God’s Reality Saturday, Apr 22 2017 

I’m pretty fascinated by God.

His reality is so far beyond what I can comprehend, though I search daily to know him more and more. He is the never ending story.

This morning, I woke up thinking about Him and just how awesome He really is to me.

Let’s take for example, numbers: they are infinite in both positive and negative directions. Yet each number independent of all the others has a specific value. This infinity can be found in fingerprints, snowflakes, irises of eyes, etc. etc. etc.

Music is another awesome thing. From bird songs to baritones, just plain awesome.

Chemistry is another awesome thing, unbelievably complex and yet…

Truth is unchanging….and yet Daniel 3:

25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”

So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

Now, I don’t know about you, but this is some pretty amazing stuff! We serve an awesome God who is able to create fire that does not burn, or even stink.

And even though God functions outside of time…He made a time for everything:

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

 

How to Worship God Thursday, Jan 9 2014 

 

In yesterday’s post we talked about How to Read the Bible, today we are going to talk about How to Worship God.

Many people think of worship as only singing in church on Sunday with accompaniment under the direction of the minister of music. While this method is effective in ushering in the Holy Spirit to your service each week, how on earth do you keep Him close the rest of the week without the band and choir to back you up?

Be filled with the Spirit;

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Remember in the LORD’s Prayer the line that says, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven?” Imagine yourself standing at the very entrance to heaven with one hand and one foot in heaven and one hand and one foot on earth. Your worship should bring you to this place where there would be no difference between heaven and earth. The angels are worshipping in heaven and you are worshipping on earth.

The whole point of this worship is to usher in the Holy Spirit, to watch what He does, and to copy it. Heal the sick, comfort the down hearted, be an ever present help in times of trouble. Put your hand to His hand and learn from the Master the gift of compassion. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Worship is a time of thanksgiving. It reminds me of that song I learned as a child, “Thank-you LORD for saving my soul. Thank-you LORD for making me whole.”

Accepting the gift of salvation is the core of this time with the LORD. Put your arms out in front of you as if receiving a gift and say, “Thank-you LORD for your free gift of salvation. I accept it. Now change my heart and change my life. Make me a new creature in Christ.”

Speaking to yourself about who God is to you. A Psalm I like is Psalm 8.

8 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

Imagine, there are 150 Psalms! If you ever want to learn about the character of God, you can find it in this book. The psalmists sang to the LORD from the depth of their hearts. They knew Him and trusted Him.

Having a time of worship before you study the bible each day can be a powerful experience, but some of my best times of worship are while I am doing other things; multi-tasking like doing the dishes or walking the dog. And yes, I hear the music in my head. I feel the rhythm in my feet.

Making melody in your heart to the LORD includes writing your own Psalms. I began doing this as a child and find it a joy.

I will end with this admonition from Paul to the Colossians:

 

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.