Monday, July 05, 2010
"...the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; the Father is seeking such people.."
"Many Christians are under the impression that worship is confined to those specific times of corporate worship when we're singing. As such, churches have given titles such as "worship leader" or worship team" to those leading us musically. Thus, people naturally conclude that the "worship" portions of the services take place exclusively when we are singing. God's Word, however, teaches us that singing is only one part of the worship service and that our prayers, affirmations, confessions of sin, Scripture readings, sermons, and singing are all parts of corporate worship.
Worship is the Christian's all-encompassing service to our covenant Lord who has set us free to worship Him in beauty and splendor, holiness and freedom, so that wherever we are--in our closets, our homes, and our churches--we can worship Him coram Deo, before His face in Spirit and truth, with reverence and awe, according to His Word and for His glory (1 Cor. 10:31)." -Burk Parsons, From July's Tabletalk magazine
I have been trying to truly bow my heart, and on occasion my knee, and worship the Lord throughout the day, as of late. I don't always succeed, but I am learning to simply worship God as His creature; a man, whom He loves. It's a wonderful joy to worship our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ!