Choosing to Worship

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Psalms 103:1-4

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

David knew the grace and deliverance of God many times. In these 4 verses we see a fundamental truth.

Let me start out by mentioning that when we choose to rejoice, when we choose to pray no matter what circumstance, God is going to show up in a powerful way.

Rejoice no matter what!

This is sometimes the hardest thing to do is when your in the middle of something is to get your praise on. But it is very essential to keep focus on Him as He directs your steps.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ” Rejoice always; pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

When you enter His presence with praise, He enters your circumstances with power.

You have the choice to give or withhold praise.

I see David’s heart in these scriptures it was like he was telling himself…

Self, I don’t care what you feel like right now, 

I don’t care what trials I’ve been through this week,

 I don’t care what the situation I’m in right now.

 I don’t care what others might think or say about me…

As long as I’ve got breath in these lungs, I’m going to bless the Lord, and all that is within me, I’m going to bless His holy name!

We are told in Hebrews 13:15 “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

When we live a life fully surrendered to Him, I believe what may come will not be a total surprise to us. We know we are in His hands and everything is in control.

Psalms 107:1-2

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, in whom He has delivered from the hand of the enemy.”

Forget not His benefits

We bless Him because:

He’s good

He’s forgiving

He’s freed us

He’s healed us

He’s with us

He’s for us

Choose This Day to Worship

Walking In The Way of The Lord

So you want to be blessed? Walk with the Lord, fear Him and then you shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands.

Many expect that blessings cost nothing, that God just freely blesses those no matter if one walks with Him or not. Maybe because they have good morals, or that they joined a church. I could go in many different topics and areas with this post but I’m going to write what is on my heart.

let’s take a look at Psalm 119 

“Blessed are the undefiled in the way who walk in the law of the Lord.”

before we go any further, lets look closer to this one sentence.

6 characteristics of a blessed person

1. Walk undefiled in the way
2. Walk in the law of the Lord
3. Keep His testimonies
4. Seek Him with a whole heart
5. Do no iniquity
6. Walk in His ways

1. Walk Undefiled in the Way (without blemish, without spot)

Hebrews 7:26 explains “For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy; innocent, unstained, separated from sinners and exalted above the Heavens.”

Jesus was the perfect example of this statement because He knew no sin, God also expects us through Him to be holy, innocent and unstained! Only by His grace can we accomplish this.

Knowing Him is everything that the soul longs for, by being complacent we are putting a veil on our heart of who really God is and how wonderful He can be.

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Psalm 25

psalm 25Psalm 25:4,5

“Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths, lead me in thy truth, and teach me.”

The psalmist wishes to know God’s way, to be taught his path, and to be led into his truth. He cannot discern this way unless God show it; he cannot learn the path unless God teach it; and he cannot walk in God’s truth unless God lead him: and even then, unless God continue to teach, he shall never fully learn the lessons of his salvation; therefore he adds, “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me;”

What is your prayer?

In this book of Psalms we see David’s heart being laid open for God to see the desperation of of his heart, it is at these crucial times in our life that God reminds us that we ourselves do not know the way, that we cannot teach ourselves, and we surely cannot lead ourself in the Truth, for He is the way maker, the teacher and our leader in whom we must put all of our trust into.

Let us not lose our dependency on God, but allow Him to work continually in our lives to show us the way, teach us, and to lead us into the Truth.