April 1, 2015
1. We need to serve God with joyfulness and gladness of heart
Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;
God is the only one who gives us more than we bring to Him.
Serve the Lord with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.
A Psalm of praise.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Noise is any sound that is out of place. But God asks us to make a joyful noise. God is not looking for perfection, He is looking for the joy that we attach to what we're doing. The attitude with what you're offering what you're offering is more important than you're offering.
Gods ability to hear sound goes beyond what we can understand as humans. God can receive praise from even stones.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
3. Serve God with humility of mind and in tears
Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: