Worthy of Worship?

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“…the whole earth is full of His glory.”

What do you hold dearest in this life? Is it an object? A person? A relationship? A job? Whatever it is, is it worth your worship? For whatever your dearest possession, that is what owns your heart.

“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come…Thou art worthy , O Lord, to receive glory, and honour and power…” Revelation 5:8b, 11a

What Offering Do You Bring?

“Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation, from day to day…Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.” Ps. 96:2,8.blogpraise-1154566__340

I want to purpose a thought here. First we are told to show the Lord’s salvation for this blesses His name. Then in verse 8, we are to bring an offering into his courts thereby bringing glory to his name. Let’s think a moment about where His courts are located.

We, His children by faith, are His temple. Would His courts not be the world as we bear His kingdom among us? Where we are there are His courts?  If so, then let us bring Him glory by bringing His offering into the world. It begins with a song but is so much more.

“Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation, from day to day..Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase… Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself… Which now…was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise… Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.” (Prov. 3:9; Matt. 22:39;Luke 10:36,37; Heb. 12:12,13).

“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts…Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in…Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me… For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not…This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” (Matt. 25:34-36.40; 2Cor. 8:12; John 15:12).

If we would bring the offering of love given to us and give it to others in the name of the Lord, what a different world we would live in. Let’s “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name.” How is the Lord using you to bear His glory and bless His name?

 

The Eternal Chorus

“And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, GREAT AND MARVELLOUS ARE THY WORKS, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, JUST AND TRUE ARE THY WAYS, THOU KING OF SAINTS. WHO SHALL NOT FEAR THEE, O LORD, AND GLORIFY THY NAME? FOR THOU ONLY ART HOLY: FOR ALL NATIONS SHALL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE THEE; for thy judgments are made manifest.” Rev. 15:3,4.IMG_4275

Those singing the Lamb’s song sing of the victory His good over Satan’s evil. The Lamb’s blood rendered powerless the power of sin and its orchestrator, Satan.  The final chorus assures us of one more victory and the celebration party to follow.

“…Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty…The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death…So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ…1Cor. 15:26,54-57.

Here lies death:

“And I saw the dead, small and great stand before God…And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (From Rev. 20:11-15).

“He that hath an ear,  let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches: He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” Rev. 2:11.

Let the celebration begin!

“…all nations shall come and worship before Thee…Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.  And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising… and the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee…Therefore thy gates shall be open continually…that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted…( Isa. 60:1-3; 10-12.).

Looking at current events this appears an impossibility. But Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God revealed to John something different for Israel’s future.

“And…one of the seven angels …talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife…And the city had no need of the sun, neither the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.” Rev. 21:9, 23-26.

A favorite song in our little country church provides a shadow of things to come: “What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see. When I look upon His face, the one who saved my by His grace.”

Sin is defeated. Death is cast into the lake of fire along with Satan. By the blood of the Lamb we are released from the power of each one and one day from the very presence of each. These truths provide peace, joy and strength for today and a sure hope for the future of every believer.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ… Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear Him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”( Eph. 1:3; Rev. 19:5,6).

Let’s celebrate the blessings of the Lamb in the final chorus for all eternity, but let’s begin now with the Lamb’s song of victory.

What is your favorite song of praise?  Won’t you offer it to the Lord, today and may your weekend be blessed with the beauty of the Lord.

 

Are You Among the Blessed?

It’s rainy here in So. Illinois and supposed to rain all week. But every day is a beautiful day if you are among the blessed of the Lord. So, join me in starting the week out right recognizing your blessed state in Christ.DSCF0337

“Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.” Ps.65:4.

“Blessed is the man whom thou choosest…Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love;” Eph. 1:3,4.

“…and causest to approach unto thee…Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Rom. 5:1,2.

“…that we may dwell in thy courts…Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” Ps. 92:13-15.

“…we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple…And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not…Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Isa. 58:11; Matt. 5:6).

  • What are the blessings of the chosen?
  • Are you among the blessed?
  • What makes you blessed, or not?
  • Finally, in the comments, would you share what you believe it means to be blessed?

Father, thank you for those you bring here today. May each know the blessedness of being your child and walk in your blessing throughout this week as we walk in your Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope Lifts the Head

Faith delivers hope. Glad is the heart filled with hope. “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.” Ps. 16:9. There is rest in the hope of eternal life in Christ Jesus. The heart filled with hope worships the King who reigns.

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“ Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul…Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name… And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.” (Ps. 103:1; Ps. 107:22.)

“While I live will I praise the LORD; I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being… Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. My soul shall be satisfied…and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips” Ps. 63:3-5.

“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help…The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect…There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength…His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.”( Ps 33:10, 16-17; Ps. 146:4.)

“Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God…The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance….Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; to deliver their soul from death…he is our help and our shield…our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.” Ps. 33:11-12,18-22.

“…the LORD his God…made heaven, and earth…keepeth truth for ever…executeth judgment for the oppressed…giveth food to the hungry…looseth the prisoners…openeth the eyes of the blind…raiseth them that are bowed down..loveth the righteous…preserveth the strangers…relieveth the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.” Ps. 146:6-9.

The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations…Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory…For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods… And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” (Ps. 24:10; Ps. 95:3;Rev. 19:6.)

“…Praise ye the LORD…Praise ye the LORD, Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints…Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” (Ps. 149:1; Ps. 150:6.)

Children of the kingdom, don’t lose hope for, “…there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars…distress of nations…Men’s hearts failing them for fear…the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:25-28.

Our Heavenly Father, may your message of hope sound as the trumpet across the earth, penetrating the hearts of your children and opening hearts blind to the truth. May all blessing, glory and honor be given to you. Amen.

 

(The bold scriptures are from Psalm 146.)

 

Why Rejoice?

 “The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice…” So begins Psalm 97. This theme flows throughout the Psalms and calls the people of the earth to rejoice.  As He has reigned, He is reigning and will reign forever. And we find in this Psalm more to fill our hearts  with the joy of the Lord until it flows through our veins, filling our lives and drawing others to this fountain of rejoicing.DSCF1514

“The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice… O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth…sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth…God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness… I Nebuchadnezzar … praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation…and none can stay his hand or say…What doest thou…the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment… And I heard…the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” (Ps. 47:1,2,6-8; Dan. 4:34,35,37;Rev. 19:6).

He is triumphant, awesome, King over all the earth reigning in holiness and truth. He is all-powerful and His word will not fail. Because He is our King, we who have received his abundant grace and gift of righteousness, “…shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ,” now. And in the future He will make us, “…unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth…and his servants shall serve him…and they shall reign for ever and ever.” (Rom. 5:17; Rev. 5:10; 22:3,5).

 “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked…Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” Ps. 97:10,12.

“The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved…Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy…Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.”(from Ps. 99).

Praying our hearts be filled with  joy and rejoicing as we meditate on the Lord who reigns forever,our awesome God, whom we worship and exalt in the beauty of holiness.

“And again I say Rejoice!”

 

Gifting the King

bloggratitude-1201944_960_720“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1Cor. 6:20.

“For ye are bought with a price… we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins… ye know that ye were…redeemed…with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish, and without spot…Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing… Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.” (Col.1:14; 1Pet. 1:18,19; Rev. 5:12;1Cor. 7:23).

We are bought with a price because of the glory, abundant riches, of the King’s mercy, grace, goodness and love. Now, He calls on His redeemed to gift Him with glory. Here is the mystery: How can humans give glory to the One who is full of glory?

“…therefore glorify God in your body…our Savior Jesus Christ…gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works… by the mercies of God…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service… According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain… Ye…are…an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ…ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light…whereas…by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God…even so yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. (Titus 2:13b,14; Rom. 12:1; Phil. 1:20,21; 1Pet. 2:5,9,12;Rom. 6:19c).

“…and in your spirit…there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding… true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth… worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh…count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord… Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters… Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.( Job 32:8; John 4:23b,24; Phil. 3:3,8; Rev. 14:7;Ps. 107:21,22).

“…which are Gods…your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own…For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s… The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” (1Cor. 6:19 Rom. 14:7,8;;Rom. 8:16).

 The believer’s life in Christ is the glory we gift to the King. The testimony of Christ seen in the character and work of His own gives weight to the truth of who He is. He doesn’t need our testimony, for He is who He is, but He has called on us to show His light to a world in darkness. He has given us the privilege to magnify Him with the sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, declaring His works with rejoicing. As we bear His name, we give weight or glory to the truth of who He is.

King of Glory, may we today and always bring you glory.

If you have a minute, take this opportunity to reread the post and find ways to glorify the King. How might you give Him glory in this day?

King of Glory, The Sequel

blogcrown-2661334__340Yesterday the challenge to be among, “…the generation of them that seek him…” went out. Consider today, if you are among those who seek the King of Glory, what you will find?  The Hebrew word, kabod, used for glory, also carries the meaning of weight, honor, esteem, majesty, abundance, wealth. Society’s hunger for abundance and wealth caused me to look at King of Glory as the King of Abundance. Abundance of what, you ask?

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Ps. 136:1.

“…for he is good…” Good is also translated kindness.Or despises thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance…O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ JesusPraise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared…according to his mercy he saved us…which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour…being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according  to the hope of eternal life…The voice of joy…shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever…” (Rom. 2:4; 1Chron. 16;34; Eph. 2:7; Ps. 106:1; Titus 3:4-7; Jere. 33;11).

The abundant goodness of God reveals His character in the kindness of His actions toward us and is an extension of His rich mercy.

“…for his mercy endureth for ever…”  

“Who remembered us in our low estate…Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE…NONE THAT DOETH GOOD…THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES…For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”(Ps. 136:23; Rom. 3:9-23).

“…And hath redeemed us from our enemies…”…ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things…from your vain conversation…But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot…Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” (1Pet. 1:18-21).

“…Who giveth food to all flesh…” “The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand and satisfies the desire of every living thing…The LORD is nigh unto … all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them…for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.(Ps. 145:15-19; Matt. 6:32, 33).

And when you find your self caught in a web of sorrow and trials, when temptation questions the truth of the King of Abundant Goodness and Mercy asking, “Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Answer as Asaph did in Psalm 77. “…This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will mediate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary. who is so great a God as our God? Thou art the God that doest wonders…” Ps. 77: 8-14.

“O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.  Give thanks to the King of abundant goodness and mercy…He endures forever and “…takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.” Ps.147:11.  He, “…is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Eph. 3:20. Seek the King of Glory. He will be found.

Again I say…

blogpraise-1154566__340“Rejoice in the Lord…” Phil. 4:4. “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” Ps. 69:30

“And Mary said, my soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.” Lu. 1:46,47.

“And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” Isa. 25:9.

They waited and He came. Rejoice for our salvation has come. Rejoice for as He has come, He will come.

Jesus said: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3.

“And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:10,11.

“He(Jesus) which testifieth these things saith, Surely, I come quickly.” Rev. 22:20.

“…and again I say, Rejoice.” “…rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” Lu. 10:20b.

May you rejoice in Christ today and always, remembering your redemption draws near. May you and yours rejoice with the great joy in the Lord’s increase as you plant and water the seed of the gospel in your hearts and the hearts of others. Amen.