FRIDAY 14TH DECEMBER, 2018
THEME: BOWING BEFORE BEAUTY
TEXT: 1 CHRONICLES 16:23-36
MEMORY VERSE: 1 CHRONICLES 16:25 “For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods.”
Knowledge and understanding of an object or person will attract the attention of the observer. Through the study of the Word of God, we are exposed to the character of God. We look around us every day and we see the sun, the star, the moon, the animals and every other creature which came to being by the spoken Word of God. We see the beauty of creation which testifies of the breath-taking beauty of the Creator. No matter how we are captivated by the beauty of nature, our object of worship and adoration should be God, our Creator, and not the creature.
We need to grow in our knowledge of God and His character in order to give Him unlimited worship and adoration. Adoration increases with knowledge and our love for God also grows with knowledge of who He is. We will never run to Him for refuge or prostrate or bow before Him unless we realize the great love He has for us. A familiar passage in the Bible can explode with new meaning which leads to adoration. When was the last time you were amazed by the goodness, the greatness, the grace of God? Do you desire such experience? As we experience the beauty of God, study His character and mediate on His goodness. We have no choice than to bow before Him. The more we deepen in appreciation of the mystery of God, the more we will be lost in wonder, love and praise of Him.
David knew how to praise his God. A careful study of the Psalter will reveal how much intimacy David had about the Almighty and self-existent God. In the carrying of the Ark to Jerusalem, many psalms were sung, particularly Ps. 96, 105, 106 and a combination of Psalms. Worship the Lord with singing of Psalms. Methodist is born in song, worship and praises. Let us restore this dying legacy which other denominations are seriously trying to hijack.
HYMN: EMHB 25 – ROUND THE LORD IN GLORY SEATED
PRAYER: May every creature and people of every tribe and language recognize the need to worship the Almighty God in Jesus’ name. Amen.