April 29 – Bless God in Private and in Public

In Psalm 24, David writes how everything belongs to the Lord, but then he asks, “Who can go to the Lord’s holy place?” The ones with clean hands, a pure heart and truthful lips will meet up with God. God blesses those who worship Him. They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior.  This idea of God’s holy throne is carried further in Psalm 89.  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.  

How can we acclaim God today?  It can make a big difference when we learn to walk with Him daily and intentionally acknowledge, celebrate and rave about Him privately.  Then, when the opportunity comes up, we can tell others how He is worthy of praise.  This is “outside the sanctuary” kind of worship. When we live this way, we are more purposefully in tune with God in the little details (lost keys becoming found) and in the big (lost nations turning to God).  As we mature, our awareness of the scope of life and understanding of God increases our ability to praise the Lord for all things.

Psalm 24:5 NLT; Psalm 89:14-15 NIV