The Great Equalizer
Tuesday, December 14, 1999

   I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.  This will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs.  The poor will see and be glad -- you who seek God, may your hearts live!
    -- Psalm 69:30-32, New International Version

   In our society, there is such a great disparity between the wealthy and the poor.  We can ask the question "why" and receive an unlimited number of different answers.  But hear the Good News, in worship, as we sing, pray and praise, the disparity between all of humanity dissipates.  Worship, our relationship with God, and the rest of humanity are placed in a wonderful inter-woven circle.  We love and respond to God because God loves us.  We worship out of thanksgiving and praise.  We worship with others because this is a shared relationship.  We love one another because it is how we relate to others that truly show the love we have for God and that love exemplifies the Love God has for us.  Worship the Great Equalizer!

   Holy God, Almighty and majestic King, you are worthy of all honor and praise.  You have done wonderful and mighty things.  You have poured out your blessings upon me.  You have kept your promises and provided me with the way of salvation.  Please empower and strengthen me as I commit myself to bless, serve, and encourage others for your glory.  In Jesus' name. Amen.