Celebration & Worship (9 June 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Lord God All-Powerful,
    your temple is so lovely!
 Deep in my heart I long
    for your temple,
    and with all that I am
    I sing joyful songs to you.

Lord God All-Powerful,
    my King and my God,
sparrows find a home
    near your altars;
    swallows build nests there
    to raise their young.

 You bless everyone
who lives in your house,
    and they sing your praises.
You bless all who depend
    on you for their strength
    and all who deeply desire
    to visit your temple.
When they reach Dry Valley,
    springs start flowing,
    and the autumn rain fills it
    with pools of water.
Your people grow stronger,
    and you, the God of gods,
    will be seen in Zion.

 Lord God All-Powerful,
the God of Jacob,
    please answer my prayer!
You are the shield
    that protects your people,
    and I am your chosen one.
    Won’t you smile on me?

One day in your temple
is better
    than a thousand
    anywhere else.
I would rather serve
    in your house,
    than live in the homes
    of the wicked.

Our Lord and our God,
you are like the sun
    and also like a shield.
You treat us with kindness
    and with honour,
    never denying any good thing
    to those who live right.

Lord God All-Powerful,
    you bless everyone
    who trusts you.

(Psalm 84)

Reflect:

Worship is celebrating God for who he is. This Psalm is one of the songs sung by those on their way to the Temple in Jerusalem. The Temple was of great significance as it symbolised God’s presence with his people and was believed to be the place where God dwelt. The people also celebrated on their journey to the Temple. Of course, enjoying God’s presence extends beyond a physical building. We can enjoy God wherever we are and at any time.

Respond:

Whether you are with God’s people in a church today or on your own, make today a day for celebration and worship.

Midday Meditation:

The most important thing a pastor does is stand in a pulpit every Sunday and say, 'Let us worship God.' If that ceases to be the primary thing I do in terms of my energy, my imagination, and the way I structure my life, then I no longer function as a pastor.

(Eugene H. Peterson)

 

 

Evening Reflection:

But first, you must start respecting the Sabbath as a joyful day of worship.
You must stop doing and saying whatever you please on this special day.
Then you will truly enjoy knowing the Lord.
He will let you rule from the highest mountains and bless you with the land
of your ancestor Jacob.
The Lord has spoken! 

(Isaiah 58.13-14)

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