Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
LORD Jesus, we praise You for this new and wonderful day that You have made. Remind us, O God we pray, whenever we are looking across the fields or up to the sky, that You are the Maker of them all. Forbid that we would look to the stars for answers, but that we would come before You, the One who has made the stars, to seek Your Counsel. Help us to love You more with each day, and to trust in Your Word and obey. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray. Amen.
What is the reason for you to attend worship services and/or Bible studies throughout the year? How about Christian conference/s? Do you help out with any kind of charity work? Why? What for?
Today’s verse tells us more about (Fill in the blank)
Whom to Serve
Serve _____ _____ with gladness;
We have to choose whom we will serve, and there are only two options: either we are serving the LORD, or, God forbid, we are serving other gods.
The term “other gods” includes all things and people that we place before God. Anything and anyone can become a “god” for us to worship. These gods, for example, could be any kind of graven images (handmade idols), celestial bodies, people whom we adore, places we want to go to, live in, or spend time at, vacations, hobbies, work, yes, even a ministry could become a “god” in someone’s life. What makes something an idol or god? Whatever or whomever we worship instead of the One true God.
How to Serve
Serve the LORD with _____.
This is not merely talking about “being glad” that Jesus has saved us or answered our prayers. No, the meaning of this word is more of an “exceedingly” kind of gladness. A joy (even if only within your heart) that makes you shout “Amen!” (be it so) and/or “Hallelujah!” (Praise the LORD!)
Ways to Serve
Come before His presence with _____.
You cannot hold yourself back, but you just have to sing unto the God of your salvation! The LORD loves to hear His people sing; not just any kind of song, though, but His music, His praises, His songs, His Word in melody. Hallelujah!
Praise the LORD today.