God’s Blessing

Shout to God,
sing his praises,
come and worship him.

Worship sounds good,
looks great,
but does it show up in our lives?
Do we listen
as well as speak?
Hear what God is saying to us?
And respond
in action?

Worship breeds mercy,
goodness,
light,
doing the right thing,
honesty,
generosity,
kindness,
dependability
and all those other things God asks of us.
That is worship,
that is what pleases God,
that is doing his thing,
not ours,
these things are what bring life
and blessing –
to us
and to those around.

Psalm 112:1-9 (CEV)

God Blesses His Worshipers

112 Shout praises to the Lord!
    The Lord blesses everyone
    who worships him and gladly
    obeys his teachings.
Their descendants will have
    great power in the land,
    because the Lord blesses
    all who do right.
They will get rich and prosper
    and will always be remembered
    for their fairness.
They will be so kind
    and merciful and good,
that they will be a light
in the dark
    for others
    who do the right thing.

Life will go well for those
who freely lend
    and are honest in business.
They won’t ever be troubled,
    and the kind things they do
    will never be forgotten.
Bad news won’t bother them;
    they have decided
    to trust the Lord.
They are dependable
    and not afraid,
    and they will live to see
    their enemies defeated.
They will always be remembered
    and greatly praised,
    because they were kind
    and freely gave to the poor.

Psalm 112

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