Worship as respite

For some of you, perhaps most of you, the last week has been difficult. Long, tiring days, persistent stress, constant demands.

That’s one of the main reasons God gives you today, Sunday, His day.

I hope it will be a sabbath for you, a day of worship and rest. I pray that the Lord will refresh you as you gather with His people, your church family, a community of believers who come together simply to express adoration for God.

As you read the worship psalm below, ask the Lord to clear your heart of life’s distractions and enable you to worship Him simply, truthfully, passionately.

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD and praise his name; every day tell how he saves us. Tell the nations of his glory; tell all peoples the miracles he does, because the LORD is great; he should be praised at all times. He should be honored more than all the gods, because all the gods of the nations are only idols, but the LORD made the heavens. The LORD has glory and majesty; he has power and beauty in his Temple.

Praise the LORD, all nations on earth; praise the LORD’s glory and power. Praise the glory of the LORD’s name. Bring an offering and come into his Temple courtyards. Worship the LORD because he is holy. Tremble before him, everyone on earth.

Tell the nations, “The LORD is king.” The earth is set, and it cannot be moved. He will judge the people fairly.

Let the skies rejoice and the earth be glad; let the sea and everything in it shout. Let the fields and everything in them rejoice. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the LORD, because he is coming. He is coming to judge the world; he will judge the world with fairness and the peoples with truth (Psalm 96:1-13).

Please pray that God will use all of the worship leaders today to direct our focus away from ourselves and toward Him. That we will worship the only One who is worthy.

I pray that in worship today God’s Spirit will refresh and renew you. I hope that as you leave the assembly you will feel a sense of overwhelming confidence to face the challenges of a new week.

Have a great Sunday!

In Christ,

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