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MY CLOAK put before Jesus demonstrates my surrender and submission to HIS KINGSHIP

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Read Psalm 118:26-29

Learning to worship God is a journey. I have beautiful memories of hymns played on the pipe organ, singing in the children’s choir, and standing to the Hallelujah chorus every Easter morning. This began my journey of worship, but it wasn’t until high school when I asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life that worship became more than something around me. On my first mission trip, worship came from the inside of me for the first time. When I realized who I was, who he was, and what he had done for me, I responded in grateful adoration for his authority in my life.

Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through [Jesus] then let us continually o er up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” As believers in Jesus, through his final work of forgiving us by his payment of death on the cross, we have nothing to do with altars of gold or stone. Our worship is spiritual and our hearts have become the altar of worship. Instead of bringing lambs and bulls every morning and evening, we’re to bring sacrifices of praise continually – not only in spiritual places, but in every place, not only in a happy frame of mind but also when we’re cast down.

Christ’s offering was a sacrifice of atonement, ours is the sacrifice of acknowledgement. The Passover crowd acknowledged the Kingship of Jesus by placing their cloaks on the road for him to walk on. This was an act of honor and submission, similar to saying “I am under your feet and under your authority.” In my journey of worship, I’ve found the act of sacrificing continual praise to be the cloak put before Jesus demonstrating my surrender and submission to his Kingship. Worship looks different in my life than when I sang my first praise song years ago. Now, my desire is to keep a song filling the tabernacle of my heart. It’s his presence within me and it’s what make worship not only corporate, but personal.

Reflection and Response

What has been your journey with worship? What were your impressions of worship at an early age? What are your impressions now? How have they changed?

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By Donna Burns 

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