Wednesday Wanderings with Dr. Sherri is biweekly and a time we set aside to wander in the Presence of Jesus and ponder His truths. When you are ready, prepare your mind, body, and soul to have a transformational encounter with Jesus.
Watch the Wednesday Wanderings Welcome for this week.
Now that we have cleared our minds of the clutter, we can wander on the journey with our Holy Jesus.
PREPARATION: In our last Wandering with Dr. Sherri, we responded to God’s holiness. This week we will consider our response to God’s mercy and might. When you are ready, you may begin the dialogue with Jesus and state: “Jesus, I invite you to help me to leisurely wander into your Presence. Prepare my heart to receive, and illuminate my spiritual senses to encounter you.”
PROMISE: Psalm 63:3 Basic English Version
PSALM: Holy, Holy, Holy was originally written by Reginald Heber in 1826.
How do we respond to our holy, merciful, and mighty God? Praise! Praise is an expression of thanksgiving for who God is and for what He has done. The angels of heaven praise Him. The creations of earth praise Him. The songwriter declares that all God’s works shall praise Him. This includes you and I.
As we spend time wandering into the Presence of God, He will reveal His wonder to us. We will learn of His holiness and we will respond in worship. We will come to know the might of the Lion of Judah and the gentle mercy of the Lamb of God and we will respond in praise.
Our praise responses may vary as there are different ways to praise God. Here are a few Hebrew words for praise.
- Barak means to kneel or bow in adoration (Psalm 95:6).
- Yadah means to extended hands (Psalm 63:4).
- Towdah means to sing in prophetic praise (Psalm 50:14).
- Shabach means to shout (Isaiah 12:6).
- Halal means to say hallelujah (Psalm 113:1).
Whether we choose to bow, extend our hands, sing, or shout hallelujah, praise is a response to our Holy God’s mercy and His might.
PONDER and WANDER: If you choose, Ponder the question: What is my praise response to the holy, merciful, and mighty God?
There is no right or wrong way to praise God. God is not concerned with our method of praise. If I can confess, my praise response sometimes take the form of a dance. Sometimes it almost looks like ballet leaps. Sometimes it almost looks like Zumba. Sometimes it almost looks like hand dancing. Sometimes it almost looks like line dancing. My habit when I hear music is to dance. Because I mostly listen to Worship music, I dance to the worship music. What is your habitual method of praise?
Soul care training exercise: It takes time to develop a habit. If we want praise to be our normal response to God, we have to begin to train our soul to respond in praise.
If you choose, complete this week’s soul training exercise by setting aside time to praise God in the way your choose. Take time to still your mind and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
- When you are ready, clear your mind and focus on the Holiness of God.
- Next, set your timer for three minutes and take a praise break.
- Begin to praise God in the way you choose.
- Then, consider making a habit of it.
If you would like to listen to a song to set your heart on worship and your mind on praising God, you may listen to Praise Like Oil
PRAYER: God, you are worthy of every praise I could ever bring. I pour out my praise like oil onto your feet. I break my alabaster box not to impress anyone but because I behold you! You are worthy. In the Holy name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
PRAISE: Now that you have emptied your mind of the clutter and wandered with Jesus, take a closing moment to thank our Holy, Merciful, and Mighty God. Let the work of your wandering fill you with the love of Christ.
Then take the mindfulness of God’s presence cultivated in these last few minutes of wandering into the next ones and beyond.
Until next time, be Resonant.
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