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?



 


What are you shooting for? Is your life being lived myopically, with self-interest as the bottom line? Or do you have the grand purposes of God propel you? Choose carefully. Each of us gets one go-around.


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Cheaper Chicken

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Eugene Peterson in his book RUN WITH THE HORSES quotes an alchemist, one Erwin Chargaff.....

"What do you want to achieve? Greater riches? Cheaper chicken? A happier life, a longer life? Is it power over your neighbors that you are after? Are you running away from your death? Or are you seeking greater wisdom, deeper piety?"

Peterson notes that "Jeremiah arouses passion for a full life. At the same time he firmly shuts the door against attempts to achieve it through self-promotion, self-gratification or self-improvement."

"His excellence comes from a life of faith, from being more interested in God than in self, and has almost nothing to do with comfort or esteem or achievements."

George Whitfield, that great "field evangelist" of the 1700's, experienced a call of God to the ministry at the age of 20. He shrank from it with dread, regarding the ministry as the awesome responsibility of standing to speak for God to a rebellious world. He cried out:

"O send me not, I cannot go!" But after days of struggling, in which the sweat "fell from his face like rain," and convinced that he could no longer resist the command of God, he submitted....

"What will become of me, I know not....I look for perpetual struggles and hope for...only a cross while on this side of eternity...the good of souls and the glory of God will be my only principle of action."

"I shall choose a voluntary poverty and give all I have to the poor. I give to him my soul and body to be disposed of and worn out in his labors as he shall think meet."
Dallamore volume 2, page 517

And some 30,000 sermons later he died having lived out that life. As a result, hundreds of thousands of souls in heaven will walk up to George Whitfield and thank him personally.

Isaiah overheard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" Isaiah 6:8

That same question still hangs in the air. Do you hear it? And if you do, just what is your response?












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