Prayer Worship

Scripture

“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!”  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭141:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Observation

Our prayer and worship is an offering of praise to the Lord.

Application

We often come to prayer with our own agenda in mind. We want to receive something from our Heavenly Father.  Prayer is an opportunity to lift our praise and worship to the Lord. In prayer we recognize the eternal work behind our temporary circumstances. May our prayers be an act of worship and and expression of praise to our Lord who is working behind the scenes of our lives. 

Prayer

Lord today may my prayer be a wonderful fragrance of praise and worship to You.

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Instrument of Praise

Scripture

“Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!  Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!”  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭150:3-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Observation

Our praise is expressed in many ways and the Psalmist is calling for everything that breathes to praise the Lord.

Application

The life we live is made possible by the breath we breath. The air that fills our lungs is a byproduct of the creation God has created. Our Lord is the source of life and we are called to praise the Lord with the instrument of our choice. Individually we all have something to contribute to the symphony of praise. It may be an instrument we play, a voice we proclaim, or a skill we express. No matter what the instrument of choice we are called to “praise the Lord, praise the Lord”!

Prayer

Lord today I praise you.  I will use the instruments of my life to express my praise and glorify you.  Praise the Lord, praise the Lord!

Joyful Worship

Scripture

“I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭9:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Observation

Gladness and celebration flows from our worship thus we sing praises to the Lord, Most High. 

Application

We are looking for gladness and celebration in life. We want a sense of thrill in our ordinary and often routine lives. Where will we find such joy?  The psalmist reveals that it will be found in the worship of our Heavenly Father.  It is in our worship that we are transported into the presence of a holy and glorious God. He is beyond routine but is magnificent and glorious. In his presence there is joy unspeakable. 

Prayer

Lord, may I find the gladness and joy I am looking for in you alone. Today may I seek to praise and glorify you for in you there is celebration and jubilation. 

Exalt

Scripture

“Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!”  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭99:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Observation

We exalt the Lord above all else.  We worship at his feet and cry holy.

Application

We extol, praise, esteem, and revere our holy God. There is no better place than to be at the feet of our Lord. 

Prayer

Lord we praise you and exalt you. May you always be the focus of our lives as we seek to glorify you. 

Heart Praise

Scripture

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭28:7‬ ‭ESV‬

Observation

The Lord protects and my heart finds refuge in him. Praise rises up within my being and I give thanks to the Lord. 

Application

The Lord provides strength and a shield against those things that can steer our hearts toward restlessness and fear. When anxiety rises the Word of God speaks into our heart words of peace and comfort. 

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:4-7

The Lord turns our restlessness to rest and praise and worship rises up out of the comfort and guidance the Lord provides. 

Prayer

Lord, I praise you and exalt you for my heart finds rest in your strength.  Today may praise rise up from the depths of my life and be ever present on my lips.