Climatic Worship

And he led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.  While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven.  And they, after worshipping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising God.  Luke 24: 50-53

Years ago I attended a Bill Gather concert with my husband and several friends, here in our local area.  As the music filled the arena you could sense the presence of the Lord among the people.  People stood to their feet applauding, tapping their feet, clapping their hands, singing along and raising their hands in worship, all for our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Once the concert had ended, there was a strong presence of the Lord that lingered in my spirit.  I, among hundreds of others, had just spent three hours praising and worshipping Jesus and I desired to continue worshipping in his presence.

On the way home, the spirit of the Lord filled my heart with a song that I would like to share with you today…

The walk of Jesus is a walk like I’ve never known.

The walk of Jesus is a walk like I’ve never known.

His walk on earth was all for me.

Oh the walk of Jesus is a walk like I’ve never known.

The tears of Jesus are tears like I’ve never known.

The tears of Jesus are tears like I’ve never known.

His tears of sorrow were all for me.

Oh the tears of Jesus are tears like I’ve never known.

The blood of Jesus is blood like I’ve never known.

The blood of Jesus is blood like I’ve never known.

He shed his blood all for me.

Oh the blood of Jesus is blood like I’ve never known.

I thank you Jesus for giving your life for me.

I thank you Jesus for giving your life for me.

The cross you bore was all for me.

Oh I thank you Jesus for giving your life for me.

The climax to an incredible evening of worship led me to immediately go home and write the words to the song down.  Joyfully, I have sung the song numerous times to the Lord and have treasured the song in my heart.

The disciples had the privilege of walking with Jesus side by side for three years.   Together they had experienced Jesus’ life, death and resurrection first hand.  Once the journey on earth for Jesus was complete, they witnessed his ascension up to heaven.  Talk about a climax.  No wonder they returned to Jerusalem with great joy and continually praised God in the temple.

Holy week is a time of reflection and giving thanks to God.   Witness first hand his love, his tears, his sorrow, his pain, his forgiveness in your life.  Then joyfully, lift up your hands and sing songs of praise and worship Him all week.  The journey will lead to an incredible climatic Easter Risen Savior Sunday you will never forget.

Heavenly Father, prepare my heart this week to experience a climatic Risen Savior Sunday.  In Jesus Name, Amen!

Marty Girardier

Marty Girardier is a weekly contributing devotional writer for Our Circle of Friends. As author of the book titled “How Shall We Feed Them?” A Practical Guide for Organizing a Food Pantry, her calling to the food pantry ministry began in 2005. Through the obedience of writing the book God has expanded her writing opportunities. Currently she writes a ministry blog titled ‘Pantry of Praise’ http://www.pantryofpraise.com/. An uplifting, encouraging blog filled with ideas on how to minister to food recipients. She is a published devotional writer with The Secret Place and The Quiet Hour. Marty and her husband John reside in Chesapeake, Virginia with their dog Mocha. They have two grown sons, two daughter-in-laws, and four active grandsons.

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