Walking in the Light of God’s People
Loving the Lord #7 – Entering Often into Spirit-Led Praise and Worship
“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:18, NIV
Consider the current challenges and struggles in your world and in your life. Are you losing hope in relationships, religion, or politics? Are you struggling at work, with your family, in your accomplishments, or your faith? Whatever your challenge, meditate on the Lord of hosts, who longs to show you grace and rises to show you compassion. Invite Christ into your struggle. Together, with other followers of Jesus, make a personal request for Jesus to show Himself to you in the midst of those challenges.
In the quietness of this time, close your eyes and imagine the picture of the resurrected Christ. He is excited to express His personal grace and divine favor just for you. Imagine the scene of Jesus rising to receive you with welcoming arms! Pause to picture this moment between you and Jesus. Notice the tenderness of His expression and that Christ longs to give you grace. Hear the gentleness in His voice as He confirms His great compassion for you. Now, with a partner or small group, give Jesus thanks for such an incredible blessing just for you! Tell Him about your gratefulness.
Jesus, as I imagine you standing up to receive me with welcoming arms, I am grateful because . . .
I am thankful when I see the tenderness in your face and hear the compassion in your voice because . . . I am moved with gratitude for how you . . .
“Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me…” Psalm 103:1
“Worship the Lord with reverence.” Psalm 2:11
“I praise Thee O Father, Lord of heaven and earth...” Matthew 11:25
Content courtesy of The Great Commandment Network. Used with permission. Phillips, Tom (2016-11-01). Jesus Now: God Is Up to Something Big (p. 131-2). BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC.