praise and worship and wait for His deliverance.
Prayer is not merely prattle; it is warfare. - Alan Redpath
David Jeremiah (September-20-2022) Daily Devotional: Worship Now and Worship Then
Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song. Revelation 5:8-9
Recommended Reading: Revelation 5:8-10 - WORTHY IS THE LAMB
8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll,And to open its seals;For You were slain,And have redeemed us to God by Your bloodOut of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,10 And have made us kings and priests to our God;And we shall reign on the earth.”
When the apostle John saw the revelation of heaven, one theme dominated much of the vision: praise and worship. Despite the conflict and struggles on earth depicted in John’s vision, there is never any doubt about Who reigns over all. Everyone in heaven and on earth is occupied with praise that will go on forever.
In Revelation 5, John pictures three categories of beings who are seen praising God in what is perhaps the Bible’s greatest chapter of praise: the elders, representing the redeemed (verses 8-10), innumerable angels (verses 11-12), and every other created being in heaven and on earth (verse 13). Each group has their own refrain of praise extoling the One who sits on the throne and the Lamb of God. The impression is that this praise is ongoing, never-ending—the continual refrain of heaven.
If you are one of God’s redeemed children, a future of praise and worship awaits you in heaven. How better to prepare than to join in that refrain now!
Public worship will not excuse us from secret worship. - Matthew Henry
David Jeremiah (September-19-2022) Daily Devotional: Worship That Changes.
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. - Philippians 3:7
Recommended Reading: Acts 9:1-9 - THE DAMASCUS ROAD: SAUL CONVERTED
9 Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” 6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. 8 Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
Before meeting Christ, Paul could best be described as a “hit man” for the Pharisees. From Jerusalem, he traveled around the area arresting Jews who had become followers of Christ, taking them to jail (or worse—Acts 22:3-5). But all that changed when he met Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus.
As Paul and his associates traveled, a bright light from heaven caused Paul to fall to the ground (Acts 9:4). Falling to the ground is a posture in Scripture for worship (Revelation 1:17; 4:10; 5:8; 7:11; 19:10; 22:8). But Paul likely wasn’t worshiping; he was likely just shocked and scared. However, it became an image of what he would be doing for the rest of his life: bowing his knee to the Lord Jesus Christ in worship. He fell to the ground in literal fear, but he lived the rest of his life in reverential fear—that is, in worship. When he discovered the true object of worship, it changed his life.
The more we worship our Triune God, the more our life will change. If it is not your practice already, worship on your knees and see how it changes your heart.
What or whom we worship determines our behavior. - John Murray