April 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”-Luke 19:40
I want to be a stone worn smooth with the presence of the Living God flowing in, out, and around my life. He bids me, ” Praise Me! In My daily presence there is abundant portions perfect for praising!” As I praise Him and abide with the Living Water, my rough edges are worn smooth and I am laying a firm foundation for the feet that follow me.
My lazy ingratitude too often robs me of the power of praising.
I sense the naked vulnerability in praising our God verbally in the presence of others. But He who formed all that is with the breath of His spoken word is worthy of praise from our first until our final breath.
As we approach Easter, may we practice the praise, adoration, and worship of our Saviour and King and waste less of the precious air in our lungs huffing and puffing over trivial and fleeting things…
Lest the rocks cry out.
I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.-Psalm 7:17
Consider this from Oswald Chambers, January 6th devotion from My Utmost for His Highest on worship.
Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard a thing for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded. God will never let you hold a spiritual thing for yourself, it has to be given back to Him that He may make it a blessing to others.
There are not three stages in spiritual life- worship, waiting and work. Some of us go in jumps like spiritual frogs, we jump from worship to waiting, and from waiting to work. God’s idea is that the three should go together. They were always together in the life of Our Lord. He was unhasting and unresting. It is a discipline, we cannot get into it all at once.
Raise the Risk Challenge:
- Practice praise and worship outside of church this week; God’s creation is a great starting place.
- Praise God out loud in front of others; it may just open the door for a spiritual conversation.
- Creatively worship God this week. You may sing a song, draw a picture, write a poem, write a check, take a walk…