Friday, 6 January 2017

FREEDOM TO WORSHIP

(Approximate reading time; 3 minutes)

Happy New Year, friends!!!

I pray you’re doing well.
It is my hope and desire that this year, the Lord shall lead us all not only to physical and psychological wellness, but to a deeper spiritual awareness of Him.

May we dwell in His house all the days of 2017, to do two things;
(i)                 Gaze upon His beauty, and

(ii)               Seek Him in his temple (Psalms 27.4).




Speaking of the Psalms, there has been an awe that has filled me for the past few days about this book; the poetry, the diction, the doxology, the literary skill therein...

It is this awe that took me to the 105’th Psalm.


The first few verses already set you in the mood for worship.



The chapter ‘tells of all his wondrous works’ (v. 2) and urges us to ‘remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered’ (v. 5). It then narrates God’s faithfulness in keeping His promise throughout the history of the Israelites; from the time of Abraham, to the time of the famine and Joseph rescuing them, to slavery in Egypt, and finally, to freedom from Egypt and His glorious provision for their needs while in the wilderness.
The final verse declares why God did all this for them; “...that they might keep his statutes and observe his laws.” The conclusion; “Praise the LORD!” (v. 45)

Backtrack to Exodus 8.1, and God’s reason is confirmed;
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go back to Pharaoh and announce to him, “This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they can worship me...” ‘ “



God was setting them free from slavery so that they could worship Him.

...but then the question arises; “How is that relevant to me in the 21st Century? We are not slaves to anyone? The Constitution has accorded me freedoms that I am already enjoying...”


Believe it, the Jews asked Jesus the same kind of question in John 8.
Here’s how that conversation went down.


We have been freed from sin by the power of Christ’s cross so that we may live in freedom from slavery and worship God.

And that is the case of the Christian; that we can now worship God in spirit and in truth, freed from the hook of sin’s claws, and not letting sin reign in our mortal bodies that we should obey its passions; we may now present ourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, from darkness to light.

Isn't this why Christ said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”?





And how can we do this?
By submitting ourselves to God...for then shall we resist the devil and he flees (James 4.7).

By drawing near to God...for then shall He draw near to you (James 4.8).

By humbling yourself before the Lord...for then shall He exalt you (James 4.10).

By hungering and thirsting for righteousness...for then shall we be filled...and blessed (Matthew 5.6).

By going to Him all we who are weary and heavy-laden...for then shall He give us rest (Matthew 11.28).

And most importantly, by believing in His only begotten Son...for then shall we be granted eternal life (John 3.16).


Grace and Peace.

Soli Deo Gloria!

8 comments:

  1. Praise the Lord oh my soul , forget not His benefits.

    Thank you Mike Micheni

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    1. Indeed!
      Amen...

      Thanks, and be blessed...

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  2. Who the son sets free is free indeed!!

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    1. Amen!

      Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more...

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  3. Very inspiring... May the Lord continue using you for His Glory

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  4. This is a wonderful piece Mike.It's all about Jesus, we have been set free for Him not for ourselves. #coming back to the heart of worship

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    1. Heart of Worship indeed...
      Glory to God!

      Thanks, Joy! Stay tuned for more. :)

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