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?

Beauty From Ashes
Walt Harrah
© 2010 Seedsower Music ASCAP
THEME: God can redeem anything. He provides streams in the desert, and water from a rock. He can take any situation and bring good out of it.



Lyrics | Description

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. 

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted...

to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners...

to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God....

to comfort all who mourn....

and provide for those who grieve in Zion....

to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes....

the oil of gladness instead of mourning....

and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:1-3 

From a sermon on this text from Isaiah 61:

Here is beauty given for ashes. In the Hebrew there is a ring in the words which cannot be conveyed in the English.

The ashes that men put upon their head in the East in the time of sorrow made a grim tiara for the brow of the mourner; the Lord promises to put all these ashes away, and to substitute for them a glorious head dress—a diadem of beauty.

Or, if we run away from the word, and take the inner sense, we may look at it thus:—mourning makes the face wan and emaciated, and so takes away the beauty; but Jesus promises that he will so come and reveal joy to the sorrowing soul, that the face shall fill up again: the eyes that were dull and cloudy shall sparkle again, and the countenance, yea, and the whole person shall be once more radiant with the beauty which sorrow had so grievously marred.

I thank God I have sometimes seen this change take place in precious saints who have been cast down in soul. There has even seemed to be a visible beauty put upon them when they have found peace in Jesus Christ, and this beauty is far more lovely and striking, because it is evidently a beauty of the mind, a spiritual lustre, far superior to the surface comeliness of the flesh.

When the Lord shines full upon his servants' faces, he makes them fair as the moon, when at her full she reflects the light of the sun.

A gracious and unchanging God sheds on his people a gracious and unfading loveliness.

O mourning soul, thou hast made thine eyes red with weeping, and thy cheeks are marred with furrows, down which the scalding tears have burned their way; but the Lord that healeth thee, the Lord Almighty who wipeth all tears from human eyes, shall visit thee yet; and, if thou now believes "in Jesus, he shall visit thee now, and chase these cloudy griefs away, and thy face shall be bright and clear again, fair as the morning, and sparkling as the dew.

Thou shalt rejoice in the God of thy salvation, even in God, thy exceeding joy. Is not this a dainty promise for mourning souls?

 




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