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09/20/2022

Worship Now and Worship Then
SEPTEMBER 20, 2022

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
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 its own refrain of praise extolling 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

09/12/2022

Sing to the Lord
SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.
Psalm 100:2

Recommended Reading: Psalm 149:1
It is hard to escape the melodies and lyrics of songs on earth. The tunes and words differ according to cultural traditions, and with time new genres of songs replace previous ones. But the truth remains: Music is the universal language of joy, storytelling, lament, praise, and emotion.

Anything that is so universal says something about its divine origin. Indeed, in the Bible, all creation is pictured as singing songs of praise to God: humans, angels, and nature. It is no surprise that songs or singing is mentioned in two-thirds of the books of the Bible. For example, Ephesians 5:18-19: “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” The book of Psalms is considered to have been the hymnbook of Israel—150 poems centered around the Person of God Himself.

How big of a role does music, in praise of God, play in your life? Take advantage of all the many media options available to incorporate “spiritual songs” into your day.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.
John P. Rees

09/09/2022

The Simplicity of Song
SEPTEMBER 9, 2022

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the Lord.
Psalm 69:30-31

Recommended Reading: Psalm 69:29-33
Denzel Washington is increasingly outspoken about his faith, telling a journalist last December, “I’m a believer...I try to make sure I try to put God first in everything.” In making his latest film, he said, “I wanted to please God.”[1]

Just as a child wants to please his parents or a student her teacher, so we should please God every day in every way. One of the simplest ways is by singing to Him, praising His Name, and magnifying His Name with thanksgiving.

That’s never been easier to do. We can listen to Christian music on the radio and find classic hymns on our phones. As we learn the words and sing with sincerity, God is listening. We may not have a voice like an angel, but we have a song the angels long to sing. Whether it’s in the shower or in the car, praise the Name of God with a song.

Tell Him, “How great Thou art!”

The kind of worship that pleases God will be Christ-centered and Spirit-led. To try to worship without faith in Christ is folly; to try to worship without the power of the Holy Spirit is hollow.
Allen P. Ross

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09/20/2022

Worship Now and Worship Then
SEPTEMBER 20, 2022

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
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 its own refrain of praise extolling 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

09/12/2022

Sing to the Lord
SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.
Psalm 100:2

Recommended Reading: Psalm 149:1
It is hard to escape the melodies and lyrics of songs on earth. The tunes and words differ according to cultural traditions, and with time new genres of songs replace previous ones. But the truth remains: Music is the universal language of joy, storytelling, lament, praise, and emotion.

Anything that is so universal says something about its divine origin. Indeed, in the Bible, all creation is pictured as singing songs of praise to God: humans, angels, and nature. It is no surprise that songs or singing is mentioned in two-thirds of the books of the Bible. For example, Ephesians 5:18-19: “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” The book of Psalms is considered to have been the hymnbook of Israel—150 poems centered around the Person of God Himself.

How big of a role does music, in praise of God, play in your life? Take advantage of all the many media options available to incorporate “spiritual songs” into your day.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.
John P. Rees

09/09/2022

The Simplicity of Song
SEPTEMBER 9, 2022

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the Lord.
Psalm 69:30-31

Recommended Reading: Psalm 69:29-33
Denzel Washington is increasingly outspoken about his faith, telling a journalist last December, “I’m a believer...I try to make sure I try to put God first in everything.” In making his latest film, he said, “I wanted to please God.”[1]

Just as a child wants to please his parents or a student her teacher, so we should please God every day in every way. One of the simplest ways is by singing to Him, praising His Name, and magnifying His Name with thanksgiving.

That’s never been easier to do. We can listen to Christian music on the radio and find classic hymns on our phones. As we learn the words and sing with sincerity, God is listening. We may not have a voice like an angel, but we have a song the angels long to sing. Whether it’s in the shower or in the car, praise the Name of God with a song.

Tell Him, “How great Thou art!”

The kind of worship that pleases God will be Christ-centered and Spirit-led. To try to worship without faith in Christ is folly; to try to worship without the power of the Holy Spirit is hollow.
Allen P. Ross

09/07/2022

The Source of All Wonder
SEPTEMBER 7, 2022

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?
Psalm 8:3-4

Recommended Reading: Psalm 144:3-4
The Scottish missionary, David Livingstone, is the first-known European to view the massive waterfalls on the Zambezi River in Africa. Livingstone named the falls Victoria Falls in honor of England’s Queen Victoria. He recorded in his journal, “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”

Every human being has found themselves wondering at some aspect of life, nature, the universe, art, or their own experiences and feelings. Such wonder has a benefit: It elevates us beyond our daily existence which often focuses on the pedestrian tasks of survival. Wonder causes us to reflect upon that which is larger than ourselves—specifically, the Person of God. That was true for the psalmist who wondered at how the God who formed the universe could also be mindful of him and his needs (Psalm 8).

The next time you find yourself enthralled with wonder, let your thoughts go to the Source of all wonder: God Himself. Enjoy the moment and give thanks to Him.

The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.
G. K. Chesterton

08/30/2022

Pedal to the Metal
AUGUST 30, 2022

I trust in the Lord for protection.
Psalm 11:1, NLT

Recommended Reading: Psalm 11
A woman recently crashed a prayer meeting in North Carolina, literally! Because of another driver, she lost control of her SUV and rammed through the front door of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, plowing through the pews and stopping just short of the pulpit. The pastor said it was a miracle no one was sitting in the church because it was almost time for prayer meeting. “I was running a little bit late getting here or I would’ve been here,” he said. Had the accident happened twenty minutes later, several people would have likely died. As it happened, not even the driver was seriously injured.

Rev. Jesse Mooney Jr. said, “The Lord watched after us, he’s good to us.”[1]

Not all our escapes are so dramatic. None of us know how many times the Lord’s protecting hand has saved, guarded, defended, and watched over us. None of us know how busy the angels have been keeping us from harm and evil. In His love, God protects us, even in the midst of hardship. That keeps us from being a nervous wreck!

Romans 8:28 is very real: “All things work together for good.”
Jesse Mooney Jr.