What Worship Does

Today is Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Day 21,720. Five more days until our Labor Day holiday!

Ted Williams, who was born on this date in 1918 (died in 2005), said, “They invented the All-Star game for Willie Mays.”
BrainyQuote

Word of the Day

Interstice ~ “a space that intervenes between things; especially : one between closely spaced things.”

Today is Grief Awareness Day. All around us, there are people who are grieving. This week, especially, there are, quite possibly a million or more that are grieving loss of family or property in southeast Texas. We could all stand to be more aware of people around us and what they are going through, showing compassion and giving a shoulder to lean on.

Reports are saying that Harvey has, once again, made landfall, just west of Cameron, Louisiana. Houston may finally see a break in the rain today, but other areas are still being hit with the massive rain. Looking at the forecast, I see only a ten percent chance of rain tomorrow, which will be a very welcome relief for those people. How long it will take for the floods to go down, I have no idea.

The Rangers trounced the Astros at the Juice Box in Tampa, last night, 12-2. Unfortunately for the Rangers, the Twins also won, so they remain three games out of the second wild card spot.

The Red Sox had a good game against the Boo Jays, winning 3-0, behind the solid pitching of Chris Sale. The Yankees didn’t play (rained out?), so the Sox gained a half game, and are, once again, four games up in the AL East.

The Dodgers have lost three in a row. That may be the first time all season this has happened.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

(From The Divine Hours)

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Psalm 34:8
Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
Psalm 86:4
With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!
Psalm 119:10
I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.
Psalm 7:18

(From Living the Message)

Here is what worship does for us. It’s not just us giving to God, but God giving to us, as well.

“The work of worship gathers everything in our common lives that has been dispersed by sin and brings it to our attention before God; at the same time it gathers everything in God’s revelation that has been forgotten in our distracted hurrying and puts it before us so that we can offer it up in praise and obedience. All of this does not take place merely in a single hour of worship. But, faithfully repeated, week after week, year after year, there is an accumulation to wholeness.” (Eugene H. Peterson)

The Throne of God and of the Lamb is at the center. His servants will offer God service—worshiping, they’ll look on his face, their foreheads mirroring God. Never again will there be any night.
Revelation 22:3b-5a (The Message)

Father, once again, I ask you to draw my heart, my soul, back into solid worship. Gather all of these things that have been scattered by distraction and hurry, and place them back in front of me. Show me, teach me, what is important in this life.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.