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?



 
Adoration of
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable! (Psalm 145:3)



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We've all prayed perfunctory prayers. "Thanks for the food, Lord. Amen." Taking the time to pray before a sermon has given way to opening illustrations that put the listeners "at ease." Not so George Herbert, the 17th century pastor/poet.


Imagine the man standing before the congregation, with these words of exalted worship gushing forth...

O Almighty and ever-living Lord God!  Majesty and Power and Brightness and Glory!

And then follows humility and contrition, as the creature addresses the Creator. Eventually, Herbert turns to the sermon that is yet to be preached, and his request that it be blessed from above....

Blessed be the God of Heaven and Earth! who only doth wondrous things. Awake therefore, my lute, and my viol! Awake all my powers to glorify thee!

We praise thee! We bless thee! We magnify thee for ever!

And now, O Lord! in the power of thy victories, and in the ways of thy ordinances, and in the truth of thy love, lo, we stand here, beseeching thee to bless thy word, wherever spoken this day throughout the universal Church.

O make it a word of power and peace, to convert those who are not yet thine, and to confirm those that are: particularly, bless it in this thy own kingdom, which thou hast made a land of light, a store-house of thy treasures and mercies.

O let not our foolish and unworthy hearts rob us of the continuance of this thy sweet love: but pardon or sins and perfect what thou hast begun.

Ride on Lord, because of the word of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. Especially, bless this portion here assembled together, with thy unworthy servant speaking unto them:

Lord Jesu! teach thou me, that I may teach them: sanctify, enable all my powers, that in their full strength they may deliver thy message reverently, readily, faithfully and fruitfully.

O make thy word a swift word, passing from the ear to the heart, from the heart to the life and conversation: that has the rain returns not empty, so neither may thy word, but accomplish that for which it is given.

O Lord hear, O Lord forgive! O Lord, harken, and do so for thy blessed Son’s sake, in whose sweet and pleasing words we say....

OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN
HALLOWED BE THY NAME
THY KINGDOM COME
THY WILL BE DONE
ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD
AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS
AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS
AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM
AND THE POWER
AND THE GLORY FOREVER. AMEN


I don't know about you, but now I'm all ears. Don't hold back, George. Let me have it!





A Burst of Praise

October 3, 2008

Do you often feel tongue-tied when trying to express devotion to God? Do words fail you? Why not borrow from the best? Here, from the heart of Augustine, a transformed mind expresses the grandest truths in a masterful, gifted outpouring.


Charles Wesley wished for a thousand tongues, in order to more exhaustively praise our God. If this had been granted to Augustine, we wouldn't have books enough to contain his praise.  From his CONFESSIONS (slightly tweaked for the modern reader) listen to him soar in the Spirit.

What are you then, my God?
What, but the Lord God? 
For who is Lord but the Lord?
Or who is God save our God? 

Most high, most good, most potent, most omnipotent; most merciful, yet most just;
most hidden, yet most present;
most beautiful, yet most strong,
stable, yet incomprehensible;
unchangeable, yet all-changing;
never new, never old;
all-renewing, and bringing age upon the proud, without their knowing it;
always working, always at rest;
always gathering, but never lacking anything;
supporting, filling, and overspreading;
creating, nourishing, and maturing;
seeking, yet having all things.

You love but without passion;
you are jealous but never with anxiety;
angry, yet serene;
you change your works, yet your purpose remains unchanged;
you are never in need, yet you rejoice in gains.





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