Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Words of Encouragement

As you walk along the sands on the beach or along the desert places, you have to think about the creator of all this vast world.  Do you ever stop to simply worship because of the beauty of God's world? (Sketch by Joselyn L. Williams).

Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength, ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. - 1 Chronicles 16:28-30

Worship is...honoring God.  The instruction is quite clear in these verses.  It says, "ascribe" to the Lord.  The meaning of this word means to give credit, assign or attribute to.  So the word says to give God what he is due.  He is due our praise because of his glory and strength. 

He is due honor because of his name.  Bring an offering and come before the Lord and worship him in the splendor of his holiness.  What a great privilege to be given by God.  He allows us to come to worship before him.  In that time we are to ascribe to him those things that are worthy of his name.  He is to be given the honor that is worthy of who he is.

You and I would not be able to come and enjoy the splendor of God if he did not open this way to us.  It is saddening to see those that do not understand the gift they are given to be able to come and worship the Lord.  To take for granted his presence and his love for us.  To simply put something else before the privilege to come and worship is simply beyond my understanding.

I pray for us today that we would appreciate the gift we have been given to come before the Lord of Lord and the King of Kings.  The joy we recieve when we worship the great God of the universes.  Lord today we stretch our hands to you and we open wide our hearts to worship you.  We desire more of your glory this day.