Posted by: Terry | May 27, 2009

Worship is a result of truth

“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” (Psalm 95.6-7 NIV)

 

Worship is a demonstration of adoration, appreciation, devotion, respect, and honor. Why do we worship God?

Nature, creation, should so overwhelm us that we are driven to our knees as we recognize and contemplate the power and wisdom of the One who could make and sustain such a thing. Antony Flew, the most famous contemporary atheist before the present infatuation with Dawson, abandoned his lifelong atheism after concluding that the universe could not be the result of chance; there had to be a creator behind it all.

As a Christian we are moved to worship by:

  • The reality of God and his holiness. Isaiah saw God in his glory and was given no choice but to worship God as one unworthy to be in the presence of such holiness.
  • The substitutionary death of Jesus for a world of people who have rejected God
  • The present reality that we stand before God forgiven and pronounced righteous because of faith, and not of anything of our own doing.

As a church we must teach these things. It is the worship leader and the preacher together that move the people to worship.

Emotional songs are not worship if they are not an expression of the truth that is in the hearts and minds of the worshipper. Jesus said we are to worship “in spirit and in truth.” The two must never be separated if we are to have true worship.

There is a trend in the “emerging churches” toward application-heavy preaching. Such preaching is designed to “move people toward Christlikeness on their spiritual journey.” It may produce feelings of worship but it carries the risk of being only a response to what God has done for me not a response to the person and holiness of God.

The prophets proclaimed the person and the message of God, the preacher and the teacher must carry on that tradition. We must paint pictures for our congregations of God and his glory, his person and his character. We must proclaim Christ and his work, not just his life example but his redemptive work on the cross. We must remind them of our present standing before God and our future hope of eternal life because of the faith we have placed in Jesus the Christ.

The pastor/teacher has a responsibility that goes beyond the transfer of data, they are critical if we are to “grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

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