Day 27: January 27, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Psalm 95
1 Come, let us shout joyfully to the Lord, shout triumphantly to the rock of our salvation! 2 Let us enter His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout triumphantly to Him in song. 3 For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. 4 The depths of the earth are in His hand, and the mountain peaks are His. 5 The sea is His; He made it. His hands formed the dry land. 6 Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. 7 For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, the sheep under His care. Today, if you hear His voice: 8 Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as on that day at Massah in the wilderness 9 where your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they had seen what I did. 10 For 40 years I was disgusted with that generation; I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray; they do not know My ways.” 11 So I swore in My anger, “They will not enter My rest.”

Psalm 34:1-3
1 I will praise the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. 2 I will boast in the Lord ; the humble will hear and be glad. 3 Proclaim Yahweh’s greatness with me; let us exalt His name together.

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Everyday Worship
by Cliff Duren, Music & Worship Associate Minister, Brentwood Campus

Wait a minute. Shouldn’t the title of this devotion be “Sunday Worship” or “Praise and Worship”? That would make more sense, right? We’ve probably all said on any given Sunday, “The worship sure was good today”—or maybe the contrary! While all of these phrases are common, they have little to do with everyday worship.

David drops some heavy hints about everyday worship in the first two phrases of Psalm 34: “I will praise the Lord at all times” and then again “His praise will always be on my lips.” No matter the circumstance, David’s goal was to worship God continually—at all times. This very Psalm was written during a time of great difficulty in David’s life (see 1 Samuel 21:10-15).

One of my all-time favorite quotes is from A.W. Tozer: “What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” What an incredible truth! I’ve quoted this statement for years and it still boggles my mind as I write it. It can be overwhelming to think that the most important thing about me is summed up in my relationship with God and my thoughts of Him. Tozer’s statement begs the question: What does come to mind when we think about God?

In our attempt to be everyday worshippers, let’s take on two challenges.

First of all, as we think of God, we need to think about who He is. He is holy, righteous, loving, faithful, unchanging, powerful, just, good, merciful, full of grace, eternal, and much more. God ultimately defines all of these things. While you and I may strive to be holy, He is holy. As we attempt to love those around us, He is love. You get the idea. God defines everything a Christian longs to be.

The second challenge will hopefully be the result of the first. As we reflect on the attributes of God…as we try to grasp the fact that this all-powerful, all-loving, righteous and holy God loves us and calls us His sons and daughters…we must respond! As a believer who has been forgiven and set free from the bonds of sin, our response to who God is should always be worship.

Praxis

  • Start your day by praying, “God, please help me worship You throughout this day in my actions, words, motives, desires…in everything.”
  • We will all worship something or someone today. We are born with a desire to worship. Beware! Competition will arise, usually in the form of our jobs, habits, hobbies, and even our family. But as we start each day thinking about God and all that He is, we will quickly realize that He alone is worthy of our everyday worship.
  • God longs for us to be more than once-a-week worshippers. He’s looking for everyday worshippers. Let us all follow David’s example in the Psalm 34 and let the praise of the Lord be continually in our mouths and our minds and our hearts.

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Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.