Memorise: Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Psalm 113:2.
Read: Psalm 113:1-6
36:1 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
36:2 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.
36:3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.
36:4 He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.
36:5 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
36:6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
MESSAGE: It is a great thing for you to serve God, but it is a great thing for God to seek you out. From experience, most people only seek God because they are in need, and because they want him to do something for them. This is self- centeredness. God may not seek out such people.
Those who God seeks after are the ones who worship Him for who He is. Jesus, at Jacob’s well, revealed the class of people that God seeks out: true worshippers (John 4:23). For God to seek you out, you must be of high value to Him. If you take someone like David as a case study, you will find out that David has resolved to always bless the Lord, whether the going was good or not. Hence, in psalm 34:1 he said:
“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth”
That is a very hard attitude to adopt and sustain. It is not easy to praise God when it appears the whole world is turning against you. It is not easy to worship God immediately after experiencing the loss of someone or something precious.
Why would God seek out someone like David? It is because he always had what God wanted, which is praise and quality worship in his mouth and from his heart always! This implies that anytime God visited David, He received praises.
Can the same be said of you? No wonder God also decided that only goodness and mercy would continually follow David all the days of his life (psalm 23:6).
In our trip to Israel not too long ago, I told those who travelled with me that there are two categories of worshippers.
The first are those who praise God only after something good has happened to them. In other words, such people believe that God should earn their praise and worship. If He has not met their expectation their expectations, then there is no need to praise Him. These are baby worshippers. God may never seek such people out for anything.
The second category of worshippers is made up of those who worship God even when their miracles have not come. Such people believe that God already earned the right to be praised and worshipped, because of who He is and for all He has already done. They feel indebted to God; hence, their worship of Him is not conditional.
They will praise God in any circumstance. These are adult worshippers. Such people will always get more than what they desire rom God. They are the ones whom God seeks after. What category do you belong?
KEY POINT: The quality of worship you give to God shows the place that God occupies in your life.
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