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14th September 2022


Wholehearted Devotion

We are called to wholehearted devotion to the Lord our Creator & Redeemer.
As saints of the Most High God we are to wholeheartedly Love the Lord, Trust the Lord, Obey the Lord, Praise the Lord & Work for the Lord.
We have thought about wholeheartedly loving, trusting, obeying & praising the Lord.
Today we will explore what it means to wholeheartedly Worship the Lord.


Teach me Your way, O Lord;
I will walk in Your truth;

Unite my heart to fear Your name.
I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And I will glorify Your name forevermore.
For great is Your mercy toward me,
And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. Psalm 86:11-13

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2


Worshipping God is our reasonable service & acceptable duty.
Worship with all the heart is a lifestyle that requires our everything, every moment of every day.
It requires of us a united (undivided) heart that puts God in first place in all things & all ways.
It is a moment-by-moment gift & offering we bring as living sacrifices.
However, it is so easy for us to live compartmentalised lives & engage in worship at special times on
special days & at special occasions.
Wholehearted worship is so much, much more than that.
It is a way of living that always praises, gives, serves & lives for the Lord.

How we live matters as it is the worship we offer unto God.
We worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 29:2 & 96:9).
Holy lives (living in God’s world, God’s way) are effective worship & witness.
Holy lives characterised by sanctified attitudes & Spirit led actions.
They glorify God by revealing how precious & important He is to us.
They also act as a signpost to direct others to the Lord.

With undivided hearts we present & dedicate our bodies as living sacrifices.
Our lives are a continuous offering of worship & praise unto God. Set apart for His glory.
How we live worships & how we live witnesses. 24/7/365. Every moment of every day.
Worship the Lord with all your heart, & all you have, to glorify His great Name & bring pleasure to His heart.


For Reflection

  • In what ways am I worshipping & witnessing unto the Lord?
  • Are their divisions in my hearts & compartments in my life?
  • Meditate upon what it means to wholeheartedly worship the Lord & worship as a lifestyle.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
There is none like You & You alone are worthy of my worship.
Lord may my worship glorify Your holy Name & witness of Your goodness & great love.
Holy Spirit sanctify my attitudes & actions & keep me placing my life upon the altar,
Keep me heart united wholly unto the Lord.
In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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