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Psalm 95 is a call to worship God. In the context of this call we learn several things about worship.

In the first five verses we see that rejoicing is a vital part of worship – “let us sing for joy,” “let us shout aloud,” “with thanksgiving,” “extol him with music and song” . . . The writer of this song lets us know that worship has elements of making a joyful sound before God. As I read the context it seems he is talking about the fact that worship is to be vocal, it is to be typified by energy and exuberance, and it is to be done corporately. Sing and shout! To my mind comes the exuberance that fans express at a ball game when their team has done something significant. An element of our corporate worship before God should have that kind of outward expression of joy.

Worship needs to be God-centered and not worship centered. Verses 3-5 tell us why we are getting loud in the presence of God. He is God! The one and only God. If we are not careful we can make our worship time more about how we feel than we make it a time to declare praise and honor to the Lord of all.

Verses 6-7 remind us that there is also an element of reverence in true worship. “Come, let us bow down.” The song starts with the worshiper standing in the presence of God rejoicing with joy, and then it moves to the worshiper prostrating himself in the presence of God in an attitude of awe. In the first 5 verses the object of worship is the Lord, the Sovereign creator and sustainer of all things. In verses 6-7 the object of our reverent worship is the Lord our redeemer – “we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care,”

Worship is about rejoicing. Worship is about reverence. And worship is about the right response to God in worship. Worship is not only about giving vocal praise and honor to God, it is also about listening for his voice to speak to us. (Verses 7-11) And when we hear that voice we need to respond with a heart that says yes Lord, lest we become like the children of Israel who missed obtaining the best that God had for them because of their hard hearts and unbelief.

I think of the words of Jesus in John 4 where we read the conversation he had with the woman at the well in Sychar. Jesus said the Father seeks worshipers who worship Him in Spirit and in truth. Worship is required. It is something that we are all called to do. Worship is to be perpetual. It is to be our lifestyle.

He’s worthy!


Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Wed.   Oct. 19, 2011   Daniel 5, Psalm 95, Proverbs 19, 1 Cor. 5-6

Thurs. Oct. 20, 2011   Daniel 6-7, Psalm 96, Proverbs 20, 1 Cor. 7-8

Fri.     Oct. 21, 2011   Daniel 8, Psalm 97, Prov. 21, 1 Cor. 9-10

Sat.    Oct. 22, 2011   Daniel 9-10, Psalm 98, Prov. 22, 1 Cor. 11-12

Sun.   Oct. 23, 2011   Daniel 11-12, Psalm 99, Prov. 23, 1 Cor. 13-14

Mon.  Oct. 24, 2011   Job 1-3, Psalm 100, Prov. 24, 1 Cor. 15

Tues. Oct. 25, 2011   Job 4-5, Psalm 101, Prov. 25, 1 Cor. 16

 

Proverbs has been called the book of Wisdom. Wisdom is a word that we see often in the 31 chapters. We can all enhance the quality and productivity of our lives by taking to heart the principles and axioms of life that we read in these pages. For example, today in chapter 13 we are given some wisdom that if followed could diminish the number of arguments and disagreements that we experience in our lives.

Proverbs 13:10

Pride only breeds quarrels,

but wisdom is found in those who take advice.



Had a quarrel lately? A disagreement? What was it that caused that disagreement? Most of us would say – the fact that the other person was wrong! In our pride we believe that if everyone was just like we are – if they thought like we think – then everyone would be happy and this world would be a more wonderful place. Problem is, our pride can blind us to the truth. Our pride can keep us from being able to see the situation from another point of view. Our pride can hinder us from being able to hear a matter from another perspective . . . which may be as valid as our own. In our pride we believe that there is only one right answer to the situation – and that is our answer. But God wants us to know that kind of thinking will only fuel war. Pride only breeds quarrels.


James asks the question in the 4th chapter of his epistle, “what causes fights and quarrels among you?” His answer would seem to agree with Solomon. It is our pride. That is why James quoted what Solomon said in Proverbs 3:34. James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” He goes on in verse 7 to say, “Submit yourselves then, to God.” . . . and verse 10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”


Wisdom says learn to listen. Wisdom says you may learn something new. Wisdom says let God vindicate the truth. Wisdom says let your attitude be full of grace – and that grace comes from the Lord as you commit everything to Him.


Lord, we want to humble ourselves before you again today – to heed the advice of the Apostle Paul, Philip. 2:4 (NIV)

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.


Lord, I understand that it is not about “me”; it is about You!

 


Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Thurs. Oct. 13, 2011   Jer. 51, Psalm 89:38-52, Proverbs13, 1 Thes. 1-3

Fri.      Oct. 14, 2011   Jer. 52, Psalm 90, Prov.14, 1 Thes. 4-5

Sat.     Oct. 15, 2011   Daniel 1, Psalm 91, Prov. 15, 2 Thes.

Sun.    Oct. 16, 2011   Daniel 2, Psalm 92, Prov. 16, Acts 18

Mon.   Oct. 17, 2011   Daniel 3, Psalm 93, Prov. 17, 1 Cor. 1-2

Tues.   Oct.18, 2011   Daniel 4, Psalm 94, Prov. 18, 1 Cor. 3-4

Wed.   Oct. 19, 2011   Daniel 5, Psalm 95, Prov. 19, 1 Cor. 5-6

 

Psalm 84:1-2

For the director of music. According to gittith. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.


How lovely is your dwelling place,

O Lord Almighty!

[2] My soul yearns, even faints,

for the courts of the Lord;

my heart and my flesh cry out

for the living God.



Psalm 84 is one of my favorite passages of scripture. While Psalm 84 is a song in itself, there have been several modern day worship songs that have been written using the lyrics from the verses of Psalm 84. This psalm is all about the desire to be in the presence of God. It is the description of the Israeli man making a pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem in order to worship in the presence of God. In the song the writer gives several reasons why he longs to be there and rejoices in the blessing that results from being there.

Part of my affection for this particular psalm stems from what I read in its title. This is a song that was written by the Sons of Korah. You will find the story of Korah in Numbers 16. He was part of the group of Levites appointed to serve in certain areas of worship in the tabernacle that Moses had built at the Lord’s command. However, Korah and a group of others- about 250 leaders in Israel - felt that Moses and Aaron were taking too much responsibility upon themselves and lording it over the rest of the Levites. Korah felt that he and his comrades could approach God and worship on their terms. The end result of their revolt against the leadership of Moses and Aaron was God opened the earth and swallowed up the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. 250 men died in the tabernacle as they tried to offer incense to God according to their whim instead of in obedience to the Lord. Numbers 16 tells the story of severe judgment upon men who did not properly respect the presence of the Lord.

There were descendants of Korah who survived that judgment. Not only did they survive, they learned something. It was the Sons of Korah who wrote the lyrics of this song we are reading today declaring the wonder of being in the presence of God. The writers have learned that when you come to the presence of the Lord with the right heart there is no better place on earth to. In the presence of the Lord there is safety, there is strength that replaces weakness, there is joy that replaces weeping, there is divine protection, and there is the favor of the Living God!

The good news for you and me today is we do not have to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to be in the presence of God. We can live in his presence 24/7. Jesus said that he will be with us and never leave us. The presence of the Lord is as close as our thoughts. All we need to do is turn our heart and mind toward him and we can become keenly aware of the fact that He is my sun and shield . . . He is the source of strength that I need for today . . . He is my King and my God.


Why not take a moment and click on the link below and go to YouTube and sing along


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndVRcqziKWA


Have a blessed day in His presence!


Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Thurs. Oct. 6, 2011   Jer. 39-40, Psalm 84, Prov. 6, Gal. 1-2

Fri.      Oct. 7, 2011   Jer. 41-42, Psalm 85, Prov.7, Gal.3-4

Sat.     Oct. 8, 2011   Jer. 43-44, Psalm 86, Prov. 8, Gal. 5-6

Sun.    Oct. 9, 2011   Jer. 45-47, Psalm 87, Prov. 9, Acts 16

Mon.   Oct. 10, 2011  Jer. 48, Psalm 88, Prov. 10, Phil. 1-2

Tues.  Oct.11, 2011  Jer. 49, Psalm 89:1-18, Prov. 11, Phil. 3-4

Wed.  Oct. 12, 2011   Jer. 50, Psalm 89:19-37, Prov. 12, Acts 17

 

God gave Jeremiah “the heart of a shepherd” for the nation of Judah. He had faithfully preached the Word of the Lord for years that if they did not repent God would send Babylon to judge them. That word came to pass. Jeremiah could have taken the posture, I told you so! But you wouldn’t listen . . . you got what you deserved! But in chapter 29 Jeremiah writes a letter of encouragement to the Jewish people who have been taken from their homes to Babylon. Jeremiah is concerned that they respond to what God is doing in the right way. He wants them to know that they are where they are by the hand of God . . . and that God has a time table . . . they will be there for 70 years. Jeremiah’s instructions are to make the best of it . . . build yourselves homes - build families – increase your population while there in Babylon. Pray for Babylon – that God blesses so that they too would be prosperous.



Jeremiah was greatly concerned about the fact there were men prophesying that this was a temporary exile – maybe a year or two and they would be back home in Jerusalem. It was kind of like going on a short trip and staying in a hotel . . . no need to really unpack all your bags. Jeremiah wanted them to clearly understand that was a lie. God said it was going to be seventy years, so it would be seventy years. It is in this letter that we read one of the great statements about God and his heart for his people . . . and while it is a direct word to that group of people in Babylon – it is also a word of promise that every child of God can take hold of . . .

Jeremiah 29:11-14

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. [12] Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. [13] You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. [14] I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."


The Jews of Jeremiah’s day thought they were in the worst of circumstances. They had lost everything – moved to foreign soil to become servants of another nation of people – far away from their place of worship and their homes. Yet in the midst of those circumstances God said, “I want to do something good in your lives – I really do have a plan for you – there is a purpose for all that you are going through. When all is said and done you will draw closer to me and I will bring you home in victory. . . . I am giving you hope and a future!”


You would think that the people would be encouraged by such a word – and maybe some of them were. However, there was at least one elder of the people who shot a letter back to Jerusalem telling the authorities there to put Jeremiah in stocks and neck-irons for preaching such a message. Shemaiah claimed that Jeremiah was lying – that he was teaching false doctrine. Shemaiah’s rejection of Jeremiah and the Word of the Lord cost him and his family their lives. God wanted to bless them, but their unbelief and rebellion kept them from receiving, or even seeing, the blessing of God come to pass.


To you and me today . . . we live in a very perilous day. Some of the things that we have taken for granted and as the blessing of the Lord for the past two hundred years seem to be in jeopardy today. Our economy is on shaky ground. The world scene is volatile in many places. But God is still at work in his church – wherever it is — He said I will build my church! In my opinion, that means that you and I need to take heed to Jeremiah 29:12- 14 more than ever so that Jeremiah 29:11 will be fulfilled in the circumstances of our lives. The people who enjoy the promise of the hope and a future are the people who learn to seek God with all their heart . . . regardless of circumstances . . . . it is the people who call on the name of the Lord and pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done . . . that is my prayer again today . . . how about you?

Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Fri.     Sept. 30, 2011   Jer. 28-29, Psalm 78:56-72, Proverbs 30-31, Acts 11

Sat.     Oct. 1, 2011    Jer. 30-31, Psalm 79, Prov. 1, James 1-2

Sun.    Oct. 2, 2011    Jer. 32, Psalm 80, Prov. 2, James 3-4

Mon.   Oct. 3, 2011    Jer. 33-34, Psalm 81, Prov. 3, Acts 12

Tues.  Oct. 4, 2011    Jer. 35-36, Psalm 82, Prov. 4, Acts 13-14

Wed.   Oct. 5, 2011    Jer. 37-38, Psalm 83, Prov. 5, Acts 15

Thurs. Oct. 6, 2011    Jer. 39-40, Psalm 84, Prov. 6, Gal. 1-2

 

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