Thursday, October 22, 2015

October 22, 2015:  Praise: The Heart of Worship

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 294  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of the group Hillsong leading in worship and singing, Here I Am To Worship, … praising the living God in song.

Highlight Passage:   Psalm 145: 3, 18 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
…  David declares that praise is the essence of worship to God!
Highlight Context – Psalm 145: 1-18 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
…  King David extols praise to God in worshipping the Lord.

Reference Passage #1 - Psalms 16:11, 96:4 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
... Praise brings us into the presence of God and brings the fullness of joy.

Reference Passage #2 - Romans 12: 1-2 [NKJV] … 
1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 
… Our most powerful praise to God is to become a living sacrifice, avoiding the world and living in His presence - for HIM!

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Dennis Fishser, today’s ODB author, writes, … Much of Scripture [as the Psalms above] calls for joyful gratitude and adoration of the living God. When we honor God, we celebrate Him as the Source from which all goodness flows. … When we praise God from our heart we find ourselves in that joyful state for which we were created. Just as a beautiful sunset or a peaceful pastoral scene points to the majesty of the Creator, so worship draws us into a close spiritual union with Him.

Do I really need to write any more? When you take in the photo image and the praise song, by Hillsong, depicted or linked here, where do you feel directed? Personally, I’m convicted to praise my Lord as the Apostle Paul exhorted believers, like me, in Romans 12: 1-2, by becoming more of a “living sacrifice,” and doing all I can to stay in His presence, avoiding the pitfalls of the world.

 What about you … today? … Will you join me in praising God with our lives?

My Prayer Today:  Oh, my Lord, Jesus! … Here I am to worship!! … Amen  

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