“They shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, God with us. (Luke 1:23)
As I read this Psalm, I was captivated by the absolute privilege it is to come to God in Worship.
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
3 For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills are His also.
5 The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7 For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.
It would be grace enough, gift enough, for God to give us life. It would be grace enough that God would bless us with rain and sunshine, with food and shelter. It would be grace enough that God brings people into our lives to bless us.
But our God walked among us, lived with us. Was patient and forgiving, He humbled Himself to become a man, someone like us, knowing our frailties. And of course, more than we could ever deserve – to die in our place.
All that is more than we could expect. So much more than we deserve. And I know that, but last night as I read this Psalm, I was reminded that God loves to be among us as we gather, as we worship. What an amazing thing it is to worship Him. What an amazing thing it is to gather here on Zoom to worship and to pray. And what an amazing thing it is to know, that He walks with us today, throughout the day, wherever we are – and He loves it when we turn to Him, because we remember He is there – and tell Him that we love Him – and show Him by our obedience – and honour and worship Him before others.
There are no words to describe what it is to be a beloved child of the Living God – so would you join with me in simply giving thanks and worship to Him today.