Verse to Remember: “I will celebrate and be joyful because you, Lord, have saved me.” — Psalm 35:9 (CEV)
Question to Consider: When you worship, are you more concerned about what others think or what God thinks?
[Read More] thoughts on key lessons learned over all 40 Days of Rick Warren’s 40 Days of Community.
The thing I find most interesting about today’s devotional is its focus on the past, to push us to remember all that God has done. I’m not very past oriented, which can be a virtue but at times is a vice. I am reminded of the research showing that deliberately thanking a mentor is the best single act for improving my own happiness (though I’m sure the mentor enjoys it too :-). Perhaps that is one reason why God commands worship: He deserves it because of who He is to us, and we find our greatest happiness in acknowledging that valid debt and dwelling on all that He has done.
In light of that, let me try highlight some of the most significant ways God (and Rick) have blessed me over the last 40 days, in reverse order:
Whew! Quite a lot of learning. The goal now is to build relationships and habits to continue nurturing these truths in my own life. Including this devotional. I’m not quite sure how that will play out, but I look forward to seeing what God will do — and pray I will be found faithful!