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?



 


Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) stated that the "reason why Christians are so loath to exchange this world for a better is because they have more sense than faith; they see what they enjoy; they do but hope for what is to come."


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Little children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:21

Anything that is cherished and cultivated apart from (in such a sense that we cannot carry it with us in the Godward movement of our life) becomes necessarily a hindrance, a profination, and at last a source of idolatry.

Extraced from THE WONDERFUL TREE, a sermon by Geehardus Vos. (which, if you haven't read, you must!!)

Paul Moser on a website that posts the writings of P. T. Forsythe, has these helpful thoughts on idolatry.

"What are we living for?  Things that kill and die, such as ourselves? Or things that give lasting life? Idols are things that kill. We die if we live for idols....we are truly freed from idols only by the power of God's grace, that is, by the free divine gift of God's Spirit through Jesus."

"Often we are unaware of the idols that kill us and, as a result, we neglect their deadly roles in our lives. Once we become aware of our idols, we still need power to be freed from them. We find ourselves, however, without the needed power within us."

"We need help from One who cares for us and has the power to free us. We need the power of a perfectly loving God. The Good News is that such power is in fact available as the prodigal children come Home."
   
"Our having idols at all is a spiritual heart problem. It signifies distortion and corruption at the spiritual core of a person. It is, in the end, our failure to put first things first, in particular, the first One first in our lives. Left untreated, our idols empty our lives of peace, joy, and unselfish love."

"Idolatry begins as theft from God, the gift Giver, as we value something or someone in a way that hinders the love and trust we owe to God. Idolatry turns back on us, however, to keep us from having what we need for true, lasting satisfaction in life. In the end, the greatest human tragedy is idolatry."

"It diminishes and even severs friendship with God, the only Giver of lasting life and satisfaction. Out of the tragedy of idolatry come all other human woes, including addictions, worries, selfish fears, resentments, jealousies, hatreds, and so on."

From the Puritan Stephen Charnock on idolatry....

"Idolatry grows in an environment where 'we feed upon the bone and not the marrow.'  We are pleased to crunch away on the shell, and not the kernel.  The internal worship of God, the worship of the heart, is unmoved.












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