Week 3 – March 30

Pastor Tim

Scripture:
“Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us give a joyous shout to the rock of our salvation! Let us come before him with thanksgiving. Let us sing him psalms of praise.” (Psalm 95:1-2, NLT).

How do you approach the Lord? Think about it. If you want, go ahead and write some descriptive words that convey your typical approach. As you’re jotting down how you tend to come to God, let me point out a startling reality occurring in some parts of the world right now. A recent study suggests that in places like Australia, Austria, New Zealand, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Canada, Finland, Ireland, and the Netherlands… there’s such a lack of any kind of approach to God that “religion will (eventually) be driven towards extinction” in those regions (cf. “APS meeting in Dallas on March 23”). We’re not just talking about belief in Jesus… we’re talking about the mere adherence to any faith in a god at all. Pretty stunning, huh?

If our approach to God is impersonal…

If our approach to God is done merely out of a sense of duty…

If our approach to God is glum-faced…

If our approach to God is morbidly lifeless…

If our approach to God is detached…

You get the point. If our approach to God lacks life, then eventual extinction of any kind of approach to any kind of god makes perfect sense.

So let me ask you again. How do you approach God? Further, how is your daily approach helping to pave the way for the approach of your kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids? These questions, and more like them, highlight the beauty of the Psalmist’s clarion call: “Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us give a joyous shout to the rock of our salvation! Let us come before him with thanksgiving. Let us sing him psalms of praise.” (Psalm 95:1-2, NLT).

Prayer:
Lord, help my approach to You to reflect the reality of who You are. Amen.

 

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