Sunday Praise

LORD, You alone are GOD. We bow before Your majesty, joining creation to declare Your glory.

  by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011

 The book, Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, shows the root meaning of “sabbath” is cessation.  In other words, a “sabbath” is a time to cease from activity.  The Sabbath was instituted by God in the Old Testament.  Since the time shortly after Pentecost, most Christians have chosen to take this day of “rest” on Sunday versus the 7th day of rest (Saturday) of Old Testament times.

Truly God is honored when we take a day to stop doing.  It is what He asked from us in the Old Testament and even today obedience to this concept is an expression of our trust in God as LORD (Master, Boss) and ultimate provider.  Instead of doing and doing some more as if it were in our power to make sure we have enough if we just work hard enough, when we choose to stop and rest as God requests, not only is it good for our bodies, but it let’s God know we trust that when we obey Him, He will fulfill His promise to ensure we have “enough”.

For the Christian community, this day of rest has also become a focused time of concentration on God.  It is the day of the week when many of us choose to consciously worship Him.  Though worship of God is for EVERY day, not just Sunday, in honor of the tradition to seek Him corporately on Sunday through worship, here is a beautiful psalm, focusing on honoring God as Lord.

So together, “6 Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” (Ps. 95:6-7 NIV)

PSALM 29 (NIV)

1 Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory & strength.

2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.

5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.

8 The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.

9 The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare.  All in his temple cry, “Glory!”

10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

PRAYER

LORD God, our strength is from You; our peace is from You.  You are all in all and everything. This we know full well.  How we delight to rest in You this day, reflecting on Your majesty, reveling in who You are without worry or care.  You alone are God; You alone are the holy One.  You love us more than we will ever understand and as all-knowing, all-powerful parent You provide for us perfectly.  Thank You that You give us rest.  We look to You alone for all things and place our complete trust in You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

Selah!  (Pause and calmly think of that!)  May your Sunday be blessed with an ever-increasing sense of His Presence, which you carry with you into the week.  May His Spirit refresh you as you rest in Him, coming like the river of life from heaven which He is and quench your deepest thirst.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

END

UPCOMING DEVOTION:  TENDING KINGDOM FINANCIAL CROPS

Remember to view the new song, “One Nation Under God” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  Share the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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