March 27, 2018 – Worship Instead of Wallow – Pr. Noleen Mendes

A time came after the death of Joshua when the People of Israel asked God, “Who will take the lead in going up against the Canaanites to fight them?” 2 And God said, “Judah will go. I’ve given the land to him.” – Judges 1:1-2

It should be of no surprise that God chooses Judah to go up first. After all, Judah means “”Praise” and praise should always lead the way. Whether it be before we begin our day, before encountering a difficult situation, or before the Word is spoken at church, Praising God should be first and foremost. The reason? It shifts our attention from the situation at hand and sets them upon Jesus our Savior.

Bringing praise and worship before God, many times, is a sacrificial act. We must choose it, whether we feel like it or not! And we must choose it because it connects us to God in a way that nothing else can connect us. Leah finally understood this when she gave birth to Judah. Only God could satisfy her. She longed for Jacob to satisfy her but he would never be able to in the way she wanted him to. And once she had Judah and recognized this truth, she stopped having children. Before Judah, she had children for the wrong reasons.

I’ve been a worship leader for many years but that doesn’t mean I don’t have those days where I just want to wallow instead of worship. I’ve walked with the Lord long enough, however, to know this isn’t a wise choice. Praise and worship will always snap me out of a funk, as I cannot help but to set my eyes on Jesus during my time of praise. If I want to inherit a spirit of peace and fruitfulness, then praise and worship has to be a part of my intimate moments with Jesus. Just as Paul and Silas experienced, praise and worship has the power to break down the walls that entrap us and free us to live our lives abundantly and with joy.

Father God, may I do less wallowing and more worshipping, especially on those days that are really, really tough! Holy Spirit, lead me into that place of solitude and worship during those times that the world is competing for my attention. For only you, Jesus, can satisfy me like no other. In Your Name I pray..Amen!