SATURDAY 8TH DECEMBER, 2018
THEME: WORSHIP, HEALTH FOR THE SOUL
TEXT: PSALM 63:1-8
MEMORY VERSE: PSALM 63:1 “O God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

This beautiful morning psalm, written by David, is believed to have been when he temporarily abandoned his throne when Absalom, his rebel son, waged war against him (2 Sam 15:13-23). If it is so, David must have been in an agonizing situation which called for serious prayers.

We should, therefore, ask ourselves a soul-searching question: “How much do we desire God?” David was in the desert of Judah, and his flesh was weary and needed to satisfy its appetite, but he turned his gaze on his soul and, using the prevailing example of a heart panting for water in the desert where he was, he expressed how his soul longed for God. It is the breath of God upon the flesh that brings about a soul. The soul of man is the seat of his will and emotions, which can easily be affected by things happening around him in the physical realm.

David, however, got to a level of walk with God that everything within him, including his soul, literally longed for God. In verse 2, he reports that he’d looked upon God in the sanctuary beholding His power and glory and in verse 5, he says his soul would be satisfied as with fat and rich food. The fruit of worship that moment in the Holy of Holies, when we behold God’s glory and feast with Him in our souls, is tremendous health for the soul. Realizing that every moment spent with God in deep communion helps us to live above sin and prevailing vicissitudes of life, living in His presence, therefore, assures renewal of our mind and helps us to see things from God’s perspective.

Aside from this, when we worship in the spirit, the eternal mysteries of God are transported to our souls via the Spirit of God dwelling in us. Friends, there is a higher realm for you. Enjoy heaven’s menu today as you lift up your heart to the eternal King in all you do this weekend.

HYMN: EMHB 455 – AS PANTS THE HART FOR COOLING STREAMS
PRAYER: Jehovah Nissi, be my banner in any battle of life and grant me victory in all fronts in Jesus name. Amen.

SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER, 2018
THEME: THE HEART OF WORSHIP
TEXT: REVELATIONS 5:1-14
MEMORY VERSE: REVELATION 5:12 “In a loud voice they sang: ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!'”

The Christian year begins on Advent Sunday. Today, being Advent Sunday, is a celebration of the love of God, sending Jesus to the world and the expectation of His second coming to take His saints away to Glory.

Today’s passage affords us a glimpse into a great scene in heaven. In a very beautiful and awe-striking scene in which, the Lamb of God, Jesus, is portrayed as the only ONE worthy to break the seals in the right hand of Him (God) who sat upon the throne. The spontaneous response of the innumerable company of angels in verse 12 could only have come from hearts that are full of worship. Worship begins from the heart.

To worship is to ascribe great importance to a person or thing being worshipped. Therefore, a heart of worship is a heart that understands the worth of God according to His attributes, character and deeds. It is a heart that trembles before God and, like the angels in the text, speaks and acts in response to His majesty.

But, we can only worship aright when we see Him as He is (1 John 3:2b). Isaiah saw Him and realized his own filthiness. Anytime we see Him as He is, we cannot but react spontaneously like Isaiah in Isa. 6:5. So, have you had a revelation of His majesty? Have you given Him His rightful place in your heart, enthroning Him above every other person or thing? This is the heart of worship!

HYMN: EMHB 91 – ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS.
PRAYER: Lord, let the revelation of Your greatness remain in my heart, that I may maintain a heart of worship, dethroning every other person and thing forever and ever. Amen.