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November Elder Insight

Our heavenly Father desires our life to be immersed with praise and worship. Romans 12:1: "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship."
We gather together with other believers on Sunday morning to ask the Lord’s blessings. We praise God in song for His love and faithfulness and for the gift of His Son. We humbly bow down before Him as we prepare our hearts to receive His Word. We magnify and exalt His name together (Psalm 34:3). This is a great way to begin a week but it is only a small part of what God desires for our life.
Ephesians 5:18-20: "Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Colossians 3:16: "Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts."
Paul never wrote that we were to give thanks only during the worship service or to make music in our hearts only when we gather together with other believers. His instructions were crystal clear.  Do it always and for everything. The music of praise and worship to God should always be a major part of our Christian journey.
This is a real challenge as the world teaches us to put ourselves first and in charge of our own destiny. We cannot be taken captive by this worldly philosophy (Colossians 2:8) and need to learn to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs3:5). This involves releasing control to our Lord and trusting fully in Him. Faithfully trusting in the Lord makes us capable of praising Him in every situation.
Psalm 96:1-2: "Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!  Sing to the Lord; praise his name."  Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Our prayer can be like the praise song, that the Lord would prepare us to be a living sanctuary to Him.  Sanctuary means a place that is sacred and holy, a place of worship. We ask the Lord to prepare our lives to be a sacred and holy place of worship! What a wonderful goal for us as believers.
As followers of Christ, our real purpose in life is to daily bring Him glory and honor. We all face difficult circumstances in our daily lives but we are exhorted to live those moments in praise and worship. The way we walk through our trials should all be done through a heart devoted to worship.
We should allow the Holy Spirit that resides within us to let the music of our heart sing out with praise and worship not only on Sunday but in each and every day of the week. Allow the Lord to make us His holy sanctuary.

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