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?



 


The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:16


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Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.
O Lord, listen!
O Lord, forgive!
O Lord, hear and act!
For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.
Daniel 9:17-19


This prayer is from the same Daniel who ended up in the lion's den for refusing to stop praying. This is the man who fearlessly stood before kings, and told them the plan of God.

Martin Luther is known for many things, but certainly his prayer life might have been his greatest asset. His friend Philip Melancthon writes of what he personally observed....

"I cannot enough admire the extraordinary cheerfulness, consistency, faith and hope of the man in these trying and vexatious times. He constantly feeds these gracious affections by a very diligent study of the Word of God."

"Then not a day passes in which he does not employ in prayer at least three of his very best hours. Once I happened to hear him in prayer. Gracious God! What spirit and what faith is there in his expressions! He petitions God with as much reverence as if he were in the divine presence, and yet with as firm a hope and confidence as he would address a father or a friend."

"'I know,' said he, 'You are our Father and our God; and therefore I am sure that you will bring to nothing the persecutors of your children. For if you fail to do this, your own cause, being connected with ours, would be endangered. It is entirely your own concern. We, by your providence, have been compelled to take a part. Now O God, be our defense.'"

Melancthon continues, "While I was listening to Luther pray in this manner, at a distance, my soul seemed on fire within me, to hear the man address God so like a friend, yet with so much gravity and reverence; and also to hear him, in the course of his prayer, insisting on the promises contained in the Psalms, as if he were sure his petitions would be granted."

Quoted from A TREASURY OF PRAYER by E. M. Bounds page 69-70









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