Pure Praise : Week 1 Studies
Day 1: "All That Is Within Me"
David proclaims the words utter by many songwriters over the years in Psalm 103:1 :
"Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!"
David is proclaiming that all that is within him will praise God. It is a measure we all wish we could meet and, after all, is commanded that we do so. Mark 12:29 comes at a point when the Sadducees had been questioning Jesus on a variety of topics. One of the scribes asked Jesus which of the commandments was the most important. Jesus answered by citing scripture from Deuteronomy :
4"Hear, O Israel:(E) The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[b] 5You(F) shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6And(G) these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7(H) You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8(I) You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9(J) You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
While Jesus did not include the whole passage in His answer – the intent was abundantly clear. This commandment to love God with all that is within you should spill over into all areas of our lives. The worship we give to our God should not suffer in this area. Sadly, we either overdo worship so that it becomes all about us instead of all that is within us.
When we only give a portion of what is within us – we need to ask where the remaining portion has gone. More than likely there are areas of our lives that we have become more passionate about, devote more time to, and have made more of a priority. While it may be time to re-prioritize and potentially even rid ourselves of some "priorities", we cannot fully give God "all that is within us" if we make Him a mere priority. To truly love Him with "all that is within us", He must become the center of all that we are and all that we wish to be. Making Him a priority means that He exists on a list instead of existing in all areas of our lives. Before we can begin to grow closer in worship…we have to determine what is holding us back.
So, with that being said…let’s discuss some questions.
- What holds you back from worshiping God with "all that is within you"?
- Why would Jesus call out the commandment in Deuteronomy as the most important?
- How could you benefit from giving up some of your "priorities" in order to give God "all that is within you"?
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