Monday, July 28, 2014

All Creation

The redwood reaches to the heavens
Its arms lifted high praise the King

The ocean waves crash against the rocks.
Their sound is a symphony of worship

The swallow sings psalms to God
The peacock's beauty reflects the glory of the Lord

The mighty mountain feeds water to the valley
Our Father is a reservoir
He meets our every need

All creation displays the majesty of God
Let all men fear the mighty One of Israel
Let us worship the Lord on His throne

Each element of creation speaks
Of the wisdom and splendor of God

May our lives ever glorify God as well

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Benefits of Praise and Worship

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6

Praise is the language of faith. We are to praise God even when our situation looks bleak. We can praise God in the desert when no fruit can be seen on the vine. When we pray for God to move in our lives, praise carries us through the valley to the heights of the manifested blessing of the Lord.

Praise magnifies our Lord. As we sing praises to Him, we begin to see Him as bigger than our circumstances. Praise is how we express our faith.

Praise is also a weapon against the enemy. The Scripture says that praise stills the avenger (Psalm 8:2, Matthew 21:16). Praise stops the enemy. Praising God also gives us strength. Praise brings joy and the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).

Worship is an expression of adoration and love for our precious Lord. Praise lifts up Jesus and exalts Him for what He has done and what He is doing on our behalf, but we worship the Lord for who He is – for His attributes and incomparable character. We are to worship our Savior in Spirit and in truth. This means we are to be Spirit-led and Bible-based in our worship. We are also to speak the truth to the Lord – the truth of who we are and how we feel.

As we behold the Lord through worship, we are changed in His presence. 2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

Let's make it our goal to magnify the Lord through praise and worship regularly. With the Holy Spirit's help we can make praising and worshiping God a way of life. There is power in His presence to bring us joy, strength, and answers to prayer. As we praise and worship God, we draw closer to the One who made us and delivered us from oppression. As we worship and praise our Lord, we behold Him and we are changed from glory to glory. We slowly take on more of His nature. When we draw near to Him, He promises to draw near to us (James 4:8). Let's speak the language of faith. Let's praise and worship our Master – He in turn will bless us in many ways and will give us a satisfying taste of His presence.

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Letter that Jesus Might Write

At times, you have seen hardship and suffering. Painful days that sap your strength. I bore your pain. You may be experiencing disease and physical limitations. I bled for your healing. You may feel the weight of guilt and sin. You were not made to carry this burden. I laid down My life so you could experience new life.

Come to Me all who are weary. Come to Me all who long for a loving relationship that is everlasting. Call upon My name and be saved. Surrender your dreams and disappointments, surrender your life to Me. I will not abandon you. I will be the source of your strength, the fulfillment of your soul. Come and invite Me into your heart and into your life. You will never be the same. Come to Me and I will give you rest.

Yours Truly,

Jesus Christ

Friday, July 4, 2014

Like a Flag

We were chained
Bound up in our souls
We were lost
Heading out of control

You redeemed us
Through Your precious blood
Bought our freedom
Because of your great love

Like a flag held high
In the middle of my heart
I am free, I am free

Like a flag held high
In the middle of my soul
I am free, I am free

You plunged my sin
Into the depths of the sea
You've forgiven me
You've forgiven me

And to all who choose
Redemption as their song
They are forgiven
All life long

Like a flag held high
In the middle of our hearts
We are free, we are free

Like a flag held high
In the middle of our souls

We are free, we are free