Have A Worshipful Heart

Come, let’s worship him and bow down. Let’s kneel before the LORD who made us. PSALM 95:6

Worship. In two thousand years we haven’t worked out the kinks. We still struggle for the right words in prayer. We still fumble over Scripture. We don’t know when to kneel. We don’t know when to stand. We don’t know how to pray.

Worship is a daunting task.

For that reason, God gave us the Psalms—a praise book for God’s people.… This collection of hymns and petitions are strung together by one thread—a heart hungry for God.

Some are defiant. Others are reverent. Some are to be sung. Others are to be prayed. Some are intensely personal. Others are written as if the whole world would use them .…

The very variety should remind us that worship is personal. No secret formula exists. What moves you may stymie another. Each worships differently. But each should worship.

The Inspirational Study Bible

God’s Guide to a Victorious Life

Proverbs 3:5-6

If you were lost in the woods, you’d be very thankful to find a compass in your pocket. Chances are you would not ignore its guidance by following your own hunch about which direction was north.

Like a compass, Scripture provides sure guidance for the Christian life. One particularly helpful passage is Proverbs 3:5-6, because it summarizes four key truths that will keep you heading the right way.

1. Trust God. The Lord deserves your complete confidence because He never changes (Heb. 13:8; James 1:17).

2. Do not rely on your own understanding. Since human minds are finite, comprehension is limited. Only God is omniscient. He sees everything, including thoughts and motives (Heb. 4:13).

3. Acknowledge Him in all your ways. As the Creator of all and the designer of salvation, God has the right to plan every life. He knits each person together in the womb, provides redemption through Jesus Christ, and gives spiritual gifts to be used on His behalf. Just as a child will look to his father for help, believers are to depend upon their heavenly Father. And when successful, they are to acknowledge how the Lord enabled. Otherwise, pride can lead in a harmful direction.

4. God promises to make your paths straight. Spiritually, the direct route is faster and easier to travel. But it is not obstacle-free. As you follow the first three points, the Father will work to overcome barriers along the way. Will you follow God’s compass and trust Him? By rejecting self-reliance and acknowledging dependence on Him, you will stay on the straight path of godliness.

Strong and Courageous

“And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.” (1 Chronicles 28:20)

This admonition—to be strong and of good courage—is found 11 times in the Bible—thrice on the lips of Moses, five times in Joshua, then twice from David, and once from Hezekiah. Although these all involved specific challenges confronting God’s people at the time, the principles behind them indicate the need for courage of conviction for God’s people at all times.

The first occurrence is in the command given by Moses to the Israelites just before his death as they were about to enter the Promised Land. “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Deuteronomy 31:6). In the next verse, Moses gave a similar exhortation to Joshua, their leader.

The next-to-last occurrence is in our text, containing almost the same words as in the first occurrence, with David this time exhorting Solomon to build the great temple in Jerusalem. Whether entering a new field of service for God or beginning a great work for God, the people of God will encounter opposition and must be strong and courageous to carry it through.

The word “courage” occurs more in Joshua than in any other book of the Bible, and this specific exhortation is given five times: three by God, once by the people to Joshua, and once by Joshua to the people. In all these, the context stresses obedience to the Word of God, especially in resistance to sin and pagan belief systems. Especially significant is God’s command: “Be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law . . . that thou mayest prosper” (Joshua 1:7). HMM

It is good for me to draw near to God

It is good for me to draw near to God.—Psalm 73:28.

—AND the sea of care grows still
In the shining of Thy smile;
And Thy love’s all-quickening ray
Chases night and pain away,
That my heart grows light the while.

IF we believe that God is always at hand, always ready to hear, surely we should take delight in telling Him all our little cares, and woes, and hopes, as they flit by. H.L. SIDNEY LEAR.

If you have not much time at your disposal, do not fail to profit by the smallest portions of time, which remain, to you. We do not need much time in order to love God, to renew ourselves in His Presence, to lift up our hearts towards Him, to worship Him in the depths of our hearts, to offer Him what we do and what we suffer. FRANCOIS DE LA MOTHE FÉNELON.

There is always time to look up to Him for His smile. F.B. MEYER.

These frequent looks of the heart exceedingly sweeten and sanctify our other employments, and diffuse somewhat of heaven through all our actions. ROBERT LEIGHTON.

Jesus the author and finisher of our faith

Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. — Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last: I am he.

Sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ. — The very God of peace sanctify you wholly: and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. —He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. — Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? — The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me.

It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Revelation 1:8. Isaiah 41:4. Jude 1:1. 1 Thessalonians 5:23,24. Philippians 1:6. Galatians 3:3. Psalm 138:8. Philippians 2:13.

I will not let thee go, except thou bless me

I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. Genesis 32:26

Let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.

O woman, great is thy faith; be it unto thee even as thou wilt. — According to your faith be it unto you. — Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

They drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and [Jesus] made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: … he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? — I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight. — My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

Isaiah 27:5. Matthew 15:28. Matthew 9:29. James 1:6,7. Luke 24:28,29,31,32. Exodus 33:13. Exodus 33:14.