Suggested Reading: Psalms 95-97
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Key Verse: Psalm 96:7-8
Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength.
Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
Psalm 95 is God’s invitation to “COME!” What do we do when we “COME!”… We “SING!” “SHOUT JOYFULLY!” offer to Him “THANKSGIVING!” “WORSHIP! BOW DOWN! KNEEL!” 95:7b invites us to hear His voice. We hear with our inner voices as we read or we can hear by clicking on the above scripture link and hear the Words being read out loud.
Psalm 95 was sung as the national anthem of Israel. In Psalm 96 we move beyond Israel to the whole world. All nationalities are invited to “COME.” By modern technology, Crossroads is inviting all peoples to “COME” and to “WORSHIP” the Lord in the beauty of holiness! What does crossroads360.com say to over 200 nations? “The Lord reigns!” (96:10-12a). The result will be that even the trees, including those Acacia trees in Reynold’s picture, will “REJOICE!”
Let’s not forget our key verse. When we come we give the offerings listed above, but we must not miss the exhortation, “BRING AN OFFERING!” Jesus watched as the widow placed her offering in the receptacle, and He announced that she had given more than all the others. When Jesus counts the giving of His people, He counts the level of sacrifice involved (read Mark 12:41-44). Psalm 97 carries on from Psalm 96.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
O Lord God, Your Name and Your message must be communicated more effectively to all the nations. I pray for Crossroads’ new Global Chief Executive Officer, Dr. John Hull, and the entire team of up-front people and those who make it all possible by working skillfully and by giving offerings sacrificially. Bless and strengthen us all in Jesus’ name! Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
It’s Sunday morning and I’m expecting to hear a message from God’s Word by our Pastor. As well, I’m listening to another message online. Our grandson-in-law, Rev. Jason Patterson, is preaching a message on “Overcoming the Giant of Fear” in the pulpit of The People’s Church, Oklahoma City. I’ll cut my personal words short so that there will be enough time for Jason’s message (click here).
Yours for living as Psalms 95, 96, and 97 encourage us!
P.S. Please write me a note regarding Jason’s message. I’ll pass your comments on to him. Also, please indulge a proud grandpa and great-grandpa. Here’s a picture from this past summer of Jason and our granddaughter Andrea, who is a PhD student at the University of Oklahoma, and our precious little great-granddaughter, Jadice Elizabeth Patterson. She’s now almost 10 months old.