Tag: faith

Psalm 56

True worship is in itself an act of faith.  When we praise God for his works, we are declaring that there is a God and that this God does amazing things in our world.  When we ask God to do amazing things in our lives, we are expressing our belief in God’s power. When we thank God for his provision, we are acknowledging that we are dependent upon something much greater than ourselves.

When our faith is strong, our worship grows stronger.  When our worship is strong, our faith grows stronger.  Unfortunately, there are many enemies of faith that disrupt our confidence in God and negatively affect our worship.  One of the major enemies of faith is fear.

There is much to be afraid of in our world.  We see and hear things every day that cause us to feel vulnerable.  In fact, because we have more information about the world around us, we have more things to be afraid of.  However, if one of the enemies of faith is fear, one of the enemies of fear is remembering how God has protected us in the past.

When we can declare “in God I trust and am not afraid” we are declaring in faith that God is more powerful than anything that we can encounter.  We are saying that God has put light onto all the things of darkness and shown them to be mere distractions on our path to true worship.

Psalm 56 was written by David when he had every reason to be afraid.  He was in the hands of evil men who sought to do him harm.  And yet David’s response is to turn to the Lord and thank him in advance for the deliverance that he will experience.  The psalm is a reminder that even in our darkest times, we can still praise God.  Worshiping in faith allows us to experience God’s presence even when it would seem that all hope is lost.  Remembering that God has done miraculous things gives us faith that he can do these again if it is his will.

Reflection
Take some time to talk to God about your fears.  What is it that keeps you up at night?  What is it that you worry about?  Ask God to help you overcome those fears.  Ask God to remind you of the mighty things he has done in your life and in the lives of those around you.  As you recall these things, allow the fear that you have in your life to fall away as you remember that you serve an all-powerful God.

 

Pursuing True Worship

Psalm 65

I have always wondered what it would be like to be a major celebrity.  I cannot imagine having people crowding around you just so you can write your name on a piece of paper or a shirt.  I am sure that after a while having people take pictures with me in the grocery store would get old, but right now it seems like it would be pretty cool.

It is amazing how much our culture celebrates celebrities.  Whether they are musicians or athletes, people simply adore being in their presence.  In our most sane moments, we should see this adoration as strange and misguided.  Celebrities are, after all, human beings just like us.

While giving adoration to celebrities is misplaced, showing adoration towards God is not.   If we understand adoration as the act of paying honor and giving praise to someone or something, we can see that adoration should play a major role in our worship of our God.  As we consider what true worship looks like, the role of adoration in worship is a great place to start.

Adoration of God is a major theme in the book of Psalms.  Psalms 65 is a perfect example of a song of adoration towards our God who is full of mercy and power.  The psalm reminds us that God is our Savior, our hope, our provider, and our joy.  When we praise God for these things, we are giving him our adoration.

Adoration and praise allow us to remember and experience God’s gracious acts every time we encounter him.  When we praise him for deliverance or for healing, we are giving him adoration.  When we remember his kindness to us, we are giving him adoration.  When we recognize all that he has provided for us, we are giving him adoration.  When we consider these things, it is easy to understand why only God would be worthy or true worship and praise.

Reflection
One of the best ways to celebrate our God is to ask who God is to you.  Of course God is God, but how do you relate to him at this time in your life?  Do you see him as healer?  Then praise him for his healing.  Do you see him as provider?  Then praise him for his provision.  In whatever way you see God, take a few minutes to praise him for that.  Thank him for the work that he has done in your life and take time to be filled with awe at his wonders.

 

Pursuing True Worship