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What Hurts the Heart of Jesus? Day 13

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Scripture: Psalm 96:7-9 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.

Devotional:  Ascribe means to attribute something to.  When you ascribe to the Lord glory and strength, you are acknowledging His power and His sovereignty in this world. 

This psalm reminds us to continually give God the glory and honor that He is due. Not only is that something that is done in His courts, meaning the designated place for worship, which for us would be the church, but it is also to be done in all areas of our life.  In these days of not having the opportunity to gather collectively in the church, it’s more important than ever to carry out our worship in our everyday lives as we acknowledge His holiness and splendor. 

You are doing that now as you are taking time for this devotional.  You’re reading His Word and pausing to reflect upon what He might be speaking to you. You can also do so through listening to or singing songs of worship, praising Him for who He is.  You can do so by praying, not only for your needs, but interceding for others.  You can worship Him through serving others, especially in this time of crisis when so many people are filled with fear and anxiety.

However you do it, start each day with ascribing to Him the glory due Him. 

Reflect:

  • Use this psalm to praise Him today:

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
 Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s
Psalm 103:1-5

What Hurts the Heart of Jesus? Day 12

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Scripture: Psalm 119:7 I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.

Devotional: Today’s passage brings to mind something that we don’t often think of when we think of acts of worship, and that is learning and memorizing the Word of God.  Typically we think of singing, praying, or giving our tithes and offerings when we worship. But this passage helps us to see how writing the Word of God upon our heart is an act of praise. 

When you think about it, the more you learn and memorize the Word of God, the more you know God and how to please Him. Having His words engrained in your heart and mind helps you to be a living sacrifice more easily. 

So praise Him today with an upright heart as you learn His laws!

Reflect:

  • If you are not already systematically memorizing the Word of God, would you commit one verse a week to memory?
  • Begin with today’s passage.

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