In Ezekiel God states many times that He wants us to know that He is the sovereign Lord. “That they will know that I am the Lord”. Ezekiel 5:13, 6:10, 13 and 14. His desire is that we know Him and have a relationship with Him in which we know Him as sovereign Lord and want to share Him with others.

Psalm 104: 24-35 reminds us that God made all things in His wisdom and they all look to Him for everything - food, breath and life. God rejoices in all creation and He wants us to praise Him. He wants us to be satisfied with all the good things He gives us. Verse 28. We need Him for everything, even for the ability to praise Him, especially when things are not going well from our point of view. Verse 34 says in the Amplified Bible, “May my meditation be sweet and pleasing to Him; as for me, I will rejoice and be glad in the Lord.” I will praise Him! I choose to praise Him, to keep my mind fixed on His faithfulness to me, to love Him and adore Him, believing that He knows best and is my Sovereign God. He lovingly gives us the ability to praise Him and our praise pleases Him!

In Hebrews 4, the author instructs us that God wants us to enter into His rest, to believe Him and not to react in disobedience but to have faith in Him, to have a relationship with Him and to have peace with Him now and into eternal life. I believe God gives us His rest when we give thanks and praise Him, even when we don’t want to. Verse 11 tells us to make every effort to enter into that rest, strive for it, to work hard at it. Give praise at all times. God’s word, in verse 12, is the way we learn about our relationship with God, have faith in Him and strive for
obedience. Read God’s Word often, believe it, and trust that God wants a relationship with you.

Verse 14 reminds us that Jesus Christ became our High Priest, One who can sympathize with us in our weakness because He was tempted in all the ways we are, yet did not sin. Let us come to Him to receive His grace and mercy in our time of need. God wants us to be in relationship with the High Priest who is sovereign, and then to share Him with others.

by Melissa Shoemaker, Women's Ministry Team

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