I noticed today a few Scripture references inside the cover of my Bible this morning; I’d not seen them for a while!
They were Psalm 22 v 3, then Psalm 16 v 11 and Nehemiah 8 v 10.
I remembered that this was a model for me to use to receive strength.
If I worshiped the Lord I would receive His presence (Psalm 22 v 3), I would then receive joy through His presence (Psalm 16 v 11) and through this joy would receive strength (Nehemiah 8 v 10).
Now this may sound good, and I thought it was at the time when I wrote these verse on the inside cover of my Bible.
However today I realised that I don’t need this model anymore, as these verses are Old Covenant verses and I live under grace, under the New Covenant.
As a born again, spirit filled believer I already have joy, as part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5 v 22).
As a born again, spirit filled believer I always have His presence as He says He will never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13 v 5).
Because of His presence I now have the strength to achieve all things (Philippians 4 v 13).
Now I am not saying we should not worship, of course we should, however we now worship because we have strength, joy and His presence, not to receive these things.
What I used to try and achieve through worship (His presence, joy and strength) I now have all the time as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus and His finished work.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Your continual presence, for Your strength and for the fruit of the Spirit”.
Philippians 4 v 13…..I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me