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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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  • April 2008
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Worship Is Not Simply An Outward Act

Each Sunday, as you prepare to attend worship, how much thought do you give to what is about to take place? What is worship and how do we worship God? Worship may be defined as, “The activity of glorifying God in His presence with our voices and hearts.” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, p.1003) Note that worship is an act of glorifying God. Isaiah observes that worship is a serious matter in the kingdom of heaven:

“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim . . . And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!’ And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.” (6:1-3)

Again, in Revelation, John continues the description of worship in heaven:

“At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

“And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!’

“And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, ‘Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.'” (4:2-11)

How do these two scenes – one recorded in the Old Testament and the other in the New – compare to your commitment to worship God rightly? Jesus said, “God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24) We were created to glorify God and so we should follow the example of the psalmist who said, “Give unto the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” (Psalm 29:2) Do you have a personal consciousness of the real presence of God when you worship Him? Without expressing true worship toward God, it is impossible to continue to grow in grace. Worship is not simply an outward act. It is the visible expression of a heart on fire for God.

Do we see timidity on the part of the worshippers in the two Scripture passages above? Of course not! They may justly fear Him but there is also great joy among those in the presence of the God of all creation. You must realize also, that you too are in His presence. There must be no dry prayers uttered nor half-hearted songs sung. The living God is to be exalted on His throne. Blessed be His Name.

Mark Steyn On Multiculturalism

“Non-judgmental multiculturalism is an obvious fraud, and was subliminally accepted on that basis.  After all, most adherents to the idea that all cultures are equal don’t want to live in anything but an advanced Western Society.  Multiculturalism means your kid has to learn some wretched tribal dirge for the school holiday concert instead of getting to sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. . . . (America Alone by Mark Steyn)

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