Friday, May 26, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum 

              Call to Worship and Obedience

                             Psalm: 95

           Philip Manuel and Laila Anie Philip

                   Carmel MTC, Boston MA

V2.Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

The basics of worship is expressed in Psalm 95. The “What “of worship is seen in verses one and two. We give a verbal expression to God’s greatness “shout joyfully, shout triumphantly”. The Psalmist expresses His greatness by addressing Him as the rock of our salvation. The “Why” of worship is expressed in the words “a great God, a great King above all gods.”V3. The “How” of worship is we are to worship by bowing down (submission)and kneeling(surrender) before the Lord, the Maker of the dry land and the seas. Vs.5-6. The “Challenge “of worship is seen in the words "do not harden your hearts.” Vs.8.

Worshiping God with admiration and deep appreciation can come only from a heart of great gratitude on recognizing the unmerited mercy He extends to us. Worshiping God is an integral part of all those who have true communion with the Heavenly Father. The English word ‘Worship’ comes from two old English words:”weorth” which means “worth” and “ship’ which means “quality”. So “worth-ship” is a quality of having “worth”. So when we worship, we are declaring that God is worthy. The Psalmist is expressing God’s greatness, His power, and love to make us understand His worthiness . The more we understand His worthiness, the better we can worship.  

Rick Warren in ‘The Purpose Driven Life” says that "we bring God glory by worshiping Him. Worship is our first responsibility to God. God wants our worship to be motivated by love, thanksgiving and delight, not duty. Worship is far more than praising, singing and praying to God. Worship is a lifestyle of enjoying God, loving Him and giving ourselves to be used for His Purposes."

                            PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, may our worship be acceptable and pleasing in your sight. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

                THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

To the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness.

Ecclesiastes 2:26a