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?



 


Who? In the 1500's in England, Lancelot Andrewes compiled for his own use "Private Prayers," which formed the structure he used to poured out his heart to God. Why reinvent the wheel? How might his "method" help us in the 21st Century?


Recent Entries

God? Who Needs Him?
May 31, 2013
Self-sufficient humanism. Paul saw it coming – “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”

Imago Dei
September 12, 2012
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Why Can't I Pray?
August 18, 2012
The bible gives us several reasons, but according to Jeremy Taylor, a deceitful heart is at the root of prayerlessness.

It's Not Rocket Science
July 23, 2012
To keep in step with the Spirit should be our daily quest. And if we are successful at that, all of life falls into place.

Theological Steak
April 10, 2012
These words by P. T. Forsythe on the magnificence of Christ's work are to theology what Ruth's Chris is to a good steak.

Describing the Indescribable
February 11, 2012
What we have in Christ will take all eternity to describe. But for one segment of one sermon, a great preacher made a mighty attempt.

Making Sense Of It All
January 30, 2012
Where are things headed? Is there rhyme and reason to the endless cycle of summer, fall, winter and spring? Is there a plan in place, or is randomness the explanation?

Thank God For Lancelot Andrewes

February 6, 2009



At his funeral, John Buckeridge said of Andrewes, "his life was a life in prayer to God." It was not uncommon for Andrewes to spend five hours a day in prayer, and "when his brother Master Nicholas Andrewes died, he took that as a certain sign and warning of his own death, and from that time till the hour of his death, he spent all his time in prayer. The prayer book, when he was in private, was rarely seen out of his hands."

"Of the character of Andrewes, the devotions are necessarily the monument. They represent as a whole what he was and what he aspired to be; what men knew of him and what they could not know....."

"They show us the background, the spring, the force and inspiration of his public life and activity, the root of what men recognized in him: his piety, a serene and filial faith, a profound penitence, a living hope, a passionate love of God and a longing to be to be true to all who knew of Him...."

".....a large, detailed, imaginative charity, alive to all the varied conditions, needs and interests of peoples and individuals, resting on a keen alertness to all that experience had brought with it and the obligations created by it...."

".......a gratitude alive to all that God had done for him, whether immediately or through men and through nature; and a genial appreciation of life, its joys and its sorrows, and a belief in the possibility of its consecration."

Extracted from the Introduction to THE PRIVATE DEVOTIONS OF LANCELOT ANDREWES by F. E. Brightman

It takes just one example to sense the humble heart of this man. Consider the following:

The very Truth I ask, mercy preventing and following, to learn me what things soever I  know not, that ought to be known unto the soul's health:

to keep me safe in the truths I know; to assist me in the things wherein, as a man, I am deceived;

to confirm me in the truths wherein I waver, and to deliver me from things false and noisome, and to make those things, which more than aught else are pleasing in the sight of the Truth itself, in such sort to come forth out of my mouth, that they may be acceptable unto all the faithful:

through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Lancelot Andrewes

 









© 2023 Seedsower Music