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Complaining About Worship?

One of the things about which Christians complain the most often is worship. It seems that everyone has an opinion on worship services. I don’t like these new songs. I don’t like these old songs. I think that the music is too loud. I don’t think that the music is loud enough. I don’t like it when the lights are out. I don’t like it when the lights are turned up. Everyone has an opinion about worship. The apostle Paul might help us by directing us to the object of our worship. He wrote:

To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. – Philippians 4:20 (NIV)

In the statements that I listed above, they all had one word in common: “I.” When we let our personal preferences get in the way of our worship of God, we’re no longer worshiping God alone. We need to remember that God is the object of our worship. Instead of complaining about our worship services, why don’t you pray for the people preparing and leading them? Remember that they are trying to worship God, too. When you complain to them after a service, you’re distracting them from worshiping the Lord. Someone complained to pastor and author Francis Chan once and said that they didn’t think that the worship service was very good. He said that that was okay because “we weren’t worshiping you.”

The God Of All Grace

Our God is a God of grace. He not only forgives our many sins by His grace, but His grace is so much more. He strengthens us by His grace. He changes us by His grace. He gives us faith by His grace. His grace, as the apostle Paul said, is sufficient for us. Peter wrote this as he began to conclude his first letter:

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 5:10-11 (NIV)

Our Father is worthy of all of the glory, power and praise. He is the Mighty God. He lifts up the weak and sets the captive free. He does forgive us. He restores us when we are broken. He sent His Son Jesus to be our Forgiver and Leader. He has done so much for us and continues to do so. He fulfills all of His many promises. God is so good and we should praise Him for His goodness, mercy and grace. Don’t let another moment go by without thanking God for His grace today.

For The Glory Of God

In everything we do, we should do it all for the glory of God. Every word we say and every act of service we perform should have the underlying motive of glorifying God. Peter wrote:

If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)

We should not speak idle words. Our words should be used to build others up and bring honor to our Father in Heaven. We should not serve in our own strength, but rather we should rely on the power of God. This way we will not be tempted to take credit for our words or our service. Instead, we will give all of the credit, glory and honor to God. He is most worthy of praise. May all the glory be given to Him forever and ever. Amen.

Praying And Singing

As we go travel along our journey of faith, we are going to have both times of trouble and times of joy and happiness. James tells us what to do in either situation. He writes:
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. – James 5:13 (NIV)
How often do we fail to pray to God when we are in trouble? How often do we fail to sing songs of praise to our Heavenly Father when things are going well? We must not forget God! When we’re in trouble, we think that we have to pick ourselves up by our bootstraps and do it ourselves. Or when things are going well, we’re quick to pat ourselves on the back thinking we’ve done something great to deserve such blessings. This should not be the case. We need to pray to God when life is hard and we need to praise God when things are going well. He is the One who can get us through the difficult days and He is the One who blesses us with joy and happiness. May your day be free from trouble and full of happy moments. Blessings to you!

4 Keys To Pleasing God

The ancient city of Colossae was located on the south bank of the Lycus river.  It was an important city first mentioned in writings in 480 BC.  There is evidence, according to scholar F.F. Bruce, that the Colossae was still a major city in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.  There was a large Jewish population in Colossae.  Perhaps this is why Paul wrote so much about who Jesus was and what He did in this letter.  Paul did not start the church in Colossae, but had heard about what was going on there from Epaphras who had visited Paul while he was imprisoned.
Here in chapter 1, Paul and his young scribe, Timothy, tell the Colossians that they are praying for them.  They are asking God to fill them with knowledge and understanding that comes by the Holy Spirit (verse 9).  What was the goal of this prayer?  Look at verse 10:

“…so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way.” – Colossians 1:10 (NIV)

Paul then goes on to tell how they could live a life worthy of the Lord Jesus and how to please Him.  There are four keys to living this kind of life:

  1. Bearing fruit in every good work (verse 10)
  2. Growing in the knowledge of God (verse 10)
  3. Being strengthened in all power by God’s might so that they will have patience and endurance (verse 11)
  4. Giving thanks to the Father (verse 12)

This is what being a Christian is all about.  This is how we please God – bear fruit, grow in faith, patiently endure trials and suffering, and be thankful.  Which of these four areas do you need to work on today?  Are you bearing spiritual fruit by doing good works or are you living to please  and serve yourself?  Are you growing in your faith or are you stagnating?  Are you patiently enduring the trials and tests of life or are you bitterly complaining about them?  Are you a thankful person or do you take God’s blessings for granted?

It is so vital that we strive to please God.  After all, as verses 13-14 say:

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. – Colossians 1:13-14 (NIV)”

PRAYER: Thank You, Father, for Your Word. I want to be a thankful person today, giving You thanks for all You have done. Thank You for all that You are doing in my life and for all of Your promises still yet to be fulfilled. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Colossians 1:1-14 (NIV)

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.


The One Worthy Of Praise

Psalm 18
For the director of music.  Of David the servant of the LORD.  He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.  He said:
I love you, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. — Psalm 18:1-3 (NIV)

In the Psalms, the word “worthy” appears four times in the NIV.  In each instance, it is part of the phrase “worthy of praise”.  In each instance, it is referring to God.  We see from the Psalms that God is deserving of praise.  He is praiseworthy.  We heap praise on quite a few things in our world (the brownies I made last night were quite delicious, but not necessarily praiseworthy).  There is only One who is truly worthy of praise.

Two Reasons To Praise God

First, because of what God has done.  That is what David did in Psalm 18.  God had rescued him from his enemies.  David feared for his life and God delivered him.  He, in turn, praised God for what He had done for David.

Secondly, because of who God is.  David praised God because of God’s attributes.  God was his strength and shield.  God was his deliverer and fortress and refuge.  He could hide and take shelter in God.  He could call to the Lord and find salvation.

The Same Goes For Us

We need to discover God’s worthiness of praise in our own lives for the very same reasons.  How do we answer these two questions:

  • What has God done for us?
  • Who is God?

How has God rescued you?  From what has he saved and rescued you?  How have you seen His attributes displayed in your life?  Have you called on the name of the Lord Jesus for salvation (Romans 10:13Acts 22:16)?  He still saves and He is still our refuge and He is still worthy of praise!

PRAYER: Thank You, Father, for saving me. Thank You for all You have done in my life this week. I praise You, O God, for who You are. You’re a mighty God and a good Father to me. I love You. Amen.


In Spirit And In Truth

John 4:19-24 (NIV)

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

It appears that the worship wars started many years ago. The Jews and Samaritans were at odds over the proper place of worship. Jesus says that it isn’t the place of worship that counts. It’s something else entirely. He says that true worshipers must worship in Spirit and in truth. Spirit-filled worship of God does not take happen in just one place, such as a mountain or a temple. True worship of God takes place in the heart of every born-again believer in Jesus. True worship is more than just words on a page or a screen. Spirit-filled worship emanates from our souls as we express our gratitude for what God has done and our admiration of who He is.
I think that fighting about worship, whether styles or locations, is about the dumbest thing we do as followers of Jesus. How foolish is it that we think that God is contained in our little worship box? As though there is only one kind of music God likes? As though God can be limited to being worshiped on a Sunday morning at 10:30 (in your particular time zone) in a church building? When we gather for worship, the important thing is not the songs we sing nor the place where we gather with brothers and sisters. It is the attitude in which we enter into worship. Are we there to express our thanksgiving to and admiration of Almighty God? It’s an honor and a privilege to come before Him! We’re beggars and paupers coming before the King in our filthy rags of self-righteousness and we’re going to fight with each other about how we’re dressed or the proper way to sing His praises? Ludicrous! Let us seek to honor and worship Jesus in Spirit and in truth that we may be unified in awe and wonder as to who He is and what He’s done.
PRAYER: Forgive me, Father, for my wrong attitudes regarding worship. I want to worship You in Spirit and in truth. Help me to know the truth and to be filled with the Spirit so that my worship may be pleasing to You. You are good and kind. You have provided all that I need. You are most worthy of praise! Accept my offering of worship and praise today in the name of Jesus, amen.

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