Saturday, June 4, 2011

What A Wonderful Day To Be Alive

So, it's Saturday morning and you probably have a long list of chores to do. You probably have to take care of the lawn, wash the car, clean the house, wash laundry, do the grocery shopping, bake some goodies and probably a hundred other things. Most of us only get one day to do 90% of our weekly chores and it goes by in a rush, but I am wondering how you have started your day?

Did you start it with a morning coffee and the newspaper? Perhaps it was a slow waking as you laid in bed listening to the children while talking things over with your spouse. Maybe you are an early riser and so you sprang out of bed and spent a few hours checking through FaceBook, looking through Tumblr, reading your favourite blogs on Blogger, answering some emails or surfing some interesting sites. Then again, you may be part of the newer technology savvy crowd and did all that while laying in bed using your cell phone.

The point is, we are a busy people and often neglect to start our day, busy or not, in a way that is fitting for those who worship Jesus. Now some of you may be feeling good right now because you read a couple of chapters of the Bible and even prayed before getting out of bed. That's really great but there is still something that we neglect that should be as natural to us as breathing. Every day we should begin with worship simply because God deserves it and we owe it to him.

The psalmist of Psalm 148 exhorted all creation to spend time in worshipping God for one very simple reason:

Let them praise the name of the LORD, 
   for he commanded and they were created. (Psalm 148:5)

When you opened your eyes this morning you received the gift of another day from the one who created us. As you took in a deep breath of air it was a gift. As you looked around you saw all the good things that God has done for you. The simple fact that he has given you life is enough to start each day with praise and worship. The fact that he redeemed you from slavery to sin and rebellion is even more reason to worship. To know and understand his great promises and blessings should overwhelm us and cause us to lift our hands in adoration. The psalmist writes:

Let them praise the name of the LORD,
   for his name alone is exalted;
   his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
He has raised up for his people a horn,
   the praise of all his saints,
   of Israel, the people close to his heart.
   Praise the LORD. (Psalm 148:13-14)

The "horn" in that day was an earthly king, so how much more do we praise him for THE horn, the King eternal, our Lord Jesus Christ? Forget anything else he may have done, the prayers he has answered, the blessings he has poured out on us; the gift of Jesus Christ is enough for us to sing and dance before him, to praise and worship all the days of our life and for eternity.

I realize you have a long list of things to do today and that it is probably your only day to do it, but everything will go so much better if your start with worship. Worship doesn't change your day but it changes you in the day. When you put everything in its proper priority and place your heart in that proper relationship with Jesus, the whole day will take on a different perspective. Start the day off right. Start it in the only manner suited to a follower of Jesus Christ. Start it with adoration!

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