BECAUSE HE IS WORTH IT
Mighty God, on this your day I offer you my highest praise. I desire above all else to honor your holy name.
ReflectIf someone were to ask you, ‘Why do you worship God?’ how would you respond?
Our weeks are shaped and directed by people, tasks and ambitions making demands on our time. Sundays give us a chance to reset. It is a day to remember why we worship God. Although this psalm was written by worshippers in Israel’s temple, the call to worship is for all peoples (v 1). It is packed with reasons why we should worship God.
Which of the reasons strikes a chord with you? The fact that God is the supreme ruler, that he is totally other, holy, exalted beyond our imagining (vs 2,8,9)? Or that he acts in justice to free people from oppression (v 3)? Or maybe you are struck afresh that he has chosen you and planned good for you (v 4). The reference to Jacob, who was a liar and schemer, reminds us that God chooses to love flawed people.
God’s decision to extend his love to all nations (v 9) is worth pondering. Anyone from any nation who responds in faith to the quiet prompting of God’s word becomes part of the family of Abraham. They are blessed with the covenant love of God (Galatians 3:7–9)!
So many reasons to honor God! Psalm 47 calls us to wholehearted, whole body (v 1), full-voiced joyful worship. Think of one of those reasons, then sing, play an instrument, clap – whatever is appropriate – just make some noise!
Dear Lord, you have called me to share my faith with others. I thank you that I am sharing joy, the joy of forgiveness, purpose, peace, and hope. May I be a joyful presenter of your grace.
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