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05/19/2015

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Worship With Joy And Gratitude


"With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: 'He is good; His love to Israel endures forever' " (Ez.3:11)..... "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Phil.4:4-6).

In the first verse I used this morning, the Israelites have returned from the Babylonian captivity. They are gathered at the site of the foundation of the new temple and are singing from Psalm 107... "For He is good, His steadfast love toward Israel endures forever..." Although some wept because they remembered the magnificence of Solomon's temple, others shouted for joy because of the possibilities of a newly established Israel. They must have been deeply aware of God's steadfast love for them, in that He did not abandon them in their exile. In worship, we too ought to experience a profound gratitude, as we celebrate Gods' great patience, His mercy and His Son's death on the cross. If this does fill us completely with gratitude, nothing will. The second verse I am using this morning comes from the Book of Philippians. The apostle Paul, as if he knows about our deep gratitude, lets us in on something else. He says this: "Rejoice in the Lord always..." To make sure that we get it, he proclaims: "I will say it again: Rejoice!" Anticipating that we might have some problems or difficulties in our lives, or in the lives of those close to us, he adds this: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God..." The profound gratitude we started with should lead to joyful praise and proclamation of His great acts of salvation.... Gratitude and praise in our worship... They are perfect together...

Have a great day... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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