Let us worship God – with joyful thanksgiving.

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord… Let us come before Him with thanksgiving… Come, let us bow down in worship… (Psalm 95:1-2,6).

Lord, You’re calling us to worship You with joyful thanksgiving. We rejoice in You. We give thanks for Your love. You are ‘the great God’. You are ‘our God’. You are the God of creation – ‘In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land’. You are the God of salvation – ‘We are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care’ (Psalm 95:3-5,7). When, Lord, we hear You calling us to worship You with joyful thanksgiving, help us to open our hearts to You: ‘Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts’ (Psalm 95:7-8). When we hear Your call to worship, may we open our hearts to the Spirit of worship.

You are radiant with light, more majestic than mountains… ” (Psalm 76:4).

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2).

It’s possible to look up to the mountains – and see nothing but mountains. The Psalmist tells us that when we look up at the mountains, we can catch a glimpse of something more than the mountains. He calls us to look beyond the mountains – to see the Creator of the mountains. Here, we are called to worship the Lord. This will, always, be more than appreciating the beauty of the mountains. We do appreciate the beauty of the mountains, but we don’t stop there. We go on, from there, to say, “Great is the Lord” (Psalm 48:1).

You, O Lord, are exalted for ever… The Lord reigns, He is robed in majesty…’ (Psalm 92:8; Psalm 93:1-2). 

You, Lord, are ‘exalted’. Help us to exalt You in our worship. You are not exalted because we exalt You. We exalt You because You are exalted. You are ‘exalted far above all gods’. That is why we sing, ‘I exalt Thee, O Lord’. ‘He is exalted, the King is exalted on high’ – This is the truth concerning You, Lord. ‘I will praise Him’ – This is our response to Your truth. We sing, ‘Jesus, we enthrone You, we proclaim You our King’. This is our response to the eternal truth concerning our Saviour: ‘The Lord is enthroned as King for ever’. ‘From all eternity’ the Lord is ‘robed in majesty’. Help us, Lord, to respond to Your majesty. Help us to ‘magnify’ You, Lord – ‘O Lord our God, how majestic is Thy Name’(Psalm 97:9; Psalm 29:10; Mission Praise, 158,217,388,507).

Sing to the Lord with grateful praise” (Psalm 147:4).

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1).

Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to Your Name be the glory because of Your love and faithfulness’(Psalm 115:1).

We thank You, Lord, that You love us. You love us with a faithful love, ‘an everlasting love’, a ‘love that will not let us go’. Your love ‘never comes to an end’. Nothing can separate us from Your love (Jeremiah 31:3; Lamentations 3:22-23; Romans 8:38-39). What have we done to deserve such love? Absolutely nothing! We are ‘sinners’. We do not deserve to be loved by You. We have done nothing to earn Your love. Love begins with You, Lord. It comes from You. How do we know that You love us? Have we proved ourselves worthy of Your love? No! – ‘God shows His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us’ (Romans 5:8). ‘To God be the glory!’

Lord, You have been our dwelling place throughout all generations… From everlasting to everlasting, You are God’ (Psalm 90:1-2). 

Lord, we read the words, ‘In the beginning, God…’, and we know, in our hearts, that You are ‘the eternal God’. You are ‘the high and exalted One’. You are the God ‘who inhabits eternity’. You are the God ‘who lives for ever’. You have no beginning. You have no end. You are ‘the beginning and the end’. Our life on earth has a beginning. It has an end. We trust in You, ‘the eternal God.’ We rejoice in Your precious promises – ‘The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms’; ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love’; ‘The free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord’ (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 33:27; Isaiah 57:15; Revelation 21:6; Jeremiah 31:3; Romans 6:23).

Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity … You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:18-19).

In difficult times, here’s something we must never forget – God loves us, and He forgives our sins!

When life is difficult, it’s not easy to keep on praising God.

God loves us, and He forgives our sins – this is something that will help us to keep on praising God.

I once was blind, but now I see” (John 9:25).

Everywhere we look, there is bad news – nothing but bad news.

Everywhere we look? Really? Aren’t we forgetting something? Are we forgetting Jesus? Are we forgetting that we have a Saviour? Are we forgetting that He makes everything look very different.

Everything looks so bad – then, we look to Jesus, and everything changes.

Does Jesus make the bad news just disappear? No! He doesn’t. The bad news is still there. It doesn’t just go away – but there is something different: Jesus is with us.

Jesus is with us – This is the big picture.

When we see Jesus, we see the big picture, we see that there is something more than bad news. There is Good News. There is Jesus – and He is our Saviour.

“The Lord has forsaken me,  the Lord has forgotten me.’ (Isaiah 49:14).
Sometimes, this is what we say to ourselves.

I will not forget you!” (Isaiah 49:15).
Always, this is what the Lord says to us.

Here’s a song of faith, hope and encouragement – I’ll not forget you. When you’ve started the video, scroll back up to the words and follow them while you’re listening to the video. The song’s about about Sarah and Abraham (from the book of Genesis). Their story’s from a long time ago. The message is for us – God has not forgotten us, and he will not forget us.

I’ll Not Forget You – Bryan Duncan.

Sarah’s waiting in a crown of silver hair
Maternal heart still aching
A promised ray of hope, a child to bear
No child is here, is this not fair?
Her labor of love has no device
Faithful in silent sacrifice
Has Heaven forgotten?
Is God still there?
He says, “Learn to trust me”
“I’ll not forget you,
I’ll not forget you,
I’ll not forget you,
I’ll not forget you”
Abraham is marking time as years go by
Hiding his pain in laughter
And every night he’s counting stars that fill the sky
So sure his dream has passed him by
Doubting, his vision’s not so clear
What did God say, what did I hear?
Has heaven forgotten?
Is God still there?
He says, “Learn to trust me”
“I’ll not forget you,
I’ll not forget you,
I’ll not forget you,
I’ll not forget you”
Oh! And every day in pain, I wait
I can’t help but wonder why
You promise me your love and say goodbye
Please don’t say goodbye!
I’ll not forget you
I’ll not forget you
I’ll not forget you
I’ll not forget you, oh!
When you walk alone
When you break inside
(I’ll not forget you)
When a loved one dies
(I’ll not forget you
I’ll not forget you)
When your youth is gone
(I’ll not forget you
I’ll not forget you)
Oh in an empty home
(I’ll not forget you
I’ll not forget you)
When your health has gone
(I’ll not forget you)

Source: Musixmatch. Songwriters: Bryan Duncan / Chuck Barth. I’ll Not Forget You lyrics © Word Music, Inc., Word Music Inc O/b/o Fanatic Music, Chuck Barth Music

We know that this man (Jesus) really is the Saviour of the world” (John 4:42).

Who is going to help us? There are times, in life, when human help can only take us so far – and no further. There are times when we need to be reminded that we need more than human help. We need the help of the Lord. We need to know that Jesus is our Saviour.

See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered,  nor will they come to mind” (Isaiah 65:17).

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth … 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God …  He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away”(Revelation 21:1-2,4).

What’s the world coming to? This seems to be the only question that’s on our minds – but is it the only question? Is there another question?

What’s coming to the world? Is there an answer to this question? God’s Word says that there is. There are better things to come …

When everything seems to be going wrong, help us, Lord, not to forget about You. Things will only get worse, if we turn away from You. Help us to turn to You, and receive help from You. Give us the strength that we need to say, with confident faith, “My enemy has not triumphed over me” (Psalm 41:1). Help us to rejoice in You, Lord, and to say, from our hearts, “Blessed is the Lord .. ” (Psalm 41:13).

“Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28).

As you read this verse from God’s Word, note its last few words: “the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” This is something we must never forget. Again and again, we need to be reminded of this: “the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” There’s nothing special about us. There’s something very special about Jesus Christ, our Saviour: “There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin. He, only, could unlock the gate of heaven and let us in.” In all the service we offer to the Lord, we must never lose sight of this: He has done more for us than we could ever do for Him. We are called to be His faithful servants, but may we never forget this: our faithfulness can never begin to compare to the greater faithfulness of Jesus Christ, our faithful Saviour. How could our faithfulness to our Lord ever compare to what He has done for us: “the church of God which He purchased with His own blood”?

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy” (Psalm 65:8).

The sun rises. The sun sets. We catch a glimpse of the glory of God.

From the rising of the sun to its going down, the Lord’s name is to be praised” (Psalm 113:3).

Keep on praying for our troubled world – and don’t forget to thank God for answers to prayer. Also, at this particularly difficult time, pray for the Queen and the Royal Family.

God bless you all.



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