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?



 
Psalms
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)


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Every living soul belongs to me. Ezekiel 18:4


What would you think would be the final thought in the book of Psalms?  Keep up your Bible reading?  Don't forget to go to church?  Find an orphan to adopt or a widow to bless?  Be sure you tithe?  Those all have their place, but the final verse of this wonderful collection of thoughts on God simply says this - Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord.  Psalm 150:6

Everything that has breath? That's so, well, comprehensive!  It seems to leave no one out.  Why is that?  When Paul was in Lystra, the locals were so impressed with his ministry that they assumed he was Hermes - which they meant as a complement, viewing Paul as a messenger from the gods to humans. We get our word "hermenutics" from this source.  Anyway, Paul was very disturbed at being called a god, and did his best to clarify just who was God and who wasn't.

"Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. In the past, he let all nations go their own way. Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy." Acts 14:15-17

Jesus said similar words, that the Father causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  Matthew 5:45  No one who draws breath in this world does so exclusive of the kindness of God. Jesus, we are told according to Colossians 1:17, has the critical job of holding all of creation together, so that it doesn't just   fall apart! 

And this grace of God, this kindness, this blessing, this favor is a testimony, a sign of goodwill, a peace offering, that is meant to jumpstart a relationship with God, an encounter that ends up with us acknowledging his Lordship, his rule, and his unique Mediator - the One disignated by God to be the means by which we are accepted before him - the Lord Jesus Christ, who was dead and is now alive, seated on his throne in the heavenlies.

In actuality, this call to praise is like when your mom shouted upstairs - "SOUPS ON!!"  You came running, because you were about to get your fill of good, satisfying kid food, and mom beamed as you devoured her labor of love.  Most of the time though, we didn't stop and thank mom.  Gratitude comes begrudgingly.  But we must attempt to praise our God, no matter how feeble.  Thanking God glorifies Him as the giver in all of life, and it does us a world of good in the process.

How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!  Psalm 147:1









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