Praise in the Sanctuary

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Nestled in a much longer psalm, David extols the joy of this new commission of worship leaders in Asaph and his cohort. Above all, God is to be praised. His love endures forever.

So this strikes me as odd. Sunday is more the mountaintop of worship. Wednesday is the midweek hump. Today Is Tuesday. Maybe you have a tradition where Tuesday is a day of worship, but sadly I do not. Is there cause for praise on a Tuesday?

Do I hear a resounding ”YES!”?

If you can’t find a reason to praise Him on a Tuesday, you’re not paying attention. If you are in a funk please praise Him. Have you ever received good from His hand? Praise Him. Have we ever received good instead of judgment? Let us praise Him. Blessed be the name of the Lord, on a Tuesday. God bless you today.

Of you would, please pray for Kentucky today. The Election Day is today, and we have much to be in prayer for.

With One Another

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Have you tried living as a Christian all on your own? Actually, I’ve heard many try this, saying that they can worship God anywhere. Some prefer especially during deer season, to take their New Testament up into the deer stand with them. There they have solitude and quiet in their peaceful worship of God. Sounds great, doesn’t it? I don’t know why more people don’t do that?

Others prefer to stay home, watching church on TV. For some, I’ll agree this is a necessity, as they are physically unable to go anymore. Many are unable to leave home for health reasons. But many of these same people will find a way to the doctor’s office, the Walmart and whatever else. I have waited in the doctor’s office longer than I’ve been in church.

But what’s so wrong about people wanting to experience God on their own terms or in the comfort of their home? I would hope that people are seeking God in their own home. But that isn’t Christianity. It’s a part of their work as Christians, their personal work in seeking His face and in prayer. That is a private work, but it not the whole.

The main work of Christianity is body life. We exist as part of a body of Christians. None of us exists to himself. Going to the deer stand on Sunday morning or sitting in your living room watching TV church does not qualify as going to church. Why is going to church so important? Because that is where the body is. You encourage others and are encouraged in return. You support others and are supported in return. The primary intent of attending church is being the church to one another. It is finding our connections in flesh and blood people who believe and serve the same God. We need social interaction and support. (And we need to be mindful of that for our elderly population).

We not only need it, but we are commanded to it, even by the verse quoted above. It isn’t just our own voice lifted up in praise to the King of Heaven that He wants to wants to hear. He wants a concert of voices. He wants to hear our song combined into one multi-layered sound. If it is not good for “man to be alone” it is certainly not good for a Christian to worship alone, to be alone, to be faithful alone.

I know this will hit some of you in the wrong place, because you’ve tried it. You’ve tried to be that encouraging voice in the church. You’ve tried to be a peacemaker, and you’ve received the sharp stick of Christian discouragement. You’ve tried going to church, and you’ve only received pain. That is not a church God wants you to attend. Find another one. As Hebrews 10:25 says, “don’t give up meeting together.” Don’t give up. Part of your Christian walk and faith is the harmony and synchronicity you find with other believers. You can’t do that on your own. Going to a church is not a suggestion. Staying home and watching it online or on TV is not a solution. You need interaction with real people. You need others to fellowship with, to study with, to share ideas with and struggles with. Is it a sin not to go to church? Is disobedience to a clear and direct command from God a sin? Then yes, and heaping sin upon yourself in wilful refusal with not help your walk or your prayer life. GO TO CHURCH!

God bless you today.

Praise All Day

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is there a bad time to praise the Lord? If you wanted to take this verse literally, you might be off the hook overnight. Taken figuratively, as long as you are awake, it’s a good time to praise the Lord.

And it’s not like you have to keep inventing reasons to praise, because you are literally surrounded by some very good reasons to praise the Lord and those often.

I praise the Lord because I have a loving wife of 24 years who had not abandoned me but confessed her love for me everyday. I have four talented amazing children who surprise me everyday with their insights. I worship at s great church, have a rewarding career. I am literally surrounded by blessings everyday.

And I still get down.

I still mope that I don’t have everything i want. 🙁 I still find reasons to complain. 🤨 And the importance of this verse is not lost on me today. I needed this one today too.

May I simply send out this reminder that praising the Lord is part of our necessary work every day. God would not have us dwell on our sorrows and become sour, but dwell on His praises and remind us of our future. We have every reason, every day to praise the Lord. So let us Praise the Lord!

God bless you today.

Tuesday

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Nothing special today. Tuesday is like a part of the night sky that is unremarkable, no stars or constellations. You pass over it because it is part of the whole, but you don’t celebrate it. It’s not the back to work day, or hump day, or any of the days leading to the weekend. It’s just there.

Funny thing though. When the Hubble Telescope pointed its great lenses to the darkest part of the night sky, it saw amazing collections of stars and distant galaxies. There were whole worlds of wonder along that vector that scientists are still poring over.

Tuesday is a day that the Lord has made, woken you up into it, and reintroduced you back into the world. Today is just as good a day to sing and celebrate the resurrection as any other day. Let not the joy of Sunday wear off but continue to feed the fire of joy and worship throughout the week.

God bless you today, even if it’s a Tuesday.

Easter Monday

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Though not a day we celebrate, on some calendars you will find today labeled as Easter Monday because it follows Easter. Today’s selection comes from Psalm 22, the first verse of which is quoted by Jesus in the cross. (Just consider that in the midst of his final hours, Jesus is quoting texts of ancient literature. That’s my Jesus!) He most likely makes this reference because Psalm 22:2 accurately reflects exactly how he’s feeling. He feels forsaken by God and afflicted, just as Isaiah 53 predicted.

But Psalm 22 takes a journey of its own. From the first verse to the last, the Psalm goes from lament to praise. The Psalmist laments his condition, in many ways prefiguring Christ’s own suffering. But then he speaks of the presence of the Lord, the worship in His holy Temple, and that at the last, generations will speak of the Lord’s praise and deliverance.

And here we are, the generations to be born are reading this blog today. They are reading about what the Lord has done in raising s dead man to life. Despite all the arguments that it can’t be done, today we serve a risen Savior. Sure I apprehend these things by faith, but faith based on evidence. There is more evidence for Jesus than for Socrates.

Let us tell today about the risen Savior. It may be Monday, but Jesus is still just as risen as He was yesterday. Let us celebrate His resurrection everyday.

God bless!

A Day to Rejoice

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Want to send this out to everyone today I hope you have had a great day of worship and refreshment in the Lord’s house with the Lord’s people. If not, why not try to find a place before the day’s over.

We serve a wonderful and powerful God. He alone deserves our time, our worship and our awe. And I am getting old enough that few things awe me anymore. I’ve seen spectacle and amazing. Now I just feel jaded. It’s a “been there, done that” kind of feeling. That’s one reason I keep turning back to God, because He never fails to amaze me. Taking five minutes just to understand how awesome this universe is, from galactic clusters to quanta. Every day can be filled with wonder at a God who is infinitely creative.

So let us serve Him, with praise and worship, awe and wonder, for He alone is worthy of our praise.

God bless you today.

The Song Goes On

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Ever had a song stuck in your head that just won’t go away? Yeah, me too. Those songs have catchy tunes and easy to remember lyrics. Well, guess what God has planned for us to do with the word of truth? Put it to music of course. Words and tunes come together to make it easier to remember (the alphabet song, anyone?) and be able to remember it much later. My wife tells me she could have a masters in late 80’s song lyrics. That’s how our memories work. So God has already put into place the directive to put these truths to music so that in times it struggle, we could remember.

Remember that while you worship this morning. God bless!