The Inside Column 7/8

Posted in: The Inside Column- Aug 07, 2016 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to you.  We invite you to join us after the service for a hot drink and fellowship.

Thank you all very much for all the help, to run Synod, thank you to all the people that baked, cleaned, set up packed down, served, decorated, and all the other thousand things that went unseen, we would not have been able to host Synod without each of you playing your part. THANK YOU!

Last week I went to my first Ambient Worship evening on Sunday night in the church hall. Luke does a great job in making the hall a warm and inviting places to be and to worship together.  The thing that really stood out to me was this was, the only agenda was to worship God. It was so refreshing to just worship, to give God all the praise, because He is worthy of all praise.

Here are a few thoughts on worship…

Psalm 115:1–11 Why do we glorify God?

The first reason is the often repeated biblical truth that we become like whatever we worship. If we worship idols we will become like them, those who make them will be like them and so will all who trust in them. So, if we worship idols we become totally lifeless, unable to do anything of any value at all. The psalmist urges the people of God to put their trust in the Lord who is ‘their help and shield’ (v.9-11). If we put our faith in the Lord and worship him, we will become like him – we will be changed into his likeness and obtain fullness of life.

The second reason we worship God is because of our experience of his ‘love and faithfulness’ (v.1). Worship is a response to what God has done for us, and this is why we should give him all the glory: ‘Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness’.

When people came up to John Wimber and praised him because of a talk he had given, or a healing that had happened through his ministry, he used to say, ‘I’ll take the encouragement but I’ll pass the glory on.’

Lord, help us not to worship idols lest we become like them. Help us to trust in you, our help and shield, and to experience your love and faithfulness. Help us always to give you all the glory.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Phil

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