Willingly, joyfully come into His presence

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

[Willingly, joyfully come into His presence.] God alone is worthy of being worshiped. What is your attitude toward worship? Do you willingly and joyfully come into God’s presence, or are you just going through the motions, reluctantly going to church? This psalm tells us to remember God’s goodness and dependability, and then to worship with thanksgiving and praise! (NLT)

Psalm 100:1-5 – Shout with joy to the Lord, O earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

Quoted verse: Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. –Psalm 100:1 (NIV)

“Story” – Carol Elaine Harrison (Saskatchewan, Canada) titled her story “MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE;” here is a portion of Carol Elaine’s story:

“As a young girl, our daughter, Amee, loved to sing in church. She sang with gusto, without worrying whether she was in tune or off-key. She simply praised God with all her heart and voice. Everyone in the congregation knew, without a doubt, that she loved to praise God. . . . Hebrews 13:15 says, ‘Through Jesus . . . let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.’ Colossians 3:16 [see below] also reminds us to allow the word of Christ to dwell in us and to praise God with singing and gratitude.

“I wonder how often our insecurities hamper our worship. Do we sing more quietly because we worry we will sing off-key? Maybe we can learn to come before God and worship like a small child, not worrying about how we sound but simply singing praises for God’s mercy and love.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I will find a way to praise God today.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the blessings you have given us. Help us to praise you joyfully and without hesitation. Amen.

* Although the early Christians had access to the Old Testament and freely used it, they did not yet have the New Testament or any other Christian books to study. Their stories and teachings about Christ were memorized and passed on from person to person. Sometimes the teachings were set to music, and so music became an important part of Christian worship and education. (NLT)

Colossians 3:16 – Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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