March 31

All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In Your boundless mercy, Father, You have given me the privilege of being born again into Your Own Family!  Now I live in the sure hope of eternal life because Christ Your Son rose again from the dead. And You have reserved for Your children the priceless gift of eternal life, kept in Heaven for me…pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay! [1Peter 1:3-4]

My part in this Sacred Covenant Relationship with God

What is my part…my role…in this Sacred Covenant relationship with my God?  What am I TO DO in this relationship?  “What is the chief end of Man,” asks the Westminster Catechism?  God’s part in our Sacred Covenant relationship by which God and Man are joined inseparably together is to be for me all I would ever need or want or desire.  He has covenanted to pour all of His Blessedness and all of His Goodness into me, have intimate fellowship with me, and be one with me…just as They are One with One Another in that Blessed Holy Trinity.

A] Worship God:

The chief end of Man…what I am TO DO to fulfill my part in this Sacred Covenant relationship …is to worship God and enjoy Him forever; so states the Westminster Catechism in answer to the question, “What is the chief end of Man?”  God Himself has consecrated me and set me apart to worship Him.  “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a special possession, purchased by Myself and for Myself, that you may declare My praises…the praises of the One Who called you out of darkness into My marvelous light!  Now therefore, if you will obey My voice in truth and be careful to keep My covenant, then you shall be My Own treasured possession, from among and above all peoples…for all the Earth is Mine.  And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation…consecrated and set apart to the worship of God.” [1 Peter 2:9; Ex 19:5-6]

I am commanded: to worship God for Who He is…the One True Living God;
to praise Him for all He has done for the souls of humankind down through the ages;
to thank Him for all He has Personally done for me.  “Then I saw another angel flying in midair, with an Eternal Gospel to proclaim to the inhabitants of the Earth…to every race and tribe and language and people.  He cried out with a mighty voice, ‘Revere God and give Him Glory, honor and praise in worship, for the hour of His judgment has arrived.  Fall prostrate before Him; pay Him homage and adoration, and worship Him Who created Heaven and Earth, the sea and the springs of water!'” [Rev 14:6-7]
Stand up and praise the Lord your God, Who is from everlasting to everlasting!  Blessed be Your glorious Name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise!  You alone are the Lord!  You made the heavens…even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the Earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them.  You give life, to everything, and the multitudes of Heaven worship You! [Neh 9:5-6]
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  You have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.  From birth I have relied upon You; You brought me forth from my mother’s womb.  I will ever praise You!  I have become like a portent to many, but You are my strong refuge! My mouth is filled with Your praise, declaring Your splendor all day long! [1 Thess 5:16-18; Ps 71:5-8]

I have been consecrated and set apart, by God, to the worship of God.  Worship is not to be a part of my life that I consecrate to Him…it is to be ALL of my life…every thought I think, every word I speak, all that I do, encompassing every activity of my being…body, soul and spirit.  The story of my everyday life is to be worship in His eyes.
The Lord says: “These people come near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.” [Isa 29:13-14]
After removing Saul as king, the Lord made David their king.  He testified concerning him: “I have found David son of Jesse a man after My own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.”  David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord and had not failed to keep any of the Lord’s commands all the days of his life…except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.  Hezekiah also, whom the Lord told through His prophet Isaiah, “Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover from your illness.”  Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, O Lord, how I have walked before You faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in Your eyes.”  And he wept bitterly.  The Lord told His prophet Isaiah, “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of My people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.  On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord.  I will add fifteen years to your life.  And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria.  I will defend this city for My sake and for the sake of My servant David.'” [Acts 13:21-22; 1 Kings 15:5; 2 Kings 20:1-6]
If on Monday morning my manner of living…in the car, at the office, in the kitchen, at school…does not worship God, then I did not worship Him on Sunday at church either.  If all of my everyday manner of living does not worship God, then none of my life worships Him in a way that is good and pleasing and acceptable to Him.” [A. W. Tozer]

Worshiping God takes priority in every activity I am going to engage in before I ever begin…preaching, teaching, intercession, ministry, church meetings, everything.  In the Power of the Spirit, I am to come to the Throne of Grace, into the Presence of God, there to worship Him first, then to call on His Great Name and Mighty Power in the activity I am engaging in.  Shout aloud unto Jehovah, all the Earth!  Serve Jehovah with joy: come before His Presence with exultation!  Know that Jehovah is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture!  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise!  Give thanks unto Him, bless His name! For Jehovah is good; His loving-kindness endureth for ever; and His faithfulness from generation to generation! [Ps 100]

Worship is the primary activity of the heavenly beings in Heaven.  The Book of Revelation gives us the clearest picture of Heaven, the heavenly beings, and the continual worship that takes place there.  In like manner, then, worship is to be the primary activity of my life here on Earth.  Then I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels on every side of the Throne and of the living creatures and the elders, and they numbered ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands, saying in a loud voice, “Deserving is the Lamb, Who was sacrificed, to receive all the power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and majesty and blessing!”  And I heard every created thing in Heaven and on Earth and under the Earth and on the sea and all that is in it, crying out together, “To Him Who is seated on the Throne and to the Lamb be ascribed the blessing and the honor and the majesty and the power forever and ever through the eternities of the eternities!”  Then the four living beings said, “Amen!”  And the elders prostrated themselves and worshiped Him Who lives forever and ever! [Rev 5:11-14] 

God has a controversy with the souls of men who will not glorify Him with the blessing and honor, thanksgiving and praise, that is His just due.
Ever since God created the world, His invisible qualities…both His Eternal Power and His Divine Nature…have been clearly seen; they are perceived in the things that God has made. They will have no excuse when they stand before God at Judgment Day!  Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God, or give Him thanks! [Rom 1:20-21]
Jesus said to him, “Away from Me, Satan!  For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God , and serve Him only.'” [Matt 4:10]

Friends, brothers and sisters…

There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell.  You must be a born-again child of God.  I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]

If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

Psalm 23:

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