Gems 2015 —- April 29 Scripture Selection: I Chronicles 16-18

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

April 29 Scripture Selection: I Chronicles 16-18

Food for Thought: I Chron. 16:4-10, 23-25 (also 15:28)

Praise and worship in music is a beautiful expression of our joy in the Lord. For those who are not accustomed to participating in it may as well get used to it. This type of fervent adoration existed in the heavens since before the beginning of time, has gone on in earth throughout humanity, and will continue throughout eternity in heaven.

Not only does it please the Father, but it also does something very special within the worshipers, leaving them rejuvenated and free from the world’s burdens and influences. That must be one of the reasons that the Lord encourages the believers to praise and worship in song and include it as a key component in the services. I Corinthians 14:26 says, “…Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm (song), has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” Ephesians 5:18-20 discusses this vivacious form of praise and worship: “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is further discussed in Colossians 3:16 as something the believers all participate in: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

There is something very unique and precious about expressing praise and worship with our whole being together with fellow believers. Though some, like David’s wife Michael (I Chron. 15:29), may think it is “undignified,” putting the Lord first and forgetting about what others may think of us, giving the Lord praise and worship unreservedly with all our heart for which He is certainly worthy is the best gift we can give Him (See Ps. 27:6; Heb. 13:15). And in return, the Lord’s presence lightens our hearts and fills us with joy. There is nothing like it.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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