John 19: 23-24
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
Ephesians 5: 18-20
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 96: 1-6
1 Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
4 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
6 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
Revelation 5: 9-14
9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign[b] on the earth.”
11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
Isaiah 6: 1-8
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train[a] of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”[b]
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
Can you believe it? We have reached the final week of our 21 days of prayer and are quickly approaching our 3 day corporate fast. (More to come on that tomorrow!) We as a body of Christ, created for His pleasure to do good works that He has prepared for us, have set out to increase our attention to the disciplines of a Christian life, so that we may intentionally pursue all that God has for us in 2019. Today, as we prepare to go into our final evening of corporate worship, let us remind ourselves of WHO it is we adore, and respond to the love that has been poured out on us . Let us make room in our day to give Him extravagant worship!
Jesus teaches us to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and will all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength (Mark 12:30), giving us divine priority to fill our lives with praise, thanksgiving, and adoration. It is from these things that all service we are called to perform in 2019 must flow. Our grave temptation we all face, especially in American culture, is to answer calls to service without ministering to the Lord himself.
Let’s grab our favorite worship songs and give ourselves permission to slow down and worship. Let go of our agendas, concerns, need to be blessed and hear from God and solely heap our affections on God. Let’s be courageous. If we do not ‘feel’ like worshiping, and especially if we are surrounded by challenging circumstances, let’s choose to offer a sacrifice of worship as a declaration of WHOM it is we trust.
Lord you are holy and worthy of all praise. We worship you with holy expectancy that your spirit will feed our mind with truth and open our hearts to your love. Heavenly Father we devote our will to your perfect purposes. Amen.