Sunday, July 4, 2021

The Attitude of Acceptable Service

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Psalms 100:1-3 (KJV)
1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Clara observed that Isabel had a more fruitful prayer life and communion with the Lord. There was a time she traveled with Isabel for a wedding and they had to stay together for more than a day. That was when Clara understood why Isabel's prayer life was so fruitful.

Clara observed that unlike her, Helen always approached prayer with a thankful and praiseful attitude of the heart. She was always joyful in dealing with the Lord even when one expected her to be heavy. This was her secret of fruitful communion with the Lord.

When Aaron the priest of God lost his first two sons in the same day, the Lord did not permit him and his other two sons to mourn the traditional way people mourned in that culture(see Leviticus 10:6). This was because they were priests unto the Most High God and there is an acceptable demeanor of service in God's house. They were not to serve the Lord with a mournful demeanor. This truth has evaded many believers today who themselves are priests(1 Pet 2:9). Like Clara, they spend a good portion of their time with God with a mournful attitude of complaints. They forget that the Lord that commanded that they serve Him with gladness is very aware of their problems.

In today's Bible verse we see that we are expected to serve the Lord with gladness and come before His presence with singing. The reason is that He is God and He knows our challenges. When we appear before Him with joy even though there are reasons for us to be sorrowful, He knows and He sees our problems even if we don't wear them on our hearts and faces.

Many who disregard this protocol of dealing with the Lord might find that their communion with the Lord is not as fruitful as it should be. Your Grace and power comes from the place of communion.

Go into today remembering to obey the Holy Spirit's command to rejoice in the Lord always(Philippians 4:4). When God gives us commandments like this, it usually is because the opposite is normal for most people, so we are expected to be deliberate and intentional about not acting in the flesh. The next time you approach the throne of God, don't greet Him with your worries and problems, greet Him with thanksgiving and praise. This is the acceptable way of worship and fruitful communion.

Prayer: Lord, help me always remember to serve you with gladness.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Yearly Bible Reading: Psalms 60-62 (In Devotional Audio)
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