LET’S WORSHIP THE LORD TOGETHER
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 [NLT]
King David speaks to the believers through the centuries exhorting us to worship God. The Psalms are filled with injunctions to worship God. Space would not permit us to list all of the commands to worship. Worship is a gift given to the believer. It is a privilege and honor to acknowledge God in worship; both individual and corporate (Psalm 122:1). Worship is captured in those special God moments. Such moments are simply down payments for all eternity.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism states the following: “What is the chief end of man?” The response is: “Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.”
Worship is the command of Scripture to the believer. We are called to worship the Lord individually and collectively. The Scripture reminds us that worship is our duty and also our privilege. We are to spend time with the Lord daily and we are commanded to join with our church family in the unity of faith and the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-16). We are to worship God first, and then minister to each other (Hebrews 10:23-25).
Worship is focused adoration and praise to God alone! We must guard our focus. There are many distractions that can deflect our worship. God alone is to be worshipped!
“Worship is ministering to God and blessing is God’s response to our worship.” (RWP)
Worship is glorification, not entertainment. Worship is our response to grace. Worship is praise for redemption, reconciliation, and eternal liberation (Psalm 34:4).
Also, worship is an expression that must come from a pure heart; righteous understanding; mental evaluation; and spiritual inspiration. Worship
transcends style and preference to enter into the Holy Presence of God alone (Isaiah 42:8).
JESUS TRANSCENDS CULTURE
We do not know what Jesus looks like. Scripture is vague concerning Jesus physical description (Isaiah 53:2). I believe that is the way God wants it; so that all people can claim Him. How do we view Christ? We do so by our world view. Each nation sees Christ through the lens of their culture and in unity with all believers, worships the same Lord under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (John 4:23-24).
JESUS IS ABOVE AND BEYOND OUR FLAWED CULTURES
Idolatry is the creation of a god (Isaiah 44:15) by humans; crafted from a heart of stone. God desires pure worship from His church and His children (Ezekiel 36:26-27).
Satan desires to deter us from worship. We all must guard against this deception. Worship transcends the culture of the world by the culture of the WORD.
The thief would try to rob our spirits of true worship. It is the Culture of the Cross that brings forth pure worship regardless of tradition or preference. The focus is on GOD now and for all eternity (Revelation 7:9-12).
We’ve come to worship!
Let’s get our praise on!
JESUS is LORD!!!
IN LOVE 2018!!!