Let me start out with admitting this is all stolen borrowed from Pastor Randy’s sermon this past Sunday. It is well worth listening to if you missed it.
I love this quote from Temple who was Archbishop of Canterbury (1942-44).
To worship is:
to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God,
to feed the mind with the truth of God,
to purge the imagination by the beauty of God,
to open the heart to the love of God,
to devote the will to the purpose of God.
Do you regularly spend time with God in worshipping, praying, praising and thanking God, reading the Bible, etc.? Is that comfortable for you or does it sound foreign? Do you have a desire for those activities – or others – that would bring you into a deeper relationship with God?
Experts say it takes 21 repetitions to create a habit. Men will you take a 21-day praise challenge? For the next three weeks – 21 days – select one thing you will do to make praise a part of your life. Here are some thoughts:
- Read one praise psalm each morning. (Suggestion: focus on Psalms 146-150; either read a different one each day or pick one and read it every day.) Read slowly and reflectively. Reread it. Spend at least five minutes with the psalm.
- Praise God for who he is. Make a list of God’s attributes (see #6, above), and spend at least five minutes praising God for who he is because of those attributes. You could focus on one attribute each day, one letter of the alphabet each day, or praise through your whole list each day.
- Read a devotional book. There are many books and booklets available that can point your thoughts toward God and his Word: My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers; Our Daily Bread (a booklet published quarterly or available online at www.odb.org); Here and Now or other books by Henri Nouwen. Many resources are available electronically; check out www.ebible.com (available directly and on The City).
- Discover your worship personality.* Where and how do you best find God? Do you find him in nature? Then find a spot to soak in his creation and praise him for what you see there.
Brother in Arms