1997-02-10 - Worship
Psalm 135:3 "Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His
name for his name is lovely."
We all worship differently I bet. In fact the spectrum on this devotional
list is probably quite broad as to our Sunday worship service styles. Maybe
one or more of you are members of the Country Good Time Church in CA. If
you are your church offers line dancing after the service that is led by
the pastor. In fact if you are in this church it is the line dancing that
is supposed to be your motivation for going to the church if your church
advertisements mean anything.
Or maybe your church is like the church I am a member at. My church attempts
to get people to attend it by placing billboards around the city of Philadelphia
saying, "Jesus Hated Church". Sad but true. I always wonder who these gimmicks
will attract and once they are attracted, won't they be disappointed when
they come, for instance to my church, and find that we have a conservative
Presbyterian worship service.
Well, what is worship? I suppose there is no perfect definition, but lets
try one. Worship is thoughtful praise of God for who He is and for what He
has done. Funny, but line dancing is not in the definition. There are several
things to say about worship, lets hit on some of them:
Where did the term come from? Well, if we were living back in the times of
Chaucer or Shakespeare the term would just be coming into use. It would be
a shortening of the term worth-ship. The concept being to attribute worth
to someone who was worthy. We attribute praise to God because of His worth-ship.
This was eventually called worship.
We praise God because of His goodness. (PS. 135:3) There is nothing that
God has ever done that He could have done better. Nothing! Remember in Genesis
1 where God reflects on the things that He had created and says, "And God
saw that it was good". The actions of God are good doings. God is the
quintessential do gooder. He always does good.
We praise God because of His electing love. (PS. 135:4) Lots of people do
not like to talk about election. They shiver at the thought that God choose
them, before they choose Him. Shiver all you wish, it is all over Scripture,
For example Romans 9. Our response should be warm praise to the Lord for
His graciousness to us rather than a cold shiver that says, I choose you
and saved myself. We ought to give thanks to our saving God, whose electing
love has been upon us all our days, yes, even into all eternity. "All in
the church may hear the Word of Christ, but few hear Christ in the Word."
George Swinnock "It is a poor worship to move our hats, not our hearts."
Soli Deo Gloria,