Thursday, October 2, 2008

worship down to the core

Joel Engle, on the inside of his Made for Worship cd cover, writes: "We were made for worship, it's just that simple. True Christianity is the life of worship." Tedd Tripp in his book Shepherding A Child's Heart, writes: "Everyone is essentially religious. Children are worshipers. Either they worship Jehovah or idols." I think when people think about the term "worship" they think about what songs they sing in a Sunday morning church service. But it's so much more than that. Worship is about giving devotion to something/one - giving of our time and thoughts to something/one - it encompasses who we are, to the core. Our whole attitude, outlook is either one of worship to God or worship to something else... material things, power, pride, etc. In the book of Nehemiah (ch. 9), the children of Israel included confession in their worship. Job worshiped in a time of mourning (ch. 1). I'm striving to walk the road, worshiping the Lord with my whole being. May He guide me and I never falter in giving Him true worship, devotion for each blessing and sorrow.

Psalm 96

1 Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.

2 Sing to the LORD, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.

3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

4 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.

5 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.

6 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come into his courts.

9 Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth.

10 Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns."
The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.

11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it;

12 let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy;

13 they will sing before the LORD, for he comes,
he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples in his truth.

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