Pastor Stephen Dedman

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy

The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭4:8‬

Worship Around The Throne

If we could get a personal glimpse of Heaven it would change the way we worship.  As the Scripture says, worship will never cease in Heaven.  In Heaven we will be worshipping around the throne of God for eternity.  It will be a worship experience that we have never witnessed before.

John was given a glimpse into Heaven and a vision of the throne of God.  The central focus of Heaven is the throne.  As well as our central focus of worship should be the throne of God.  God’s holiness drives us to worship Him.  Worship often includes words and actions but most importantly worship is from the heart.  If our heart is not right, we cannot worship right.  Worship is the God-centered focus and response of the soul.  So no matter what you say or sing you are worshipping only when your attention is on God.  And when your attention is on God you cannot help but only envision the holiness and worthiness of Him.

A profound statement about worship is found in John 4:23-25 as Jesus said, But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”  Before we can worship in spirit and in truth we must have within us the Holy Spirit.  Without Him true worship will not happen.  If you have no desire to worship there is something missing in your life.

Prayer

Lord, Holy is Your Name and Holy You are.  I praise You and honor You with my heart and soul.

Daily Devotional

The Den Of Lions

The Den Of Lions

Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!”
‭‭Daniel‬ ‭6:16

Daily Devotional

God’s Grace

Daniel had some enemies who devised a plan to remove him from serving the king and worshipping God. They went before King Darius and agreed that no one should serve anyone or any other god besides the king.  Unknowingly of the plan of deception, the king set forth the 30-day decree.

Daniel went about his normal routine and went up to his window and prayed toward Jerusalem to God.  The evil men knew they would find him praying and quickly brought him before the king to have him thrown into the lion’s den. The king was distressed after knowing what took place but had to go through with the plan of action. The king went to Daniel and said, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” Then the king fasted and prayed all night for Daniel. The next morning the king was there to witness that Daniel had been delivered. God sent Angels to close the lions’ mouths. After all of this, the king wrote a new decree that all people were to worship and serve God.

Daniel found himself in a tough situation but he never stopped trusting in God. He continued to pray and he put his trust in God when faced with hungry lions. He found favor with God. Interestingly, God did not remove Daniel from the pit. He sent Angels to protect him but God wanted Daniel to witness something very powerful.  God allowed Daniel to remain in the pit but with sufficient grace. God may not immediately remove us from our pit but He will protect us and give us grace to endure all that comes our way.

Prayer

Lord, Your grace is all I need. Keep me safe and take care of my enemies.

Daily Devotional

I Shall Not Want

I Shall Not Want

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1

Keeping Sheep

David knew what it meant to be a shepherd.  He knew what it took to protect sheep and keep them from harm. It was more than just leading sheep to water and feeding them.  When he was about to fight Goliath he said to King Saul, “…And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has struck down both lions and bears.” (1 Samuel 17:34-36)  David was more than a mighty man, he was a great shepherd.

David said the Lord is “my” shepherd.  In a very personal way, the Lord was the provider and protector for David.  When David was all alone in the wilderness with his sheep, the Lord was there with him.  And when he faced lions and bears, the Lord was there with him.  God gave him strength and might to be able to fight wild animals.  No wonder the Philistine giant was no problem for David.  It was just another day in the field.  David knew the power that God would give to him when he faced difficulties.  Going against Goliath was a walk in the park compared to fighting with lions and bears.

Interestingly, David also said because the Lord is my shepherd, “I shall to want.”  What an amazing statement.  Because the Lord is our shepherd we will never be in want for anything.  Don’t confuse this with fleshly desires though.  David was implying here that the Lord will never allow His sheep to be in need.  Every need will be met and be given with pleasure.

Prayer

Lord, I know that You alone are my shepherd and I turn to you for everything.  Thank You, Jesus, my Shepherd.