A Moment To Praise 9.14.20

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Praising God

I have to tell you…it was SO good to be back in worship together at the church. I know that the surroundings had changed a bit from the last time we were together, and we had to adhere to some guidelines that we may not like having in place, but should be used to by now. The one thing I did notice was this: if we allowed ourselves to remember that we were entering into God’s Holy House, and if we had prepared our hearts to meet the Holy Spirit there, none of those outside worldly issues mattered! And I felt that they didn’t. On Sunday, you could feel the genuine atmosphere of joy and excitement of being able to worship together again! Hallelujah!

The thing that I have most missed most during our time away from the church was being able to sing praises together as a group to God in His house. There is such a feeling of unity and closeness when we worship with each other that cannot be found anywhere else. The scripture today talks about that exact feeling:

A Moment To Praise 9.14.20 in Scripture

Psalm 34:1-4

Let us praise the Lord together and exalt His name! Amen to that! Think about how much better the world would be if we saw acts of mercy and praise plastered on our television daily. How much more hopeful and joyous would our souls would feel? Think of how God would delight in us if we, His people, publicly praised Him in all situations. In times of joy and in times of persecution, He has told us to lift up our lives to Him! In return, He has promised to be our Savior, Healer, and our Deliverer in all things!

I don’t know about you, but I need to remember that! I get caught up in the world around us, as I’m sure some of you do too. We start to think that we are the only ones who don’t agree with the anger circulating in this world today. Then I read this passage and see that God expects us to be more focused on Him and what He did for us than the world and the things of this life.

Remember His Word

We must remember that Jesus told us that in this world, there will be trouble, but He has overcome this world. That is something for us to think about! If everyone would remember that and then make the choice to worship God and elevate Him and His ways, not elevate this world and its ways, things would look a whole lot different around here!

Let’s be the ones who start a new world trend.  Let us show the world God’s love through praise to Him in all times and in all situations. Let’s not let the world dictate how we feel, but instead let the truth of God’s love and grace guide our thoughts and actions.  Wouldn’t it be great to see Christians who flow out into the streets and spread God’s joy on the evening news? We can show people that there is a different way to live!

A Moment To Praise 9.14.20 in Song

Check out this new favorite song of mine! I would love to see the activity in this video on the 6 o’clock news!

Every Praise” by Hezekiah Walker: https://youtu.be/UuuZMg6NVeA

Praise God and have a good week!