Paul has some powerful prayers in the book of Ephesians. Here are two of them

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints,  and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of his strength. — Ephesians 1:17-19 (CSB)

 

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom very family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.– Ephesians 3:14-19

When I read these prayers, I see the Psalmists cry of Psalm 42 coming to fruition in Christ. All of our longings. All of our thirsts. All of our passions. All of our desires. All of our joys. All of our peace. All of our truth. All of our being is satisfied and fulfilled only through Jesus Christ.

Someday, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord over all and that He deserves all honor, praise, and glory (Phil 2:10-11). On that day we will see people from every tribe, nation, language, and background praising the Lord of all Creation (Rev. 7:9-12)!

But here is the deal. Why wait to worship God with all your heart? Why chase after anything else to fulfill all of your longings? Why wait to worship alongside someone of a different language, ethnicity, or background? Christ offers to reconcile you with Him and with others through the victory accomplished on the cross and through the empty grave.

If you know Jesus Christ, then spend time today worshiping Him. Then, celebrate being able to worship Him corporately with other believers on Sundays (and any other time you can gather together).

Here is a wonderful picture of Psalm 42 meeting Revelation 7

 

-Pastor Ben

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