Worship Devotions

The saddest sacrifice

“Why, my soul, are you cast down? Why do you groan within me? Wait for God; I will yet thank Him. For He is my deliverance and my God.” ~ Psalm 42:11

When your very soul is bowed down under the weight of life’s burdens, when you are full of tumultuous chaos, rage or anguish, the path forward out of that deep, inner pain is to worship God. It’ll probably be the last thing you want to do in those moments, but it’s should be your very first response in all things. Why? Because worship is entirely God-centered. Worship redirects your mind and spirit away from your problems and fixes them onto the Lord, our problem solver. Will that make your problems go away? No, not usually! So, why make worship your number one priority when times are tough? Because continual worship will give you the continual strength you need to overcome, to experience victory, because God will fight for His worshippers.

When you least feel like it in your emotions, that is when it is the most vital to worship with your greatest passion, setting aside everything else, sacrificing it, to worship Him

Psalm 22:3 says that the Lord dwells within the praise of His people. That is where you need to remain- in His powerful, miracle-working presence, ministering to Him.

In His presence is all you need, including joy to sustain you until His work in your problems is complete. He will breakthrough with deliverance on your behalf, honoring your sacrifice. When you least feel like it in your emotions, that is when it is the most vital to worship with your greatest passion, setting aside everything else, sacrificing it, to worship Him.

In His presence are the miracles you need in your life. In His presence is His power, so get into His presence and don’t leave. Thanksgiving will get you there. In Psalm 42:5, the Psalmist wrote, “I will yet thank Him”- meaning that his answer had not “yet” arrived and at the same time, he knew a fresh reason to worship with thanksgiving was on its way. His faith was proven by his worship and anticipation that God was coming, even while he groaned for deliverance.

Thought for today

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful to Him and bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4) Hide yourself in the presence of the Lord when the storms rage around you by worshipping. His presence is the safest place for the soul. The enemy will try to distract your focus. Look to Him alone. He’s the only One who can rescue you- and He will.

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