BAGUIO

Praise and worship



IN TIMES when the occurrences of disasters and calamities become frequent and unpredictable, technical working groups of concerned agencies become preoccupied in devising preventive schemes and remedial measures to deter severe damage. It is also in this occasion that people are reminded to call for divine intervention.

It is inappropriate though that such act becomes the last resort. It should be primary and customary because it is our mark as true Filipinos. It is our dependency unto God.

We declared this in the preamble of the 1987 Constitution. As sovereign Filipino people, we implore the aid of the Almighty God. It is our admission that we cannot do things apart from Him which should be exemplified in our consistent act of praising and worshiping Him. Praise and worship is a form of adoration that displays recognition of Him as the source of all blessings. It opens up supernatural favor and protection not only to the worshipper but also to the area of operation where the worshipper is based.

Let us learn from the Americans. In God, they trusted. We can read this in their currency. It is their national motto that was cascaded to every city. A notable researcher said that their first ten presidents strongly advocated the observance of the noble principle. Its glorious and significant impact was undeniably evident. They became a superpower in the world. It all started in their avowed confession that put into practice. In line with this, a famous quote by Dr. Jonathan David states, “When a man is redeemed, the land is redeemed”. It takes a worshipper of God for a nation to be spared from destruction and further devastation.

Praise and worship therefore is more than a religious act. It is more than a mechanical act of raising hands and singing songs. It is a lifestyle that forms part of all our activities. It is glorifying God in all our actions and decisions. It manifests through excellent performance of public or private functions. It is best represented in righteous living rather than devotion to a certain religion. Active participation to religious rites does not make one a worshipper absent of a holy life. It is required that we are constantly connected to the One who gives us the enablement to live right in order to stand in behalf of our land.

Wistfully, some scoff when God is mentioned in speeches, lectures, or discourse. They usually associate it to a religious sermon. Unknown to them, invoking God in our everyday affair should be a usual norm apart from the observance of religious obligations. It is an act of praise and worship. An avenue by which we relate to our Deity. In this manner, our spirituality is strengthened. We become more impregnable amidst of decaying environment. We become unyielding to temptations and discerning to deceptive contrivances. It is our way of becoming triumphant on a daily basis. It is a must to those who are reformers and crusaders of lasting, nationwide change.


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