Four key parts of our love-relationship with God.
SUMMARY: Praise, thankfulness, worship and listening to God: these are four key parts of our love relationship with God. Each strengthens the others, they all feed into each other. They synergize. They help us grow closer to Jesus.
let’s sing to the LORD. This is a call to sing to the LORD God, to praise him in song.
Singing is like the delicate and respectful talk, the romantic chitchat, between people who are in love. They say loving things to one another, perhaps in almost poetic ways.
Similarly, in our love relationship with the LORD God, we sing with words of love.
Let’s shout aloud. We want to shout with joy to the LORD God who saves us!
come before his presence with thanksgiving. This is a call to be thankful, to thank the LORD God for the many blessings in our lives.
Our thankfulness, or lack thereof, sends a message. Do we care about the many blessings in our lives? Do we notice them? Do we take them for granted? Are we appreciative?
Some people going through a tough time right now. Perhaps difficulties have almost taken over their lives. But there are things to be thankful for.
We’re alive! We’re not in complete misery! We’re not starving! Our lives are worth living! We can make it one more day! We have the hope of eternal life!
If there are days when you are not thankful, this too shall pass. David had days when he wasn’t able to thank God at all.
David faced many difficulties. He wrote plenty of despairing Psalms. But as soon as he was able, he got back to thankfulness.
One practical way to thank God each day is to have a gratitude journal. It’s a notebook or a word processing file. Each day, you write into it some things you’re thankful for, maybe three or four or five.
let’s worship and bow down. This is a call to worship God, to worship God by the posture of our body. We bow down.
Our worship begins in our heart. But then, it goes out and motivates our body to do things.
We bow before God Almighty: not in terror or fear, but in respectful love. We bow or kneel before God, out of love and respect.
VERSE 7. for he is our God. We are the people of his pasture, and the sheep in his care. Today, oh that you would hear his voice!
hear his voice! This is a call to listen: to listen to God. We are called hear his voice.
We Christians are good at saying prayers. We repeat memorized prayers, and we make up prayers to say. That’s good.
And yet there’s a call to go beyond the saying of prayers, and to listen. We’re to listen to God.
Listening is a big part of any relationship. If we love someone, we listen to him or her. If we won’t listen to them, we don’t love them.
Similarly, in our love relationship with God, we take time to listen to him. We’ll eventually find a way to listen to him, in ways appropriate to our lives.
In order to listen, we must be quiet. We need silence. Can you create a time of silence each day, to listen to God, to listen for his voice in your life?
Silence is difficult for most of us There are a thousand things going on all the time and a thousand more to get ready for.
And yet we have a deep need to make progress in this area. We are to spend time each day listening to God.
A fantastic way to listen to God is to establish a daily practice of Contemplative Prayer.
Hebrews 4:7. he again defines a certain day, today, saying through David so long a time afterward (just as has been said), “Today if you will hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.”
Hebrews 3:8. don’t harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, like as in the day of the trial in the wilderness,
VERSE 10. Forty long years I was grieved with that generation, and said, “It is a people that errs in their heart. They have not known my ways.”
Hebrews 4:5. and in this place again, “They will not enter into my rest.”
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