I like to have lots of plants around our home. During busy seasons, I have a difficult time remembering to water them but for the most part, I make sure they get plenty of everything they need to be healthy and happy (if plants can be happy…). Occasionally I will move a plant closer to a light source and it is amazing how quickly a plant will perk up after a “drink” and some extra sunlight.
Worshiping God has a similar effect on our souls. I could point to many examples, but let’s look at Psalm 73:2-14. Notice Asaph’s negative outlook in these verses. He was focused on the prosperity of the wicked.
But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills. Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. From their callous hearts comes iniquity; their evil imaginations have no limits. They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance, they threaten oppression. Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. They say, “How would God know? Does the Highest know anything?” This is what the wicked are like— always free of care, they go on amassing wealth. Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. All-day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments. (Psalm 73:2-14)
Now read verses 18-28.
Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! They are like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them as fantasies. When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward, you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.
See how his whole focus changed? Rather than remaining so discouraged that he wanted to quit, he now saw the end of the wicked. He now proclaimed, “Earth has nothing I desire besides you” (verse 25). In fact, Asaph suddenly turned all his attention toward God. While he barely mentioned God’s name in the first half of this chapter, now Asaph prayed directly to God. What made such a huge difference? I mean, imagine if a psychologist could tap into Asaph’s secret. He’d put Dr. Phil out of business! That was some pretty potent medicine!
What did Asaph do that totally changed his outlook? Please read the three verses we skipped (verses 15-17).
If I had spoken out like that, I would have betrayed your children. When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
When Asaph entered “the sanctuary of God,” he saw the final destiny of the wicked. There he turned his eyes back to the Lord and got a proper perspective of everything around him. Amazing!
That’s the amazing change God can make in people’s lives through worship. Perhaps you’ve been in service in the “sanctuary of God” when people started coming to the altar during a powerful moment of worship without any formal invitation from the pastor. If so, no doubt you long to see that kind of outpouring toward God again and again.
What has God revealed to you that you need to confess or commit to Him?
Pray now and ask God to “show up and show off” this Sunday during our church’s worship services. Ask him to change lives--starting with your own.
See you in the loft!
Worship Choir/Band Rehearsals Resume on Wednesday, August 7th.
Living Christmas Tree
You're invited to the Living Christmas Tree 2019 Kick-Off Party on Sunday, August 25 at 5 pm in the Family Life Center.
This year, we have an outstanding script calling for an eight-member cast with a moving message. Jay Lewis has agreed to direct the dramatic portion of the presentation. We all know Jay Lewis is the BEST! The music is outstanding with several opportunities for soloists. Many of the titles you will recognize; making it easier to learn and memorize. Other titles are stirring new songs and arrangements.Rehearsals for Living Christmas Tree 2019 will begin on Wednesday, August 28 at 7 pm.
Exciting Opportunities For Service
We need a President, Vice President, & Social Chairman - We will determine this on Wednesday, August 7th.
New Vocal Team Forming
I am looking for a team of people whose purpose is to expand and strengthen our overall music and worship ministry. This group of 4-6 singers should be able to make the following commitments. Click here for a description of what I am looking for in this core group.
We are forever seeking people to help: Run sound, operate the lyrics computer, and now operate cameras to provide people with the opportunity to join us online. This ministry is so important to the support of our worship services. For more information about how you can help, please contact Billy Woods at email@example.com