Posts Tagged ‘worship God’

It’s So Good to Worship God

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. Psalm 96:1-4

1. ADORE THE PERSON OF OUR WORSHIP. Many things try to distract and divide our attention, but Jesus deserves our whole heart. We worship Him as the supreme King and giver of life and eternal life. We worship God as our savior. We praise Him for all He has done. We celebrate, we contemplate, and we thank Him.

2. KNOW THE PURPOSE OF OUR WORSHIP. There is nothing like being able to stand before God and be invited into His presence. Worshiping God is the opposite of ignoring Him or disparaging Him. Worship is a way to show our love, our adoration, and our affection for Him.

3. ENJOY THE PRIVILEGES OF OUR WORSHIP. We in the United States are blessed to have privileges which people in many nations are denied, including freedom of assembly. But whether we are worshiping God from prison – like Paul and Silas did in the Bible – or in a church building, let’s seize our moments and worship God freely.

4. ASSEMBLE OFTEN IN THE PLACE OF WORSHIP. It’s possible to worship God 24/7 everywhere we go. But God doesn’t want any of us to be loners, and He insists on us also worshiping together. Don’t let anything keep you from church. Don’t let depression keep you isolated. These things are all the more reason to show up with your church family and draw near to God. He forgives our sins, He heals our diseases, and He redeems our life!

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER (PSALM 103:1-5):
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits. He pardons all my iniquities, He heals all my diseases; He redeems my life from the pit. He crowns me with lovingkindness and compassion; He satisfies my years with good things, so that my youth is renewed like the eagle. Amen!

wor·ship, verb
To honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power. To regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion. To perform or take part in worship or an act of worship.

Copyright © 2018 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. Scripture taken from the Amplified Bible (AMP), Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved. “worship.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2018.

First Love

Monday, October 28th, 2013

“First” – pro’-tos (Greek): The reason you went after it in the first place.

I know your deeds and your toil . . . and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first. . . Revelation 2:2-5a

1. Remember. This verse is a snapshot of how God reignited the church of Ephesus when they had grown cold in their first love. The Lord commends them for their endurance and hard work, but something else had happened—there had been a priority shift and self-reliance had set in. God is urging them to get back to the basics and remember the beginnings of their faith.

2. Repent. Repentance is a moment of commitment and change that prompts us toward healing, breakthrough, and progress. With the Ephesian church, the strategy of the devil was to dampen their fire and reduce their effectiveness. If you’ve let worries, cares, or dead works choke your love and devotion to God, simply repent. God wants to help you rekindle the fire in your heart.

For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8

3. Do. Sow to the spirit by developing your spiritual life—pray in the Spirit, spend time in God’s Word, and worship Him. Get up tomorrow morning and choose to put Jesus first. Spend time talking to Him. When we remember it’s all about Jesus, and we repent for letting other distractions hinder that first love, God will help us restore our connection with Him so we can stay effective and on fire our entire lives!

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2013 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

Praise God All Day Long

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:1-3

It’s easy to get busy or preoccupied and try to numb ourselves with entertainment. But God has called us to push past distractions and focus on Him. When we come before God in praise and worship, we’re reinforcing who He is, what He is capable of doing, and His faithfulness throughout the ages.

If you were a worshiper of God but life has contained your praise and you’ve lost your fire, don’t lament! You have a choice: You can sit and sulk and start to feel bad that you’ve let this slip, or you can start fresh right now. Every day is a new day (Lamentations 3:22-23), and God makes all things new (Revelation 21:5). You are a chosen generation called to proclaim the excellencies of God (1 Peter 2:9).

It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night, with the ten-stringed lute and with the harp, with resounding music upon the lyre. For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands. Psalm 92:1-4

When we thank God for who He is and what He has done, it helps us to be less introspective and more aware of our Deliverer. Fear and anxiety leave as our eyes get on Jesus. Our battles are won (2 Chronicles 20). Chains fall off and prisoners get set free (Acts 16:25). People are saved (Acts 16:30-34).

Saturate your day with praise. Praise Him with music (2 Kings 3:15). Praise God in your car; praise Him in your house. Shout out your praise (Psalm 95:1-2). “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:6).

My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long. Psalm 71:8

Praise God!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2012 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.