Why we Worship

PSALM 47

Clap your hands, all peoples!
  Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
  a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
  and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
  the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout,
  the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
  Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
  sing praises with a psalm!

Why Sing?

God reigns over the nations;
  God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
  as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
  he is highly exalted!


Why Scripture?



 
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"Where Are You?"

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Way back when, Adam and Eve transgressed, and God saw. And he came looking, as they attempted to hide. Nothing has changed. We still transgress, we still hide, and God still seeks.


"We were created for God."
Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.

"Every living soul belongs to me.”
Ezekiel 18:4

"We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. "No man can come to me," said our Lord, "except the Father which hath sent me draw him," and it is by this very prevenient drawing that God takes from us every vestige of credit for the act of coming."
A. W. Tozer THE PURSUIT OF GOD

"Christianity is not about the sinner finding God, but about God finding the sinner."
David F. Wells ABOVE ALL EARTHLY POWERS

The idea of a seeking God can be a bit threatening. In MIRACLES, C. S. Lewis addressed the concept with the use of words that only he could muster:

"The Pantheist's God does nothing, demands nothing. He is there if you wish for Him, like a book on a shelf. HE WILL NOT PURSUE YOU.

There is no danger that at any time heaven and earth should flee away at His glance. If He were the truth, then we could really say that all the Christian images of kingship were a historical accident of which our religion ought to be cleansed.

It is with a shock that we discover them to be INDESPENSABLE. You have had a shock like tht before, in connection with smaller matters - when the line pulls at  your hand, when something breathes beside you in the darkness.

So here; the shock comes at the precise moment when the thrill of life is communicated to us along the clue we have been following.

It is always shocking to meet life where we thought we were alone. "Look out!' we cry, "it's alive!" And therefore this is the very point at which so many draw back - I would have done so myself if I could - and proceed no further with Christianity.

An "impersonal God"? Well and good.

A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness inside our own heads? Better still.

A formless life-force surgin through us, a vast power which we can tap? Best of all.

But GOD HIMSELF, ALIVE, pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps approaching at an infinite speed - the hunter, king, husband - that is QUITE ANOTHER MATTER.

There comes a moment when the children who have been playing at burglars hush suddenly: was that a real footstep in the hall?

There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (Man's search for God"!) suddenly draw back.

SUPPOSING WE REALLY FOUND HIM? We never meant it to come to that! WORSE STILL, SUPPOSING HE HAD FOUND US?"







Think About His Love

March 3, 2009

Meditating on the love of God is faith-energizing, hope-building, and the opposite of wasting time. Comprehending God is impossible, but the little we can know will be health and life to our soul.


The fool says in his heart, "there is no God." Psalm 14:1

Why a fool? Because if you think on the subject of God for even a moment, there dawns a sense of His greatness and our "dustness." Richard Baxter (the 1600's) the Puritan pastor shows us how this process of thinking on God can take shape.

If God be good, and infinitely good, then there is all the reason in the world that you should love Him; and there is no show of reason that you should love the world or sin before Him.

If He be faithful and true, His threatenings must be feared, and His promises must not be distrusted; and there is no reason that you should make any question of His word.

If He be holy....then He must be an enemy to sin, and to all that are unholy, because they are contrary to His nature.

Consider that He is almighty, and there is no resisting Him...in the twink of an eye can He snatch the guilty soul from thy body, and cast it where sin is better known.

A word of His mouth can set all the world against thee, and set thine own conscience against thee too....and if He be thine enemy, it is no matter who is thy friend; for all the world cannot save thee, if He do but condemn thee.

He was from eternity, and thou art but as it were of yesterday; thy being is from Him; thy life is always in His hands, thou canst not live an hour without Him, thou canst not fetch a breath without Him, nor think a thought, nor speak a word, nor stir a foot or a hand without Him.

No love can be great enough, and no praises can be high enough, and no service can be holy and good enough for such a God.

This is not a God to be neglected, or dallied with; nor a God to be resisted, nor proviked by the wilful breaking of His laws. O therefore dwell on the meditations of the almighty!

Extracted from A QUEST FOR GODLINESS by J. I. Packer

Whoever is wise let him heed these things, and consider the great love of the Lord. Psalm 107:43





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