|It’s Saturday morning, and I’m preparing for our monthly Pavilion Worship Gathering tonight at Peninsula Baptist Church in Gig Harbor (by the way, if you're free tonight at 6:30, come join us!). As I was praying over this time this morning, the Holy Spirit brought to mind a worship song that I learned in the 1980’s called, simply, “Praise The Lord.” I looked it up on the internet because I couldn’t remember all the lyrics, and the words of the chorus impacted me in a fresh way. It goes like this:
Praise the Lord! He will work through those who praise Him,
Praise the Lord! For our God inhabits praise!
Praise the Lord – for the chains that seem to bind you,
Serve only to remind you that they drop powerless behind you,
When you praise Him!
Then the second verse of the song goes on to make some powerful declarations:
Now Satan is a liar, and he wants to make us think
That we are paupers when he knows himself we’re children of the King!
So lift up the mighty shield of faith, for the battle must be won
We know that Jesus Christ has risen, and the work’s already done!
Praise the Lord!
This is why we gather as the people of God in a city to praise Jesus Christ, to declare His power and worth, and to agree with Heaven concerning who we are as His children, and with His desire that the will of God to be done on the earth as it is in His presence.
Worship is the essential element of spiritual warfare, and when we gather together as God’s people, not separated by denomination or theological position, we stand as one in agreement with Him and with His purposes on earth.
Wherever you are today, whatever physical location or spiritual condition you’re in, give yourself to worshipping the King of Glory. If you can find other believers to join with in this, all the better! It’s more important than any other activity you can give yourself to, for the worship of Jesus and the glory of God is the eternal priority of Heaven.
Let it be so! Amen.
Gary Wiens, 6/16/2017