Worship

Psalm 29:2 “Give honor to the Lord for the glory of his name.  Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.”

Psalm 95:6-7 “Come let us worship and bow down.  Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God.  We are the people he watches over, the sheep under his care. Oh, that you would listen to his voice today!”

Worship is a sincere expression of reverence and devotion toward God.  Worship can take place through singing songs of praise, praying, and meditating upon God’s word.

Worship is realizing who we are worshiping, God the almighty.  To be in the Lord’s presence to where your mind, and spirit is focused on the heavenly places.  The words that we are singing become our prayers to the Lord.  It’s where you become in awe of who you’re worshiping and that desire to know God more, praising Him for all that He has done in your life.  Spending time in prayer and reading the word to get to know the One who created us.

When we come to worship are our hearts ready?  Are we laying aside all the distractions of our days?  Do we allow the Lord to speak to us, and draw us into His presence, whether it be singing, reading the word or praying?  God desires our hearts to be surrendered to Him. He is worthy of our praise and he watches over us and takes care of us.

I liked what Oswald Chambers said about worship.  Worship is giving God the best that He has given you.  Be careful what you do with the best you have.  Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love-gift.  Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. God will never allow you to keep a spiritual blessing completely for yourself.  It must be given back to Him so that He can make it a blessing to others.

Cherie C.

Who Am I That You Are Mindful Of Me?

What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you visit him? Psalm 8:4

One of the things my husband and I enjoy doing is cruising around Norco talking and listening to music. We are such creatures of habit that we listen to the same CD over and over again. Each time we get into the car the same CD plays. The music is background filler as we talk and comment on what we see, but recently I started to listen to the lyrics. On one song the singer asks the question “Who am I that you are mindful of me?” So I started to mediate on these words.

I was in awe when I realized the God of Creation, the God of Mercy, the Sovereign God, the “I am,” The Alpha and Omega, the Righteous God is mindful of man, mindful of me. Psalm 139: 17 says “How precious also are your thoughts towards me, O God! How great is the sum of them!” It is amazing that his thoughts are limitless towards us. We are always on His mind … who am I that you are mindful of me?

Elsa D.

He is more than Enough…

Growing up in a big family and being second to the youngest had its benefits Smile Being the youngest girl meant that I was daddy’s little girl… My parents would give us, “Domingo or allowance” after church on Sundays. I was not a saver and would spend it all in one trip to the store. I would buy kids’ favorite treats: Onion Rings, Now and Laters, Strawberry Crush Soda, and Grab Bags (a surprise in every bag). My younger brother Javi was a saver, and even to this day he can save money. So when I would run out of my money and wanted something else, I would cry to my dad and he would ask my brother to share his money with me. Even now I go to Starbucks to buy a coffee and what do you know, I pay with my ATM card not always caring how expensive my cinnamon dulce latte costs. Some things just never change…..

Looking back on those days helps me appreciate being a kid. Now I can see that life is not as nice or fair as it was when I was growing up. Sometimes we get programmed into thinking that life is always going to be fair. However, we know that is far from the truth. This last year, 2012, has been a year that has brought its share of challenges, heartaches, and trials. No one is exempt, from the hardships of life. “In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” Matthew5:45

Life has a way of throwing curve balls that we don’t see coming. As believers it can be easy to think, “What!?” this is not how its suppose to be. What about the plans that Jesus says he has for me, plans to prosper me, not to harm me. This doesn’t fit in that plan. It doesn’t feel or look, like a good plan Lord…

How many times can we call Him Lord and at the same time question Him? We need to remind ourselves that this is not the final outcome! This is just preparation for the plans that He has for us in eternity. We are also reminded that He works all things out for our good (Romans 8:28). Whatever difficult situation we may be facing, ask yourself, “Is Jesus enough for me?" Jesus wants to be our everything! He says that we lack nothing in Him. He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.

My earthly father would do anything in his power and ability to make sure that I was well taken care of. Remember, how much more our heavenly Father cares for us. He is ever watching, always loving, protecting, defending, guarding, providing, forgiving, healing, and always attentive to the prayer of the apple of His eye. Our Jesus is more than enough.

Rose H.

The Many Faces Of Love

This month is February, Valentine’s Day is coming, and we will see an outpour of symbols of love. Some better than others, but what does God say about love?

We know that in the Greek language and thus in early times, there were various words for the different types of love.

  • · Agape – sacrificial (1 Corinthians 13)
  • · Eros – passionate
  • · Philia – friendship
  • · Storge – affection (parental)

Many times we actually burden others with our “need” for love. Now hold on, I am not saying that we don’t have a healthy and natural human desire to feel loved and furthermore that God has commanded us to love one another. (John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me so have I loved you…, 1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.).

I am talking about the unrealistic expectations. It’s as if we expect one person to fulfill our expectations for each of the different types of love we desire as humans.

Some of us were blessed with great childhoods, feeling loved by family and surrounded by friends. We then carry that into our adult relationships and feel hurt when someone “doesn’t love us that way”. Some of us may have had bad childhoods, feeling unloved and are seeking closeness with everyone we meet. We can become that kind of “needy” friend that others may shy away from.

Here is where the problem lies……NO ONE PERSON can meet our every need. The deep relational longings can only be met by a true love relationship with God. If we can realize this, loving others and feeling loved will be secondary and more forgiving. In other words, we will not burden others with an unrealistic expectation that they (as humans) cannot live up to. We will, instead, aim to love others as God has loved us (John 15:9).

God places many people in our paths. We develop friendships and relationships with them in different ways. We should nurture each of them in a special and unique way modeling how God has done this in our own lives. He does not answer prayer to two of us the same manner, He does not reveal Himself to each of us in the same way. He knows what our own needs, wants and desires are, and He responds to each of us personally. Hence our friendships and love towards others can benefit from this realization.

You may have that friend that enjoys long walks with you, another that enjoys your taste for fine dining, and the friend whom you have not talked to in weeks or even months and yet you remain so close that the minute you pick up the phone and talk to them, you are right where you left off.

So during this season of love, take the time to cherish the loves in your life. Most importantly, continue to nurture your love relationship with God the Father and continue to seek Him in all that you do. Reach out to others in His love, don’t wait for others to love you first. The blessings will surely follow.

1 Corinthians 16:22-24, If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

-Alex B