I have learned the value of standing on the promises and character of God my King. The Old and New Testaments call believers to sing songs of adoration to the One True God. One reason is we become more aware of the Lord’s presence when we sing to Him. It takes our eyes off of our worldly needs and circumstances for the moment as we focus on Him.
Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30.
This is an account of King Jehoshaphat responding to threats of war from neighboring nations. He inquired of the Lord as to what to do, and the Lord instructed him. He and the people of Judah and Jerusalem obeyed the Lord and a great victory was won that day. The Lord caused His people to find rest that day from their enemies, without having anything to do except to honor Him with their worship. Rest from enemies is part of God’s blessing for obedience.
One long standing practice is how I incorporate worship into my holy habits and life of discipline and service. I simply sing to the Lord each day as a way of recognizing his Lordship and presence in my life. I use a rotation of songs in my daily devotions and sing them to the Lord. For example, listed below are the words to a favorite hymn, “In Christ Alone.” I google the lyrics and sing them as best I can. On some days, I might select an artist I enjoy like Natalie Grant and sing along with her. Let’s try it.
In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground, Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace, When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All, Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone, who took on flesh, Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness, Scorned by the ones He came to save.
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died, The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid, Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay, Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day, Up from the grave He rose again.
And as He stands in victory, Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine, Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death, This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man, Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home, Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
Grow devotionally. Worship is an act of obedience to the Greatest Ruler of the Universe. It’s also an act of love to my Father. Create and use a list of songs to help you remember the Lord.
Love is a verb,
©2018 by Mike Olejarz