April 1

Lord God Almighty, when Your judgments come upon the Earth…When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or When I command locusts to devour the land [as is happening right now in Kenya] or When I send a plague among my people [as is happening even now worldwide…the people of the world learn righteousness.  Though You show grace to the wicked, even so, they still did not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they continue going on doing evil, and regard not the Majesty of the Lord. Even so, if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. [Isa 26:10; 2 Chron 7:13-15]

He will judge the world in righteousness; He will govern the peoples with justice.  The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.  Those who know Your name will trust in you, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.  Surely God is my salvation; I trust in You and will not be afraid!  Lord God Almighty, You are my strength and my song; You have indeed become my Savior…my protector and deliverer!  With an unclouded child-like carefree joy, I drink deeply from the Fountain of Salvation! [Ps 9:8-10; Isa 12:2-3]

My part in this Sacred Covenant Relationship

A] Worship God.
B] Worship defined.

Worship Defined:

To prostrate my inmost being before God: beholding Him with an awe-filled regard and bowing before Him with the utmost reverence and respect; yearning just to linger in His Presence; adoring Him for His fathomless love so graciously lavished upon me; admiring His Supreme Excellence and Sovereign Majesty; offering unto Him my entire being… body, soul and spirit…as a living sacrifice, wholly surrendered unto God, wholly given for the blessing and salvation of souls; glorifying Him with all blessing and honor, thanksgiving and praise.

Prostrate my inmost being before God, beholding Him with an awe-filled regard and bowing before Him with the utmost reverence and respect:
Unceasingly, day and night, the four living beings never stop proclaiming: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was, and is, and is to come.”  Whenever the four living beings give glory, honor and thanks to Him Who sits on the Throne and Who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him Who sits on the Throne, and worship Him Who lives for ever and ever.  They cast their golden crowns before the Throne and cry out: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things; by Your will they were created and by Your will they have their very being.” [Rev 4:8-11]

Yearning just to linger in His Presence:
As a deer longs for a stream of cool water, so I long for You, O God.  I thirst for You, the living God!  When can I go and worship in Your Presence?  O God, You are my God, and I long for You!  My whole being desires You; like a dry, worn-out, and waterless land, my soul is thirsty for You!  You are like a dove that hides in the crevice of a rock.  Let me see Your lovely face, and hear Your enchanting voice!  The perfume of myrrh and aloes is on Your clothes; I will stay on the hill of myrrh, the hill of incense, until the morning breezes blow and the darkness disappears!  How beautiful You are, my love; how Perfect You are! [Ps 42:1-2; 63:1; Song 2:14; Ps 45:8; Song 4:6-7]

Adoring Him for His fathomless love so graciously lavished upon me:
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.  But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners!  And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the Blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God’s condemnation!  For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son!  So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.  How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are! [Rom 5:6-11; 1 John 3:1]

Admiring His Supreme Excellence and Sovereign Majesty:
Who is their like unto You, O Lord?  Who can be compared with You?  Who is Your equal?  Who was there when You formed the heavens and all their starry host, and called them out…each one by name?  Who was there when You created the Earth, and all that’s on it…all things visible and invisible, animate and inanimate, all things, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities?  Who was there when You created the seas and all that is in them, and You set their boundaries, that they might not transgress it?  Whoever, O Lord, was Your instructor, that You should acquire knowledge from him?  Whoever were Your counselors, that You should learn wisdom and understanding from them? No…You are God and You alone, and there is none other besides You!  You are the One True Living God, and You live and reign forever and ever, throughout the Eternal ages! You do what You will with the powers of Heaven and Earth!  You call the things that are not just as though they were!  You merely speak, and it is done; the very words You speak carry within themselves the power to effect what You have spoken..immediately, completely, continually!  The mountains quake before You, and the hills melt away; the very mountains melt like wax in Your Presence!  The Earth trembles at Your Presence… the world, and all who live in it!  Heaven and Earth flee from the Almightiness of Your Presence!  I stand in awe of You, Lord God Almighty!
Who has understood the mind of the Lord, or instructed Him as His counselor?  Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten Him, and who taught Him the right way?  Who was it that taught Him knowledge or showed Him the path of understanding?  Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  Has it not been told you from the beginning?  Have you not understood since the Earth was founded?  He sits enthroned above the circle of the Earth, and its people are like grasshoppers before Him!  He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in!  He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing!  “To whom will you compare Me?  Or who is My equal?” says the Holy One.  Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name!  Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing!  Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the Earth!  He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom! [Isa 40:13-14, 21-23, 25-26, 28]

Offering unto Him my entire being as a living sacrifice:
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of all the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies, presenting all your members and faculties to Him as a living sacrifice.  Let them be consecrated…a living and holy sacrifice…the kind He will find good and pleasing and acceptable in His sight.  This, brethren, is your reasonable service and spiritual worship. [Rom 12:1-2]

Glorifying Him with all blessing and honor, thanksgiving and praise:
David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to You, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!  Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in Heaven and Earth is Yours!  Yours, O Lord, is the Kingdom; You are exalted as head over all!  Wealth and honor come from You; You are the ruler of all things!  In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all!  Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious Name!” [1 Chron 29:10-13]

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, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

Who is there like You:

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