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When Jesus cleared the Temple of the sellers, He was reacting strongly against defiled worship. For, these men, and the leaders who enabled them, were pursuing self-interest at the expense of others. The actions of Jesus, and the crowd, illustrate a foundational truth about corporate worship, namely, it's not about you! First, it is about God, that He might be glorified. Second, corporate worship is about others, that they might be edified. Then, if we have our priorities straight, we will be personally blessed through corporate worship, as well. So, uphold the heart of worship. Be careful when you're defending manmade traditions. Give thought to what you do when you're here. Be sensitive to when others start to go astray.
When you come to worship the Lord on a Sunday morning, does it ever move you with joy? I'm not necessarily talking about the moment of a lifetime, but does it affect you at all? It should. In Psalm 47, we see how Israel celebrated their conquering king. We also learn from the praise of the nations that God deserves universal praise because He is universal king. So, let us celebrate our Savior King for who He is and what He has done. Celebrate together with God's people. Celebrate emotionally. Celebrate in song.
Music and singing in the church is to exalt God and thereby edifies the church. The history of music and singing among God's people in corporate worship reveals that excellence was established. This was not elitist; it was commanded by God (1Chron. 23 & 25). The content of the songs was God's word and thus fed God's people on rich theology. The best music and songs for the church have always been marked by this character.
The first man, Adam, was created as a servant of God and guardian of God's creation. In this, Adam accomplished a priestly function. The Old Testament presents the Garden of Eden as a prototype of the wilderness Tabernacle and Solomon's Temple, as well as the New Heavens and New Earth. Through it all we see that God has always been at work, since the fall into sin, creating a community of worshipers, his church, and that God has revealed and continues to reveal himself personally to his redeemed covenant people in a special way at a particular time and place through their corporate worship, when that worship is in accordance with God's Word and Spirit.
We live in a chaotic world where so many long for peace. Yet it seems that few know where to find it. Therefore they search for this elusive quantity in such things as the car they drive, or the house they own. All the while finding that the peace they seek is unobtainable. However what they long for is truly available through the love of Christ
You may go to a worship service every Sunday, but are you getting worship right? God desires for us to respond to his infinite worth in a way that honors him. Ecclesiastes 5 encourages us approach God with reverence, humility and sincerity.
An exposition of Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:18-19 and why songs and singing are central in worship.
Godâ€™s vision for humanity is that people would overcome the darkness that plagues the world. To do that, people need to know Godâ€™s will and be filled with his power. Both of these come when people understand the bible, and experience it in community and worship.