Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4 Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls? My husband and I celebrated Christmas in Niagara Falls last year. As we stood next to the Canadian Falls, I noticed people’s expressions. They were mesmerized at the powerful force of nature before them and awe stricken of God‘s beauty — this is humanity’s reaction when we experience something beyond ourselves. Likewise, when we enter into the presence of God, worship should follow because we are experiencing…

    “The LORD shall reign for ever and ever,” (Exodus 15:18 from the Holy Bible, King James). Moses and the Israelites sang praises to God after they crossed the Red Sea on dry ground. After a miracle like that, who could help but sing? Emotions exuded hope and expectation. Miriam danced with a timbrel, a tambourine, in her hand and all the women followed. With joy in the camp, they sang in honor of the eternal God. Today is your time to dance and sing.
    Prayer : I honor You God with a song from my lips and a dance in my feet. Amen.
    Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. (Psalm 100:2, Holy Bible, New Living Translation).

How many times have you entered a sanctuary or a place of worship saddened by life’s situations? You may have been there from an obligatory sense of duty or attended from habit. Perhaps your intentions were good, but your prayers shifted to complaints, hoping that God would see how unfair life has been to you. Your problems made it difficult to immerse yourself in worship. Joy was absent.

When life is a downer, don’t wait for joy to find you. Try the opposite. Worship with gusto. Sing with joy even if you don’t feel it. Your positive attitude can make a difference in your life and be an example to others.

Prayer: Lord, I will lay aside my problems and complaints when I enter the sanctuary. I will remember the words of the Psalmist and worship You with gladness with songs of joy. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore