9 de Enero, 2023
DAY 21: Worship
January 29, 2023
23 Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. 24 Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. 25 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. 26 The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens! 27 Honor and majesty surround him; strength and joy fill his dwelling. 28 O nations of the world, recognize the Lord, recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. 29 Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his presence. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. 30 Let all the earth tremble before him. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. 31 Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
1 Chronicles 16:23-31 NLT
We are born with an innate need to worship. True worship flows from our love and devotion to God. Worship should be a way of life, not a temporary event or one time in the week. At all times we must be faithful worshipers of God. Because He is the only one who deserves it "Give the Lord the glory he deserves!"
True worship is a way of life that:
Recognizes the attributes of God. 1 Chronicles 16:25,27-29 and 31 NLT “25 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods... 27 Honor and majesty surround him... 28 …recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. 29 Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!... 31 … The Lord reigns!” Charles Spurgeon said, “Humbly trembling before God, confessing sin before Him, believing Him, loving Him—this is spiritual worship!” Through worship, we announce our need for God. When He becomes more, we become less. Because all too often, we can become the object of our devotion. To get before the throne of grace, we must let go of sin. Let go of our tendency to live with pride that feeds our flesh. Worship involves a change in our attitude toward God and toward ourselves.
It must be a priority. Mark 12:30 NLT "And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength." If we love God with all our heart, mind and strength, then; He is first in our attention, but more than that, life is centered on Him. Worship is where our relationship becomes personal.
It is an external expression of the heart. Our heart is an incubator that nurtures all things, including worship. Biblical wisdom tells us that the heart is deceitful. Maybe just for ourselves. Our actions prove or discredit many things we say.
Matthew 15:8 ESV “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me." The heart is the basis of everything we do or say. Hence, Jesus said Luke 6:45 "...for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." We test our hearts by what we do.
He surrenders totally to the Lord. 1 Chronicles 16:28 NLT “O nations of the world, recognize the Lord, recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.” Surrendering to God is accepting that there may be things in our lives that we don't understand and don't like, but we realize that God is in control and that God is good. All time. In this way our worship of God will not be affected by circumstances. Worshiping at all times is easier when we are totally surrendered to God. Surrendering to the Almighty is worship. Worship is less me and more Jesus. Romans 12:1 GNT "So then, my friends, because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer." True worship is shown in how we live each day when no one is looking.
That is why worship is a way of life and a reflection of our devotion to God for who He is. Being worshipers is a way of life that needs to be nurtured. Let us honor, guard and protect it constantly. True worship is the absolute submission of the heart to the One who is worshipped.
You can pretend to have admiration for any human being and you will deceive them, but God seeks the intention of our hearts, and that is why He knows those who sincerely worship Him. John 4:24 NLT says; "For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
HOW TO PRAY:
Good Father in heaven, thank you for being with us every day. Only You are worthy of receiving all my adoration and my praise. I acknowledge that You are my God and I declare my love for You. I praise you, I bless you, I give you glory and honor in the name of your beloved Son Jesus and by the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen!
APPLICATION TO LIFE:
Am I clear about the attributes of God? What attitudes can I identify that do not allow me to worship God as I should? What is one thing I can do that will lead me to worship God more today than yesterday? What practical steps can I take to help me worship God even when I'm in need?