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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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June 10, 2013 - I Exalt Thee!

By Jerry D. Scott

My solitary voice lifted through song in the church sanctuary: "For Thou, O Lord, art high above all the earth; Thou art exalted above all gods." After hearing a discouraging report, I knew there was only one thing to do — offer my praise and worship to the One who is greater than all these "light and momentary" troubles.

For the rest of the day and into the night, my mind worked on the problem, but with a different perspective. I was not alone. It was not my burden to carry. I was expecting His answer, encouraged by His greatness, because worship changes me.

Paul and Silas knew the power of worship. After being falsely charged and cruelly beaten, they were thrown into the inner dark cell of the jail in Philippi. Through their tears, they lifted their hearts together in worship.

"Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening" (Acts 16:25, NLT).

God sent an earthquake that shook the foundations of that prison. Paul and Silas' chains fell off. But the best result that night came when the jailer saw their great faith in the Lord and trusted in Christ Jesus. The Church was planted in Philippi that night, growing out of a sacrifice of praise. Worship changes circumstances.

Worship goes to the heart of our identity. N.T. Wright says, "You become like what you worship. When you gaze in awe, admiration, and wonder at something or someone, you begin to take on something of the character of the object of your worship" (Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense).

I want to be like Jesus, so I will come and bow in worship! What we do flows out of who we are. Do you want to be changed? Then, become a person who lives worshipfully.

From the beginning, God has sought our worship. In the Ten Commandments, we are told there are to be no other gods, no idols, in our lives. God owns our worship exclusively. Does He just want the songs we sing on Sunday? That is only the beginning. Worship takes many forms, but the heart of it is the same: giving worth to the Lord.

We can worship by caring for His Creation.
We can worship by loving those He loves.
We can worship by writing a poem.
We worship when we pray in faith, when we give our time and money to causes of His kingdom.
Worship is putting Him first, before all other persons, things, or possessions.
Worship is both an act of faith and a response of our heart.

Sometimes worship pours out of us like a standing ovation at the end of a great performance. God's presence touches us so deeply we just cannot help but praise Him! Then there are times when we worship Him because He demands it and we desire obedience!

Because worship releases such power, because it pleases God, all of evil will conspire to keep us from it. The devil is content to keep us preoccupied with the "stuff" of life. If we are consumed by our work, obsessed with our appearance, frantic to make things work, then our hearts are given to idols. Jesus teaches if we "seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, [giving worth to God] ... all these things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 6:33, NIV).

Make time to worship. Engage your mind and heart. Borrow a psalm, sing a song. Quietly adore Him. Write a prayer of thanksgiving. Pour out your concerns. These are acts of worship.

"Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness" (Psalm 29:1,2).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.

 

 

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