Delight in Worship

Meditating on Psalm 99.

The Lord reigns;
Let the peoples tremble!…
Let them praise Your great and awesome name—
He is holy. (Ps. 99:1, 3)

It was already late at night. My body was too weary to get up for my nightly private worship; weariness from being unwell and from the things I insist on doing despite my fragile health, like homemaking. The waiting for rest and comfort had gone too long so there was a need to slowly sit up and enter into praise. My body wanted to just sleep and my eyes to just remain closed. There are nights I really feel unwell and I just go to sleep, praising and praying silently in my heart. But not this night. It is still possible, for as long as we have breath we will praise the Lord.

Exalt the Lord our God,
And worship at His footstool—
He is holy. (v. 5)

I have to come before the merciful and majestic God for it is not possible that the rigors of the day be the ones entrenched in my heart and mind as I end the day. At the curtain call of my day, however tiring it might have been, the One who enabled me to perform, the True Performer, must receive the applause, the praise, admiration and glory. He is worthy!

For it is in His presence that real rest and comfort are received. For though we delight in the myriad things we do in our days, they are not the altar upon which we worship. They are only the different platforms upon which we perform our different roles and through which we give ourselves and service to others. 

But God is holy. His name is holy. We must come before Him with our sacrifice of praise and our spirits open, willing, and ready to fellowship with His Spirit. For though we delight in our performances, successes, and fruits of our labor, delighting in worship, with hunger and thirst for the living God, surpasses any other passions we may have. Have you experienced that genuine hunger and thirst for the Lord? It is both painful and exquisite! When He is set above all else in our lives, we have come to know our real calling, and the purpose and meaning of our lives. Hallelujah!

Moses and Aaron were among His priests,
And Samuel was among those who called upon His name;
They called upon the Lord, and He answered them.
He spoke to them in the cloudy pillar… (vv. 6-7)

Moses and Aaron were among His priests, but we also have received a royal priesthood. We are His chosen generation, His holy nation, His own special people. We have all the reasons to delight in Him in worship.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Pet. 2:9)

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Comments

  1. Lori says:

    It is a blessing to have energy – and yet our sacrifice is all the greater when our energy is depleted and we can still praise. Unfortunately I’m defeated too often by my own weaknesses and give in to sleep when the better choice would be to connect and praise. Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

    • RinaPeru says:

      That’s where the enemy delights in: when we give all our energy to chores then have no more time and energy left to spend in the presence of the King of king and Lord of lords! There is a need to fight it.

  2. Thanks for the encouragement. I needed to hear this today. God bless your ministry. (Visiting from Faith Filled Friday linkup.)

  3. Deanne says:

    Oh Rina, I wish I had a pinch of your strength!! I fail miserably! You continue to inspire me! May God restore your physical body!

    • RinaPeru says:

      I lean heavily on the Lord’s strength, Deanne. I don’t have my own. Thank you for your love and continued prayers for me! Blessings!

  4. That is a beautiful post and oh so true. Giving Him all praise and glory just fills my heart to overflowing, no matter my circumstances. Thank you. Stoppin by from Sharing His Beauty.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Yes, Mary, no matter the circumstances, bowing at His feet will make always everything alright for us. Blessings!

  5. Hazel Moon says:

    If we do not praise the Lord, the rocks will cry out! How wonderful your time of praise and meditation was to share with us here at Tell Me a Story.” God is great and greatly to be praised!

  6. Barbie says:

    He is so worthy of our praise, in good times and in bad. Blessings!

  7. jdukeslee says:

    Your words always point to a holy God, Rina. Grateful for your ministry here. How He delights in you!

  8. Sometimes, when worn out, exhausted, frustrated, not feeling well, the only thing I can do is worship Him. He’s the only answer, the only way to pour Himself into me more and more as I head to eternity with Him, whenever, wherever. That’s all I’ve got. That’s all anyone has.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Yes, yes, Joanne! Our neediest times are the best times to fling ourselves at Jesus feet and just surrender everything in worship!

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