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Getting Our Worship On

Psalm 100:1-4

1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Sunday at the 8:45 am service at Mt. Oak – the Spirit was heavy upon us.  Several affirming comments were shared after worship about the hymns we sang – namely – Leaning on the Everlasting Arms – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty – The Church’s One Foundation – There’s Something About That Name – and Great Is Thy Faithfulness.  I love it when we sing familiar hymns.  People pour themselves into the praise and worship of our God.  It set the tone for our worship of God together.  I could see the smiles on people’s faces and I watched as many lost themselves in worship.

At the 10:30 am service – the Spirit was equally heavy upon us.  Again – there were affirming comments about worship.  We sang One Way – Holy is the Lord – Holy, Holy, Holy – The Stand – From the Inside Out – How Great Thou Art – and Love the Lord.  I loved the contemporary arrangement of some the hymns sang as well as the contemporary songs we sang.  Again- I saw people losing themselves in worship – lifting holy hands and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to them and through them.  The moment we spent after the opening set simply soaking in the Spirit was powerful.

In both services the people of God got caught up in the songs – in the worship of God.  I personally came into the day with some worries on my heart – but the worship rid my heart of these worries and I was able to allow the Spirit to take over in preaching the message of the morning.  I love when God shows up and takes over!

Our praise and worship this morning – and I pray it is a signal of even better things moving forward – helped to bring me into the presence of God.  I hope it had the same impact on you.

I pray that each time we come to worship – we come to enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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November 28, 2011 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | ,


  1. Thank you for this post…I read it during my quiet time, and it reminded me as a Pastor how important it is to make sure that our worship connects to the context…Our music should move and unite us as one…


    Comment by Rodney Hudson | November 29, 2011 | Reply

    • Hey Rodney – thanks for the comment my friend. I have watched some of the videos you put up showing your worship. Seems like the Spirit is alive and well in your fellowship.


      Comment by raymcdonald | November 29, 2011 | Reply

  2. I thought worship Sunday at Mt. Oak was very moving. The Spirit was heavy on us like you said Pastor.


    Comment by JR | November 29, 2011 | Reply

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