Friday, November 2, 2018

Sing to The Lord


“Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and joy are in his dwelling place” (1 Chronicles 16:27).

This is part of the praise and worship song of King David after the Ark of the Covenant was returned from the Philistines. David was the “Sweet Psalmist of Israel” and king. Although he was a sinner like the rest of us, he also was “A man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14).  It is our hearts that the Lord covets. He can do nothing with our souls until we repent and trust in Him. This is His hearts desire. May it be your heart’s desire to worship Him.
This is my desire you to honor you
Lord, with all my heart I worship you
All I have within me I give You praise
All that I adore is in you

Lord I give you my heart
I give you my soul
I live for you alone
Every breath that I take
Every moment I'm awake
Lord have Your way in me

Lord I give you my heart
I give you my soul
I live for you alone
Every breath that I take
Every moment I'm awake
Lord have Your way in me

This is my desire you to honor you
Lord, with all my heart I worship you
All I have within me I give You praise
All that I adore is in you

Lord I give you my heart
I give you my soul
I live for you alone
Every breath that I take
Every moment I'm awake
Lord have Your way in me

Lord I give you my heart
I give you my soul
I live for you alone
Every breath that I take
Every moment I'm awake
Lord have Your way in me

This is my desire..
I give you my heart, I give you my soul....

Lord I give you my heart
I give you my soul
I live for you alone
Every breath that I take
Every moment I'm awake
Lord have Your way in me

Lord I give you my heart
I give you my soul
I live for you alone
Every breath that I take
Every moment I'm awake
Lord have Your way in me

Lord I give you my heart
I give you my soul
I live for you alone
Every breath that I take
Every moment I'm awake
Lord have Your way in me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XKxqqhOgVM

This Hillsong United worship song says it best for me. I have trouble hearing this without tears beginning to stream down my face. It is the song of people who have been saved from their sins and been redeemed by our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. It is not a song in which the unsaved can probably not even connect. This is the grace and majesty of God. When we trust in Him, He sends His Holy Spirit into us to comfort, teach and convict us in His love.

The Song of David is from the heart and tells us “splendor and majesty go before Him.” This beautiful couplet describes God as Isaiah does, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:1-3).

Isaiah is being called by the Lord to be a prophet. This is a theophany of visible manifestation of God. God’s coming is often attended by earthquakes, but in this instance it is an awestruck prophet seeing God’s magnificence in heaven. This verse was read at my own ordination service by a dear friend of God. God is to be worshipped with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength, because He is our strength.


“Strength and joy are in His dwelling place.”  What a wonderful verse to cause us to worship and even celebrate as Nehemiah did after directing the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem.Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Herein he expresses the same admonition about the Lord, joy and strength. It was God who guided Nehemiah and it is the same God who leads us as we trust in Him. Last week I wrote on a similar quote from Isaiah 30:15, “In repentance and rest in our salvation; in quietness and trust in our strength.” The rest of the verse says, “but you would have none of it.”  Why is it that we are so stubborn and self-important? We want to do it on our own.  But God is our strength. In Him alone we find rest and strength. We must stop our prideful meanderings and seek Him for all things and He will give it. This is a harsh world and life and without God we can do nothing.

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