Here We Are To Worship

Worship is our human response to God, acknowledging God’s worth and ascribing to God the glory that His name is due. As we bow down to our Creator, we recognize our relationship with our Maker. We come to the alter in awe of all God has done for us. We praise Him simply for who He is and what He has carried out in our lives. Once we were sinful wretches, spiritually blind and lost, whom God chose to shower with His grace and mercy, redeeming us into a right relationship with Himself through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Here I Am to Worship written by Tim Hughes

Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes, let me see
Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You

So here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God

And You’re altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

King of all days, oh so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above
Humbly You came to the earth You created
All for love’s sake became poor

And I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
And I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross

I do not know about you, but when I think about the Lord, I am overwhelmed by our Father’s love for us. His goodness blows me away. God is great. He is steadfast and faithful. Our God is truly an awesome God, who’s wonders never cease and who’s love never ends.

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,  in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:1-11 (ESV)

I haven’t always felt this way about God. Truth be told, it took me a long time to make my way through the door and kneel at the altar. I am grateful that through my journey, people prayed for me and God never gave up on me.

If you’re been wandering, lost and alone, know that God hasn’t given up on you either.

I’m praying for you.

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Praise the Lord

God watches over us. He leads us, He comforts us, and He cares for us. David knew this to be true. He had experienced God working on his behalf repeatedly. David is thought to have authored half to two-thirds of the Psalms found in the Good Book (the Holy Bible).

The Psalms are the longest collection of biblical poetry found in the Bible and consist of prayers, hymns, laments, and songs covering a vast range of human experience. The Psalms are often seen in the Old Testament being used in worship. The Psalms are an ancient, well-crafted book of prayer and spiritual songs.

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Genuinely praising the Lord demands a grateful heart and a humble spirit. Regardless of our present circumstance, we can look through the pages of our life story and find many beautiful things that God has done for us that give us ample cause to be grateful. In examining the sea of blessings the Lord has showered us with, we cannot help but be humbled, for He has provided for us time and time again, even in our deepest, darkest defeats and failures.

David experienced, first-hand, what it means to watch God turn our greatest defeats and failures into blessings, not only for himself but for others. Thus, God should receive all the glory for the wonderful things He has done. Therefore, our souls should cry out with praise for the Lord of Lords and King of Kings who showers us with goodness and mercy all the days of our life.

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

23 A Psalm of David.

    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

        He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

        He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness

for his name’s sake.

    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

forever.