God For What He Does
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[August 19, 2008]
Ephesians 5:19-20 says we are to “speak
to one another with songs, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make
melody in your hearts to the Lord, always giving things to God the
father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” We
praise God for His works.
We also need to present ourselves back to God.
Romans 12 urges us, after taking a long look at the mercies of God
and His forgiveness, to turn the gift around and give ourselves back
to Him as living sacrifices, which is our spiritual act of worship.
In his book Created to Worship, Ken Read tells us “God’s
priorities for us may surprise us a bit, depending on our church
backgrounds. Some of us grew up thinking that God was primarily
interested in our behavior; that if we did the right things, the
Lord would be pleased (or at least would be less angry). Some of us
were taught that God was primarily interested in having us share the
gospel and that His first goal was to save the world. Still others
of us grew up thinking that God’s first priority was to give us an
abundant life; that He who loves us so much wants to bless us. All
of these are important to the Lord. But let me suggest that worship
is His highest, greatest, and first priority for our lives.” Let’s
be living sacrifices to our great God.
[Tim Searby - Worship Minster,
Lincoln Christian Church]
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