Why we Worship


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?


Why Scripture?

Song is second-generation truth, extracted from scripture. Scripture is the fountain of God's truth, the source of who He is. Scripture has a power that song can never attain. When song and scripture are working in tandem, they provide a powerful one-two punch.

Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me. Then the word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all? Therefore speak to them and tell them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When any Israelite sets up idols in his heart and puts a wicked stumbling block before his face and then goes to a prophet, I the LORD will answer him myself in keeping with his great idolatry. I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.' "Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!'

Ezekiel 14:1-6
  1. Our hearts are prone to idolatry. God is forced to compete with that which we value, and hold onto tightly, and are engrossed in. (1 Corinthians 7:31) And he has said that he will not share his glory.
  2. Our worship of God is blunted by idolatry. Our prayers are hindered, if not cut off altogether. "Shall I let them inquire of me at all?" (verse 3)
  3. God is bent on recapturing our hearts. (verse 5) He does not stay angry forever, but delights to show mercy. (Micah 7:18)
  4. God requires of us repentance. "Repent," he says in verse 6. Turn, and renounce your previous mindset and habits.

Scripture is God's unique worship resource that aids us in our worship of Him. It shows us who God is and what he is like, and at the same time shows us ourselves and what we are like.

The Bible is "...the heart of God in the words of God."

Gregory the Great

"I am lost in amazement as I contemplate God the lover. The Bible is such a love letter. And the universe is so pressed down and running over with love."

George Bowen p. 202

I am the creature of a day, passing through life as an arrow through the air. I am a spirit come from God and returning to God; just hovering over the great gulf; till a few moments hence I am no more seen; I drop into an unchangeable eternity! I want to know one thing, the way to heaven; how to land safe on that happy shore. God Himself has condescended to teach the way; for this end He came from heaven. He hath written it down in a book. give me that book! At any price give me the Book of God! Lord, is it not Thy word--"If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God? You give liberally, and do not upbraid. You have said, if any be willing to do Thy will he shall know. I am willing to do; let me know Thy will."

John Wesley

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