Saturday, February 4, 2012

Praise His Name - February 4, 2012

Psalm 96 (New International Version)

1 Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.

2 Sing to the LORD, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.

3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

4 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.

5 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.

6 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come into his courts.

9 Worship the LORD in the splendor of his [a] holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth.

10 Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns."
The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.

11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it;

12 let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy;

13 they will sing before the LORD, for he comes,
he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples in his truth.

Welcome to another weekend, when we take time out to rest and do those things our busy live don't allow us to do during our busy week. In today's society, regular church attendance takes a back seat to many other activities, from kid's sports, to spending time with family and friends, to fishing and hunting, or to just watching TV. In fact, many of us spend much more time worshiping atheletes and games played with leather balls than we spend with God.

We need to remember to take time in worship and praise to our Creator, the One who alone is worthy of our praise. It is difficult to worship and praise our Lord at home by ourselves. Many people make the excuse that they don't like "organized religion", but I would challenge you that things have changed. Today's many non-denominational churches are very far from what we might have grown up with, and no longer are church services focused mainly on mundane liturgies and tired traditions.

The remembrance of some traditions are still important, but many churches are now focused more on praise and worship, and time to connect with God. Many of today's best church leaders teach us how we can apply God's truths to our daily lives, and how we can live out our relationship with Jesus through touching others around us.

If you find your life a bit empty of meaning and if you are seeking something else, try to encounter the love of Jesus through the love of His people. Take the time, pack the family in the car, and visit a good local church this Sunday.

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