Happy Anniversary, Dear Friends!
One year ago this month, we began the journey of Scripture Writing. One year ago this month "Inscribe the Word" was born. At the time it was called Open My Eyes, and our Scripture Writing Journey began.
You can read our FIRST Scripture Writing post HERE.
In this year, I have heard numerous testimonies from women and families about how Inscribe the Word has changed their time with the Lord. I have heard testimonies of families spending phone-free time together each day to write out their Scriptures. Women have told me how the simple process of Scripture writing has brought them back into a daily routine of spending time with Jesus. Many have said that each morning is looked forward to with excitement as they spend their first hours of the day in the Word.
I never imagined Inscribe the Word, would become such a wonderful resource, and I am so glad that you and your families have been blessed by this wonderful Bible Study method.
This month marks a whole year of themed Bible study plans, and I couldn't think of a better anniversary gift than to inscribe a subject that is near and dear to my heart.
Last June, we inscribed PRAISE. This month, we are inscribing WORSHIP. Many people think that praise and worship are the same thing; they are interchangeable. But the Hebrew words for praise and worship are entirely different carrying different meanings.
I have often studied the words of Praise and Worship leader Judson Cornwall. His revelation on praise and worship is stunning. He has written dozens of books many on the topics of praise and worship.
In his book, Let Us Worship, Cornwall uses Psalm 95 to distinguish the difference between praise and worship. Psalm 95:1-2 says, "Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms."
Only after we have praised. After we have sang, joyfully shouted, come before His presence with thanksgiving and psalms, and offered praise the psalmist invites us to worship in verse 6. "O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our Maker."
"Praise," Cornwall writes, "prepares us for worship"; it is a "prelude to worship." Praise is not an attempt to get something from God; it is a ministry that we offer to God. We offer praise for what God has done— for God's mighty deeds in history and continued providential presence in our lives.
While we praise God for what he has done, we worship God for who he is. Praise begins by applauding God's power, but it often brings us close enough to God that worship can respond to God's presence.
While the energy of praise is toward what God does, the energy of worship is toward who God is. The first is concerned with God's performance, while the second is occupied with God's personage. The thrust of worship, therefore, is higher than the thrust of praise" (p. 146 of Let Us Worship).
This month, as we celebrate the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Inscribe the Word, I pray that you get a deeper understanding of Worship. I pray that like the Samaritan Woman, you begin to see what it means to worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. (John 4).
Happy Anniversary, dear friends. Here's to many more years of INSCRIBING THE WORD together.
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