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Day Nineteen

Revelation 14:1-5 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.  And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.  These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb.  No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.

What is worship? Worship is to honor or show reverence for a divine being or supernatural power. God is worthy of our worship. AW Tozer writes, “God’s purpose in redemption is to make worshipers out of rebels.” I was once a rebel living in rebellion, but through the grace of God, I’m a redeemed-rebel worshiper for the glory of God. Wow!

What does it mean to worship? Worship is how we express our love, adoration, admiration, and wonder at God’s presence. The Christian breathes in God’s goodness and exhales worship. We breathe in the grace and mercy and exhale the glory of God. For a lot of us, worship has become synonymous with singing—but that’s just one way that worship expresses itself. True worship happens when our entire life becomes a declaration of trust in God’s incredible mercy. Paul expressed this very idea when he said, “I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Rom. 12:1)

John sees “the Lamb standing on Mount Zion…and they sang a new song before the throne.” God put a new song in their hearts. God breathes new life into our lives. Matt Redman writes, “When the music fades, all is stripped away, and I simply come longing just to bring something that’s of worth that will bless your heart. I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about You, Jesus. I’m sorry, Lord, for the things I’ve made it. When it’s all about You, all about You, Jesus.”

Pray for Jesus the Lamb of God to become the center of your worship. Pray for God to breathe in His grace and exhale worship. Pray for God “to create within you a clean heart and renew a right spirit within you.” Pray for God to give you opportunities today to worship Him. God is good all the time and all the time God is good. It’s time New Life to get your worship on!