Archive | March 5, 2014

Worship and Praise

Let them praise His name with the dance
Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people
He will beautify the humble with salvation.
~ Psalm 149:3-4 ~

Worship and Praise

Why don’t you get it? How come you can’t see?
I sing to the Lord to show His love for me

You may think me weird; tell me I should sit down
Place my hands by my side and quit fooling around

What you don’t understand is I must praise and sing
For I am in God’s presence and that is all I can bring

He calls me to sing; to dance in the street
He smiles upon me when my worship is complete

He hears my songs of worship; they have meaning and heart
He understands my praise though indeed you may not

So before you judge me or tell me I need to sit down
Take a good look at your worship; what have you found?

Is your heart in your praise? Or is your worship mundane?
Is praise just another component of your Sunday routine?

Do you worship God earnestly? Do you let your love for God show?
Do you give all you have for the blessings He bestows?

Surrender your worship; it is a living sacrifice
Don’t worry what others think for your heart pays the price

Submit to the Lord; let Him lead your way
Let the Spirit consume you as you worship and praise

Walking Contradiction

Everyday is a battle, be it small or large, whether against others, circumstances, challenges, or your own flesh. The war rages between right and wrong, just and unjust, worldly and ethereal. Scripture asserts that you fight not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12). The flesh is of this world, and leans toward carnality and sinfulness, but the spirit is attentive to the things of heaven, and thus the dissention continues: the spirit seeks the things of heaven, but the flesh pulls it in a totally different direction (thus I do what I don’t want to do, and don’t do what I should to do).

All through the battle though, God is there. His power, His might, His wisdom, and His protection are constantly guiding, holding, and winning the war. Ephesians 6 continues to remind you to put on the full armor of God that you will be able to stand against the forces of evil that come against you (Ephesians 6:11 and 13-17).

Keep fighting, stand strong in the Lord, and trust in Him to see you through the battles. Even when you fall, fail to stay the course, or flat-out sin….stop, turn your eyes to the God of heaven, and cast your sin upon Him. Give it all to God (the bad, the ugly, the wicked)and with great love, mercy, and grace He will lift you up, give you strength to get back to the path of righteousness, and fill you with hope for a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

God is good! God is faithful!
Trust in Him, and in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths! (Proverbs 4:26)

All my love ❤

For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.
For what I am doing, I do not understand.
For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.
Romans 7:14-15

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Walking Contradiction

Lord I feel you
Know you are directing me

But still I struggle
Who am I?
How do I know?

Shame and guilt still reside
My heart cries out

I want not more pain
I want to live in you

I am a walking contradiction
In a love-hate relationship with myself

I know Satan wants to use me
Beat me and destroy my hope and future
He wants me to fail
Constantly he banters
You are carnal
You are not worthy, hopeless and lost

Indeed that is true
A sinner I will always be

But You gave Your all to set me free
Why can’t I let go?
What will it take?