Worship is preceded by study

“In worship we reflect on all that God is and does and offer our praise and gratitude. To worship is to, as much as is possible, see God in full glory and worthiness. That is why so often worship is preceded by study. We seek to understand who God is and remember all that God has done, and then all we can do is marvel and adore. We can only enter into worship of God if we view God as worthy, if we understand our proper place in our relationship with God.”

Excerpt From

Year with God

Richard J. Foster

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/year-with-god/id1082411955?mt=11

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The hand of God with Ezra

One thing that has always stood out to me with Ezra was his commitment to the Law of the Lord. He gave himself to seeking the kingdom.

There is this last line in Ezra 7:9 — “…for the gracious hand of his God was on him.” Followed by this explanation in v. 10:

For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.

May we have a hunger for the Word, for the Kingdom, for ALL that is available to us! And may we observe the rule of our King!

 

God’s Best

I was glancing through one of my Bibles on my desk, and this handwritten note stood out: “Do we want God’s best or not?”

This is THE question of the day for me. And I was given a bit of a test in it. I’m fairly sure I passed… but the initial feelings aren’t always “victorious.”

However, the deepest part of my longs for God’s best. This is what I insist on in my life. Even through painful decisions.

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