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?



 
Worship


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April 27, 2010

In corporate worship, is there a standard that helps to measur e our effectiveness that goes beyond raised hands and a smile on the face of the worshipper? The answer is yes.


Somebody said something like this once (do I sound like the writer of the book of Hebrews?) that if you don't have a mark to shoot at, that you'll miss it every time.

Or was it that you'll hit something every time, but you have no idea what you hit?

At any rate, aimless worship is like competing in football without a game plan - you throw an occasional pass, you run off tackle, try a quarterback draw, and hope to get lucky. And you might get lucky and get a first down or two. But a victory? Nobody is that lucky!

In his book CHRIST-CENTERED WORSHIP, Bryan Chapell gives a tight summary of public worship that touches all the bases, and ends up being a home run (Oops, I just mixed sports metaphors!)....

"We do not have to insist on a particular order of worship elements or a particular style of expression to create authentic Christian worship. But what we cannot avoid, if we are to worship God rightly, are the dynamics of the gospel."

"The gospel that we are prepared to understand in the Old Testament and that we observe in the New Testament always confronts the believer with the greatness and goodness of God."

"This good news humbles the believers so that their worship naturally and necessarily includes acknowledgment of their need for his mercy."

"When God's people receive assurance of his provision, they respond with thanksgiving and such desire to please him that they long for the instruction of his Word and communion with his people."

"In short, because they have experienced his love, God's people love  what and whom he loves - and their worship of him naturally includes expression of such love."

This being the time of year that the NBA championship is taking place, let me add one more sport to the metaphor list. You may not win every game, but you will win the series. Over the longhaul, your worshippers will grow into mature lovers of God and live for his glory.







Where Else Can We Go?

September 2, 2009

When Peter uttered these five words, they modeled the conclusion of every sincere believer - that Jesus alone is Lord, and has no rival - never has and never will. Simply stated, Jesus is the way to God, all other roads are cul-de-sacs.


John Owen, the Puritan of Puritans, preached a sermon in 1646 from Acts 16:9 titled UNCHANGABLE, FREE MERCY. Towards the end of this 35 page sermon, as he began to extol the Lord Jesus Christ, he suddenly seemed to get caught up in the glory of who Christ is. His words are like a spring bubbling up, and they still refresh us now, as they must have done for his hearers 350 years ago.

Jesus Christ is all, and in all; and where he is wanting (lacking, absent, not recognized, desired or honored) there can be no good.

Hunger cannot truly be satisfied without manna, the bread of life, which is Jesus Christ; and what shall a hungry man do that has no bread?

Thirst cannot be quenched without that water or living spring, which is Jesus Christ; and what shall a thirsty soul do without water?

A captive, as we are all, cannot be delivered without redemption, which is Jesus Christ; and what shall the prisoner do without his ransom?

Fools, as we are all, cannot be instructed without wisdom, which is Jesus Christ; without him we perish in our folly.

All building without him is on the sand, which will surely fall.

All working without him is in the fire, where it will be consumed.

All riches without him have wings, and will away.

A dungeon with Christ is a throne; and a throne without Christ is a hell.

The greatest evil in the world is sin, and the greatest sin was the first; and yet Gregory feared not to cry, “O happy fault, which found such a Redeemer!”

All mercies without Christ are bitter; and every cup is sweet that is seasoned but with a drop of his blood; he is truly the love and delight of the sons of men, without whom they must perish eternally; “for there is no other name given unto them, whereby they may be saved."

He is the Way; men without him are Cains, wanderers, vagabonds.

He is the Truth; men without him are liars, like the devil, who was so of old.

He is the Life; without him men are dead, dead in trespasses and sins.

He is the Light, without him men are in darkness, and go they know not whither.

He is the Vine; those that are not grafted in him are withered branches, prepared for the fire.

He is the Rock; men not built on him are carried away with a flood.

He is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the author and the ender, the founder and the finisher of our salvation.

He that does not have him, has neither beginning of good, nor shall have end of misery.

O blessed Jesus! How much better were it not to be, than to be without thee!

It is more desirable never to be born, than to die and not be in thee! A thousand bells come short of this, eternally to want (lack) Jesus Christ, as men do that want (lack) the gospel.





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