READING: Psalm 95, 97, 98, 99
TEXTS AND APPLICATION: All of these psalms focus on worshiping the King with our lifestyle and our words. Several reasons to worship the King today are apparent:
1. He is both our Creator and our Shepherd. The same God “whose sea is His” and who formed the dry land (Psa. 95:5) not only created us, but He also called us to Himself and made us His sheep. He is a glorious God who chooses to be personal.
Psa. 95:6-7 Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, the sheep under His care.
2. All the gods will worship Him. The Bible is full of descriptions of false gods who have eyes but cannot see, ears but cannot hear, and mouths but cannot speak. In the end, God alone is God, and all other powers will bow to Him. I read this text, and I realize just how foolish we are when we choose to follow our own gods (e.g., money, position, fame, power, lust, etc.).
Psa. 97:7 All who serve carved images, those who boast in idols, will be put to shame. All the gods must worship Him.
3. He has made Himself known to us. This God who is so worthy of worship was not under obligation to make Himself known, but He has chosen to spread His glory to the earth through calling out His people. His coming to earth in Jesus to love us, die for us, and save us is nothing less than miraculous.
Psa. 98:2 The has made His victory known; He has revealed His righteousness
4. He is holy. This truth brings us full circle to point #1 above. Our most proper response is simply to bow before Him, exalt His name, and follow Him in obedience throughout this day.
Psa. 98:9 Exalt the our God; bow in worship at His holy mountain, for the our God is holy.
PRAYER: Let’s commit ourselves to worshiping God today with our heart, our words, and our actions. He is indeed worthy of our praise.
TOMORROW’S READING: 2 Samuel 24, 1 Chronicles 21-22, Psalm 30