The Beauty of Worship

In the future, the mountain with the Lord’s temple will be the highest of all.
It will reach above the hills; every nation will rush to it.
3 Many people will come and say,
“Let’s go to the mountain of the Lord God of Jacob and worship in his temple.”

The Lord will teach us his Law from Jerusalem, and we will obey him.
4 He will settle arguments between nations.
They will pound their swords and their spears into rakes and shovels;
they will never make war or attack one another.
5 People of Israel, let’s live by the light of the Lord.       Isaiah 2:1-5 (CEV)

Lectionary texts: Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44

The texts this week are beautiful. To read them is to truly worship the LORD with His own inspired words. The texts are also God’s promises of what is to come when we will all enter the New Jerusalem and live for all eternity with our Father God. While we focus this week on thanks and praise to our loving and merciful LORD and Savior, let us also remember that it is also the first week of Advent. Let us prepare ourselves to enter into the House of the LORD.

Hold on to this devotion this week and take the time read all four passages and listen to the music. Maybe while you are preparing a meal you can allow the YouTube video of Shalom Jerusalem to play. Mary Poppins said a spoonful of sugar helps any task become easier to do. I suggest that even more, worship music makes cleaning, washing, or any task a time of blessings. Give it a try! Worship the LORD in whatever you do this week.

Up to Jerusalem written and sung by Paul Wilbur

Here is the video of this wonderful concert in its entirety.

Shalom Jerusalem album with Paul Wilbur live from Israel

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