“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name.”

Malachi 3:16

Praising and Worshipping Our Creator

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

Psalm 95:6

written by Sr. Maudeline Michel

The one thing that stuck with me this whole year is the importance of praising and worshiping my God. Although I've heard many wonderful messages this year, the one that really stood out to me more is to acknowledge God as the Creator of all and everything that I do must bring Him praise not dishonor. I've noticed that those who serve God most joyfully are those who know Him personally. Our biblical act of worship is not what we do on the weekend in our dresses and suits but it's what we do during the week.

As a sacrificial act of worship, God expects us to be holy and pleasing to Him. We must worship not only on our knees but also as we live. We must keep an attitude of praise in all our activities. I know we live in a fast-paced society and sometimes I also find myself with no time to read my bible or pray but that is not an excuse. Jesus was busy, Paul was busy, Moses was busy, Peter was busy and so were the other followers of Christ. But being too busy with the things of this world can become an endless pursuit of things that leave us empty and hollow and broken inside. That kind of business cannot be pleasing to God. Focusing on our Father and Creator should become our priority; everything else can take a backseat.

Sometimes I look at my children with amazement and wonder at the exquisite delicacy of each limb, facial feature, fingernail, smile and personality, and I become speechless but then I look up to praise the One behind the magnificent way they have been knit together. The Creator of all creation has given us hearts and minds, enabling us to look at all His creation and to worship the Master Craftsman. Just like an artist can't not paint, and a runner can't not run, God couldn't not create; He is the Creator. God the Creator completed His masterpiece by creating man and woman. He also created us with freedom to choose or reject Him. Whether you choose to serve Him or not, God has people all over the world praising and worshiping Him day and night.

I've examined myself and God has given me the privilege to share with you an experience I had recently. A couple weeks ago I had worked six days straight and by the time Saturday came along I made up my mind, that when I arrived at our Saturday evening service that I would just let myself fall asleep no matter what, but God had another plan. When service started the band was playing and I was still feeling tired and sleepy but by the time the second song was being played I found myself making the effort to raise my hand and worship. Then the band was playing the third song and I felt God’s presence covering me and suddenly I had strength to praise Him and thank Him. I could not stop crying and talking to Him; I just felt like His arms were around me and assuring me that I am His. When the band finished playing I was still in the spirit. I found myself standing and testifying about how wonderful my Creator is. Where He has taken me from, how I've grown in knowing Him and the experiences He put me through to test my faith. I couldn't stop talking about how he has changed my life. God knows what's best for me; He has guided my life even before I knew He existed.

Brothers and sisters praising and worshiping our Creator not only causes us to rejoice, it also unifies us. Worshiping is the “thank you” that refuses to be silent. We do not worship an absentee God. He sees all, let Him in and He will change your life and remember if you don't praise and worship Him somebody will.