Sabbath Celebration (26 July 2020)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

Shout praises to the Lord! Praise God in his temple. Praise him in heaven, his mighty fortress. Praise our God! His deeds are wonderful, too marvellous to describe. Praise God with trumpets and all kinds of harps. Praise him with tambourines and dancing, with stringed instruments and woodwinds. Praise God with cymbals, with clashing cymbals. Let every living creature praise the Lord. Shout praises to the Lord!

(Psalm 150)

Reflect:

This is the grand climax and finale to the book of Psalms – one which calls us to praise and celebration with shouts and all kinds of instruments. This is heart- bursting, foot-stomping, hand-clapping, and unrestrained, exuberant worship. Praise him with everything you have!

Respond: 

Enjoy worshipping God on the Sabbath day today. Complete this day of rest and thanksgiving with good food, good friends, play, exercise, sing, laugh (watch some old comedies?) and celebrate!

Midday Meditation:

‘People who want to pursue joy especially need to practice the discipline of celebration. This is a primary reason we see much emphasis placed on feast days in the Old Testament. Times of feasting were to be transforming experiences – just as times of meditating and fasting were. Celebration generally involves activities that bring pleasure – gathering with people we love, eating and drinking, singing and dancing. Spiritual celebration means doing them while reflecting on the wonderful God who has given us such wonderful gifts.’

 (John Ortberg The Life You’ve Always Wanted)

Evening Reflection:

And He shall reign for ever and ever, for ever and ever,
King of Kings,
and Lord of Lords,
King of Kings,
and Lord of Lords,
and He shall reign for ever and ever,

King of Kings,
and Lord of Lords.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

(From Handel’s Messiah)
 

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