Continual Praise

Luke 24:52-53

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And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.

Luke 24:52–53, ESV

Upon witnessing the ascension of our Lord, the disciples celebrated through worship. This is the calling for all followers of Christ. Our faith is centered in the truth of our God’s redemption of all who believe through Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. We know His resurrection and ascension have laid the path to our salvation, and our hearts are meant to be buoyed by the promises that He has given us. The reality of the forgiveness that we have received is meant to free us from the burden of our errors in order to be of greater service to all who are in need. The early disciples didn’t stop worshiping at the temple or the synagogue. For those in Jerusalem, they were regularly at the temple praying and proclaiming the Good News. Their fervor didn’t necessarily bring them comfort. We know that, for many, their fervor for Christ Jesus cost them everything. Yet, for them, this was a worthwhile cost. It is good for us to reflect on the glorious gift of our God and the blessings that He has given to us, never losing sight of the promises that He has given to us as we worship and praise Him continually.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.