Faith, Worship

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Sometimes I hear, even Christians, namedropping, boasting in who they know, who their connections are and what their fancy titles are. I love them, but I just don’t care who they know or who they’re connected with (at all).

No, it’s Who they know – big W.

And are they walking with Him? And isn’t He the best ever?

If you want to boast about your connections, the “big” ministries who know you, or that you know people who rake in millions, you’re telling the wrong child of God.

Yawn city. Not impressed. *head bobbing because you’re putting me to sleep*

The things of this world have grown strangely dim (as the hymn reminds us it would) when up against knowing Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Living God. The Word says in Jeremiah 17:5, “Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes the arm of flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD.”

God wants His children to be successful and to bless the work of our hands, but what does that have to do with who we know? Nothing!

For His Word says He’s our Father, Promoter, Provider, Keeper, Deliverer, Savior, Blesser, Refuge, the One who gives us the power to get wealth and surrounds us with favor as with a shield.

Let us glory in God alone!

Psalm 34:2-9

I will glory in the Lord;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
    let us exalt His name together.

I sought the Lord, and He answered me;
    He delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to Him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard Him;
    He saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
    and He delivers them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.
Fear the Lord, you His holy people,
    for those who fear Him lack nothing.

Worship

“I, The Lord of Sea and Sky (Here I Am, Lord)” by National Youth Choir of Scotland

“Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” (1 Sam 3:1-4).

“But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven,” (Matt 19:14).

This song never fails to move my heart. For such is the kingdom of heaven.

Here are the lyrics:

I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard My people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin,
My hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear My light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have born my peoples pain.
I have wept for love of them, They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak My word to them,

Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them,
My hand will save
Finest bread I will provide,
Till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give My life to them,
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart

Worship

Let Heaven and Nature Sing! (And Indeed They Do)

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“Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice.”

PSALM 96:11-12

I don’t know how I manage to miss verses like the ones you just read and forget about them until the Lord brings them back to me once more. I pray I never forget them now.

The heavens rejoice. The earth can be glad.

The sea roars. Fields and its creatures are full of joy.

And even the trees rejoice!

I say unabashedly, the first time I took my dog outside after Psalm 96:11-12 was recently highlighted to me by the Lord tears streamed down my face as I beheld the towering trees, lifting their branches like holy hands unto His throne.

They were rejoicing unto the Lord in a frequency outside of human range. All of them. It was utterly beautiful. Tears well up once again as I write this for the beauty of the Lord never fails to move me.

“Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth,” (Psalm 96:9).

How true are the words to the Christmas song, JOY TO THE WORLD, that heaven and nature do indeed sing unto the Lord and glorify Him with their voices.

Here is the first verse of JOY TO THE WORLD

Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

O Lord Jesus, that every heart upon the earth prepare You room!

Then to further confirm His Word to me which He loves to do for His kiddos, a video appeared on my timeline entitled, “Did you know that ice can sing? – Ice sounds – singing ice.”

When I read those words, I joked, as I often do with Him, “Lord, are You trying to drown me in my own tears or what?”

The verse where He bottles my tears immediately came to my remembrance. “Ha Ha, Lord, You must be bottling them to keep me safe from drowning apparently.”

And of course, He bottles our tears because they are precious to Him as well as powerful prayers and worship unto Him.

Have a listen to nature singing unto the Lord with this amazing video that confirms His Word…

You can hear it best at the beginning of the video as towards the end, there’s background music and singing as well.

May we never lose our childlike wonder and awe of the Lord, His beauty, and the beauty of all His creation. We are surrounded by an unending chorus of worship unto God!

Wow, Lord! Just wow! You are worthy to be praised and worshiped by all the earth. Literally.

“But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out,” (Luke 19:40).

O heavens, where did I put that box of tissues?!