Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gauging Our Worship

I Chronicles 16:
7 Then on that day David first assigned Asaph and
his relatives to give thanks to the Lord.
8 Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
9 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders.
10 Glory (boast) in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.
11 Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
12 Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments from His mouth, 
13 O seed of Israel His servant,
Sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!
14 He is the Lord our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.
15 Remember His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,
16 The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.
17 He also confirmed it to Jacob as a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,
18 Saying, "To you I will give the land of Cannan,
As the portion of your inheritance."
19 When they were only a few in number,
Very few, and strangers in it,
20 And they wandered about from nation to nation,
And from one kingdom to another people,
21 He permitted no man to oppress them,
And He reproved kings for their sakes, saying,
22 "Do not touch My anointed ones,
And do my prophets no harm."
23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
24 Tell of His glory among the nations,
His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.
25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
He also is to be feared above all gods.
26 For the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before Him,
Strength and joy are in His place.
28 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before Him;
Worship the Lord in holy array (the splendor of holiness)
30 Tremble before Him, all the earth;
Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.
31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
And let them say among the nations,
"The Lord reigns."
32 Let the sea roar, and all it contains;
Let the field exult, and all that is in it.
33 Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy
before the Lord;
For He is coming to judge the earth.
34 O give thinks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
35 The say, "Save us, O God of our salvation,
And gather us and deliver us from the nations,
To give thanks to Your holy name,
And glory in Your praise."
36 Blessed be the Lord, The God of Israel,
From everlasting to everlasting.
Then all the people said, "Amen," and praised the Lord.

When you gather for worship each Sunday, is this what you are doing?  Is this what is accomplished during the time of your gathering that you call praise and worship?  Does what you do and what you sing about elevate the Lord as this does, or do you find yourself singing songs to yourself, about yourself ?  Do you sing of His mighty deeds, the greatness of His salvation, the wonder of His majesty, the glory of His name?  Does what you call worship boast in Him?  Does what you do on Sunday bless the Lord, or is it designed to bless you?  Can you really be blessed if you are not blessing the Lord?  Would you call your gathering a holy array?  Do your people come to present themselves before the Lord, and have that sense of trembling before Him?  Are you ascribing to the Lord the glory due His name?  Does what you do bring glory to His name?  Does your worship time cause the people attending to say, "Amen," and praise the Lord.?

Just asking.....But God has given us the means, by His word, to gauge our corporate worship.  Hopefully, this is how you are gauging your worship; to know if it is acceptable in His sight, and a pleasing fragrance and soothing aroma to Him.

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