Above All Else Weekend Declaration

Through this 21 Day Feast on the fame of Jesus we have soaked in Scripture verse by verse. Today, let us put it all together and read the entire passage of Psalm 145. Will you praise Him in the quiet of the weekend morning or during the beauty of the evening sunset?

May our lips never stop speaking in worship…

May our hands always lift toward heaven offering a sacrifice of praise…

May our feet walk out the Word with reverence and fear…

May our hearts beat for the purpose of God alone…

May we move forward in bold faith and servant love always…

Because HE is worthy.

Press In, Pour Out, Pour Forth

1 I will lift my praise above everything to You, my God and King!
I will continually bless Your name forever and always.
My praise will never cease—
I will praise You every day;
I will lift up Your name forever.
3 The Eternal is great and deserves endless praise;
His greatness knows no limit, recognizes no boundary.
No one can measure or comprehend His magnificence.

4 One generation after another will celebrate Your great works;
they will pass on the story of Your powerful acts to their children.
5 Your majesty and glorious splendorhave captivated me;
I will meditate on Your wonders,sing songs of Your worth.
6 We confess—there is nothing greater than You, God, nothing mightier than Your awesome works.
I will tell of Your greatness as long as I have breath.
The news of Your rich goodness is no secret
Your people love to recall it
and sing songs of joy to celebrateYour righteousness.

8 The Eternal is gracious.
He shows mercy to His people.
For Him anger does not come easily, but faithful love does—and it is rich and abundant.
9 But the Eternal’s goodness is not exclusive—it is offered freely to all.
His mercy extends to all His creation.

10 All creation will stand in awe of You,O Eternal One.
Thanks will pour from the mouths of every one of Your creatures;
Your holy people will bless You.
11 They will not be silent; they will talk of the grandeur of Your kingdom
and celebrate the wonder of Your power
12 Until everyone on earth who has ears to hear knows Your valiant acts
and the splendor of Your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom will never end;
Your rule will endure forever.

[You are faithful to Your promise,
and Your acts are marked with grace.]
14 The Eternal sustains all who stumble on their way.
For those who are broken down,God is near. He raises them up in hope.
15 All eyes have turned toward You,waiting in expectation;
when they are hungry, You feed them right on time.
16 The desires of every living thing
are met by Your open hand.
17 The Eternal is right in all His ways,
and He is kind in all His acts.
18 The Eternal stays close to those who call on Him,
those who pray sincerely.
19 All of you who revere Him—
God will satisfy your desires.
He hears the cries for help, and He brings salvation.
20 All of you who love God—
He will watch out for you,
but total destruction is around the corner for all the wicked.

21 My lips will sing the praise of the Eternal.
Let every creature join me and praise the holy name of God—forever and always! (Psalm 145 THE VOICE)

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Thank you for joining me in the Above All Else journey. It was a privilege to partake in the feast with you.

Day 19

Today’s Above All Else Scripture uses a phrase that is easily misunderstood: fear of the Lord. It is actually my hope that through our 21 day Above All Else feast our fear has increased dramatically. By fear we mean reverence and commitment to our King of kings.

I wrote about authenticity in faith with reverence and commitment in Chapter 1 of Just RISE UP! Does this speak to your heart this morning?

I truly believe that people in this generation respect those who stand for something, who live differently because they believe in something—any- thing—greater than themselves. This goes back to the desire to make your “mark” on the world. We have the opportunity to make a meaningful and eternal mark when we model lives of praise, when we live an authentic faith, full of reverence and commitment to the King of kings. Our friends and family may not always understand just who it is we serve and why we place Him above all, but our authenticity in faith will catch their attention. Even those who say they are Christians but don’t live out their faith will be challenged to examine what they believe or in whom they believe when they see us living differently for the sake of making Jesus famous. They may think we are weird. Weird is good! It means we are set apart from the pack . . . exactly what the Bible says we are supposed to be (2 Cor. 6:17).

The condition of our hearts—full of reverence for His name and commitment to love and obey Him always—steers us to a long-lasting passion to live with boldness for the fame of Jesus. When we cultivate a lifestyle that praises God daily, a strong passion arises. This passion is a daily discipline and a choice that starts with our thoughts which affect our actions and outward expressions.

With that in mind let us Press In

All of you who revere Him—God will satisfy your desires. He hears the cries for help, and He brings salvation. (Psalm 145:19 THE VOICE)

Lord, we lift Your name Above All Else. We have called out to You in worship and we trust that You hear our praises and our please. This is our offering today, to bring You both. Amen!

Pour Out and Pour Forth

All of our feasting on the fame of Jesus over the past 21 days in no way negates our please and cries for help in the midst of worship. Yes, we have spent much time praising His great works. This places us in a position to better deal when life throws us twists and turns. It is in the trusting that He hears our cries for help. This trust is an act of worship.

As we lift our hands in praise, let us lift up everything…the good and the bad. The praise and the pleas. The Yes! and the Why? 

 

Day 18: He Is Near. Are you?

Above all else day 18

As we draw near the end of our 21 Day Above All Else feast this is a good time to evaluate. Living intentionally to worship Jesus means a daily evaluation, regrouping.

Have we soaked in His presence to the point of saturation?

Have we worshipped Him from every angle, seeking out all that God, the great I Am, is?

Have I decreased for Him to increase in my heart, mind, and soul? (John 3:30)

Today’s Above All Else Scripture needs to be coupled with the ever familiar passage from Jeremiah. I am certian you know this one by heart but I’m wondering if you know the rest of the verse. You know…the verse that says “for I have plans to prosper you…”

But it doesn’t stop there!

Oh the beautiful truths abound when we continue to read Jeremiah 29:11-14…

You will seek Me and find me when you seek Me with all of your heart. I will be found by you…

What if those plans we seek after, those dreams we chase, that prosperity we crave were wrapped in the very gift and nearness of the King of the Universe. What if those things we have always wanted in life, those prayers we faithfully lifted up were second in comparison, pale in comparison, to the fact that we have fellowship with the One and Only? What if  His nearness were all that we need to feel blessed, with purpose, and prosperous?

Press In

The Eternal stays close to those who call on Him, those who pray sincerely. (Psalm 145:18 THE VOICE)

The Lord is near to all who call on him,to all who call on him in truth. (Psalm 145:18 ESV)

Pour Out

Father God, I worship you today in truth and with a sincere heart and intention. Lord, forgive me for those times when I wanted things more than I wanted You. Help me to de clutter so that I have room for all that You want to reveal to me. Today, I declare that I am seeking after You with everything I am. I declare that I will stand on Truth that You will be found when I seek. I know You are near, Jesus.

Pour Forth

This morning I reviewed our Psalm 145 in it’s entirety. The Spirit whispered to my heart: read it aloud. So I did. At first it was weird to talk out loud as I was the only person in the room. Then it dawned on me, I’m reading with the very King of the Universe in my presence. I started speaking the Word straight to Him just as I would speak to any one I love sitting right in front of me. I told Him how good He is and how awesome His works are. I know God loves to hear our praise…out loud!

Will you speak aloud straight to the Lord today? Go for it!

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