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?



 


Getting out of bed in the morning can be difficult. And making the time to be with God before the day demands our full attention is a challenge many of us struggle with. But the dividends are immeasurable.


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Rise And Shine!

February 4, 2009



Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35

Francis Quarles (1592-1644) was a poet and thinker and wordsmith. Much of his work was inspired directly by the Bibie, and even when he mused on life and politics, his advice was laced with Biblical wisdom. The following piece gives us a hint of his daily devotional habit.

Cleanse thy morning soul with private and due devotions;
Till then, admit no business.
The firstborn of thy thoughts are God's and not thine, but by sacrilege.
Think thyself not ready till thou hast praised him,
And he will always be ready to bless thee.

Another English poet, Henry Vaughn, wrote something similar....

Give him thy first thought,
Then, so shalt thou
Keep him in company all day,
And in him sleep.

He also saw a lesson in manna, and how the early morning was the time for collection of that God sent food....

The manna was not good after sun-rising -
Far-day sullies flowers
(they wilt)
Rise to prevent the sun
Sleep doth sins glut
And heaven's gate opens
When this world's is shut.

Robert Murray McCheyne the Scottish pastor, said "a calm hour with God is worth a whole lifetime with man." Only a person who had tasted of what it is like to be alone with God could make such a statement. And sweet times like that are difficult to have in the middle of a busy day.

Finally, Amy Charmichael's mother had the following poem written in her Bible, illustrating the same perspective....

I must wait betimes at his gate
E're the hush of down be broken
E're the hurry of life begin
And the calm of the morn depart
Some word for me alone
In the quietness may be spoken
Which all through the live-long day
I shall carry deep in my heart.

Eternity will tell how the prayers of that mother - before the hush of dawn was broken - ended up shaping the lives of little boys and girls in India through the life of her daughter Amy.










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