April 2, 2010
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:24
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
The Scriptures are full of individuals worshipping God in any number of circumstances. Whether it's praising Him for deliverance from enemies or honoring Him for the bounty of His riches toward us, worshipping God should be a part of every Christian's daily walk in faith.
"Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples His deeds! For He who avenges blood is mindful of them; He does not forget the cry of the afflicted," according to David in Psalm 9:11-12. The shepherd-king of Israel could easily recite any number of instances when the Lord's unrivaled power during times of raging conflict and horrible bloodshed were an occasion for worship.
Furthermore, our worship -- our praise -- should proceed from an attitude of humility and repentance. David writes again, this time in Psalm 51:15-17: "O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. For You will not delight in sacrifice or I would give it; You will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken spirit and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise."
Praising God is something that should be a part of everything we do and every thought we have. It is a posture -- an attitude of reverence and devotion -- toward God that honors Him for who He is and what He has done through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.
On this Good Friday, let our worship of God's Son who spared nothing for our salvation be foremost on our hearts and our voices.
THE PRAYER: Father Almighty, create in us true worship so that our worship at all times will be acceptable in Your sight. Amen.
Biography of Author: This devotion is based on a text submitted from Isaac Adaam, programs coordinator for Lutheran Media Ministry-Ghana. Through Christmas and Easter TV specials, prison and performing arts ministries, Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC), Equipping the Saints (ETS), and Project JOEL, Lutheran Hour Ministries-Ghana reaches people with the Gospel in this West African nation of nearly 24 million people.
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