THIS WEEK’S FOCUSED SCRIPTURE
Hebrews 13:15 (NIV) -Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
1 Peter 1:3 (NIV) -Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
THOUGHTS FROM LEYDIANA
One of the most powerful things I have experienced in my life is “worshipping God.” It is something that through time, has become a necessity in my life. It is part of my life opportunity…that is to say: “I live to adore Him.”
When we practice worshipping God daily, it becomes a part of our habits, customs, and delights, thereby making it a necessity. One can see the benefits that this incredible activity brings to our lives. We see daily blessings, answered prayers, and open doors, but the best part is that we see God speaking to us audibly. His presence is always with us because He is our Father, but we bring about His blessings when we praise Him and recognize Him as such.
There is a comparison that I want to give you. Imagine, as a mother or father, your child coming in and saying, “Hello mother,” or “Hello father.” Your child knows you are there and recognizes your presence in that place, but that greeting to you, as a mother or father, does not fill you; that simple greeting doesn’t make you extremely happy. I imagine that what a mother or father would love, is that their child would come and give them a hug, say nice words to them and, above all, give words of gratitude.
That’s how it should be in our worship. We know that our Father is here, we know that His presence is always there, but there will be a great difference in our relationship with Him when we more than recognize His presence; when we as His children bring about His blessings through our praise.
God asks us for sacrifices. One of them is the sacrifice of praise, that is to declare, in an audible and convincing way, that we love Him with all of our hearts, and not only declare it, but live it and do it.