Psalm 23

This worship song is a reworking of Psalm 23, which we all know:
“The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord. Forever.”

In times of loneliness, let us remember that the Lord is indeed our shephard and ever present help, our comforter in times of distress. He is with us forever and His Holy Spirit has been sent to dwell with us here on earth always. We can find peace in the knowledge that God is always with us and we have a reason to sing hallelujah to our Father who art in Heaven, but never leaves us alone. He is our comfort, He always holds us close. Hallelujah!

Photo provided by unsplash-logoBiegun Wschodni

Great Are You Lord+Good Good Father

This past Sunday we celebrated Father’s Day with many people in the morning service taking a couple minutes to share with the congregation what their father means to them.

Let us never forget how our fathers have impacted and shaped our lives, good or bad. However, ultimately it is our Father in heaven who has the final say and the most influence on our lives. It is our Great Father in heaven who knows us all better than we know ourselves and who has already ordained a divine and victorious will for our lives. The Bible says,

Jeremiah 29:11 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Let us worship our Father in heaven, remembering how perfect He is in all of His ways, how faithful and true He is. How He never changes. He is the highest standard for fatherhood and what we should strive for in parenting our children.

Thank you, Father, for showing me the depths of Your love. Amen.

Photo provided by: unsplash-logoChris Benson

This Is The Air I Breathe

Are you desperate for God? Is your worship an act of desperation? We should always come to God with an expectancy because He loves us and is the only one who can grant the desires of our hearts. But is your temple worthy?

1 Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
Ephesians 2:21-22 “In [Jesus] the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in [Jesus] you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”

A Prayer for the Ephesians

Ephesians 3: 14-21 “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”

Photo provided by: unsplash-logoTaylor Ann Wright

Flow To You

What is your desire and what is your prayer this morning? It can be so easy to get distracted and off course in our lives, no matter your age or circumstance. It can be easy to forget why we worship God and do the things we do in obedience to him. The Bible says in Romans 7 that we do the things we do not wish to do because of our sinful nature; our natural flesh has desires of its own contrary to what God intends for us. Worship is a form of discipline to strengthen our spirit-man to overcome the desires of our flesh because as believers and worshippers of God we have life in the Holy Spirit:

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the powera]”>[a] of the life-giving Spirit has freed youb]”>[b] from the power of sin that leads to death.” –Romans 8:1-2

Worshiping God is an act of obedience and surrender. Surrendering what we think is right in order to obtain the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Honoring the Lord God our Savior for all that He has already done, even if He does nothing else for us from this day forward. Yet hoping and believing that the best is yet to come. So let all your worship and all your praise flow to the one and only God this morning! Selah.

Photo provided by: unsplash-logoRichie Lugo

Made A Way

This young man is 15 years old, praising God with a song with lyrics that describe a testimony every single follower of Christ can attest to. Think about those difficult circumstances in your life, even the ones you thought got the better of you – Are you still standing? Are you still living and breathing and covered with God’s grace and mercy? That is because He made a way for you, even when we turn our backs on Him – He still wants the best for us all. Only the love of God can make that possible, only He can move mountains and cause walls to fall and we have no idea how He does it, but aren’t you grateful? Are you not humbled? Are you not blessed??

This young is pouring out his heart to God, and we may not know why but we have every reason to be like him. We have every reason to give God all the praise and all the worship.

You made a way
When our backs were against the wall
And it looked as if it was over
You made a way
And we’re standing here
Only because You made a way
You made a way

Deuteronomy 10:21: He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.

Ephesians 3:20-21: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.

unsplash-logoKai Gradert

Akekho Ofana Nojesu (There is No One Like Jesus)

The song says:
There is no one like Jesus
I have traveled everywhere
I have looked everywhere
I have searched everywhere
There is no one like Him!

You don’t have to understand the language to feel the power of the praise of the people of God! See how they dance and move and shout to God? Aren’t they having a great time praising God together? We should strive to have the same or better praise and worship experience no matter who we are, where we are, or the circumstances we face! God deserves the all the glory and the honor and the praise! Don’t let the rocks and stones cry out in your place, praise God now and always. Selah!

Psalm 150:1-6 “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!”
Ephesians 5:19 “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.
Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Photo provided by: unsplash-logoHanna Morris

The Lord’s Prayer

Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer and this week our focus is on becoming better praying Christians. It is always good to remember the importance of setting the atmosphere around you as well as in your mind so that your prayers are heard.

Last night in Bible study, Pastor Charles read from Matthew 6 and reminded us of the importance of our posture when coming before the Lord in prayer. Pastor reminded us to be purposeful and genuine, to set up our prayers to be heard by the Lord. Today in your worship, meditate on the words of this song and prepare your heart to pray words that are thankful, humble, powerful, and intentional for your life, your purpose, the church, the community, and the kingdom of God.

Let the group know what you are praying for so that we may all add it to our prayer lists in agreement with what God has in store for your life and for others through you! Amen.

Photo provided by: unsplash-logowhoislimos

I’m Yours

I’m  Yours – William McDowell

“Whatever You ask of me, I surrender!” How pleasing is that declaration to God? And how true is it in your relationship with Him? Are you willing, in every aspect of your life, to surrender to God? What does that look like? The bible says:

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

Romans 12:1 “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

Romans 6:13 “and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

Photo provided by:unsplash-logoSteve Halama

By Myself

By Myself – Deon Kipping

The song says we can’t make it without God! By ourselves, it won’t work. But God is our ever-present help, all-powerful and righteous. Let us praise Him, trusting Him in all things! Amen.

Hebrews 13:5-6: “5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”[a] 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”[b]

Psalm 27:9: “Do not hide Your face from me; do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.”

Psalm 37:40: “And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.”

Psalm 115:11: “You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.”

Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:13: “For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’

Photo provided by: unsplash-logoAvel Chuklanov