Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/22/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Lenise Eddings
Princeton UMC
Richmond UMC
Five Rivers District
Dale Thiele
Salem (Iola) UMC
Five Rivers District
Gary DeMott
Fort Scott: St John UMC
Hammond UMC
West Liberty UMC
Five Rivers District
Connie McKee
Redfield UMC
Uniontown UMC
Five Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 34:1 

Concerning David, when he pretended to be insane in the presence of Abimelech, who drove him out, and he departed.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.

Today's Devotional

The following devotional is a reflection on the themes expressed and celebrated in the praise and worship song “Holy One” written by United Methodist Pastor Chris Aytes. You can listen to “Holy One” here.

I have, on multiple occasions, been fortunate enough to witness the evangelistic power of praise and worship music. I can remember playing guitar in a praise band during my college years at various functions outside of the church and being amazed to hear that people had given their lives to Christ while we led worship.

I could not comprehend at the time why someone who wasn’t already a believer would have even been present during our worship set, nor did I understand what would move them to accepting Christ as their savior and beginning their new life. 

I know now that the answer is quite simple: The presence of God draws people to him.

Now, God is always with us. David lays this out for us in Psalm 139, and Paul explains that, as believers, we are one with the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 6. We literally cannot escape God’s presence, we are always in it, and he dwells within our very being. But, when we devote our time and energy into giving God thanks and praise, with a joyful heart, that presence becomes palpable, we become more aware of what, or who, was already here (see Philippians 4).

Our true worship, as Paul tells us in Romans 12, is in living our lives as a sacrifice to God. As we do this, we carry his presence with us just as surely as we sense his presence when we give him praise and thanksgiving. 

Want to see more effective evangelism in your life? Fill your mouth with God’s praises and let your life be a sacrifice unto him. As we learn to more effectively praise God, and more fully worship him, others will taste and see that the LORD is good!

-Pastor Chris Aytes
Wamego First UMC

caytes@greatplainsumc.org
 

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