Come let us now down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, for He is our God and we are the flock under His care. Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts… Psalm 95:6-8a NIV
First thing every morning I make my coffee, find my Bible and sit in the same chair to pray. But commendable as it is to be consistent, real worship isn’t about the position or our words. Worship begins instead only as we listen with softened hearts, ready to hear what God has to say.
He is our Creator. All we are and have came from Him. He never asks us to give anything that didn’t come from His hands.
He is our Shepherd. We belong to Him and He will never lead us anywhere that He will not go. Our Good Shepherd has committed Himself to His sheep and true worship is simply a reflection of His great love! So this morning without fear or second thoughts let’s give Him praise!
On the day of our creation
God made the wondrous nose
So we could smell what Mom was cooking
And we could sniff the fragrant rose
When we’re sick it’s always running
When we’re happy then it glows
And it twinkles when were laughing
And turns up at smelly toes!
But the best thing that it tells us
And of everything it knows
Is the air is always sweetest
In the garden where Christ rose!
Wondrous Nose by Peter Caligiuri © 2020 All rights reserved
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. Matthew 10:29
In Jesus’ day sparrows were common and held value only for what brief use anyone might have of them. Sometimes I have wondered, why Jesus tells us that God watches sparrows. After all God is everywhere and He also watches eagles, lions and even alligators (We have 1.3 million of them in Florida)! But unlike animals with talons, claws and teeth, sparrows have no offensive weapons. Instead their only hope is that in the moment of danger they will fly to safety.
Have you ever felt like a sparrow? Apparently many of Jesus’ listeners did. They had been oppressed by Romans, exploited by their own religious leaders and despised by the rich. But when Jesus came they hung on His every word because He was someone who loved to spend time with them and who invited them to come to Him. Have you ever considered that God also loves spending time with you so much that He sent His own Son with the invitation to share eternity with Him. That is an invitation without an expiration date because the God who watches sparrows also He watches you and me.