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I learned a new song for worship yesterday: “All Glory Be To Christ.” It’s sang to the tune of “Auld Lange Sine.”

The song has all the makings of one appropriate for worship: good doctrine, a focus on the Triune God, and singable by the congregation.

Here are the lyrics:

Should nothing of our efforts stand
No legacy survive
Unless the Lord does raise the house
In vain its builders build

To you who boast tomorrow’s gain
Tell me what is your life
A mist that vanishes at dawn
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we’ll ever sing
All glory be to Christ!

His will be done
His kingdom come
On earth as is above
Who is Himself our daily bread
Praise Him the Lord of love

Let living water satisfy
The thirsty without price
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His reign and rule we’ll ever sing
All glory be to Christ!

When on the day the great I am
The faithful and the true
The Lamb who was for sinners slain
Is making all things new

Behold our God shall live with us
And be our steadfast light
And we shall ‘ere His people be
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ our King!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we’ll ever sing
All glory be to Christ!

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John Calvin wrote:

Men will never worship God with a sincere heart, or be roused to fear and obey Him with sufficient zeal, until they properly understand how much they are indebted to His mercy.

Remember that as we gather together with our brothers and sisters in Christ to worship the Triune God.

 

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I had the privilege this morning of hearing Pastor Rick Elzinga preach on Psalm 7. Here is a summary of his one sentence: A God-centered life is one that trusts God who is a righteous judge.

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Just as all the glitters is not gold, so all that goes by the name “worship” isn’t worship.

In Matthew 2:1-11, the magi come to worship the One who was born the King of the Jews. They had searched for Him and were led to Him by God’s providential use of the star. When they found Him, they worshiped.

King Herod, however, proclaimed his desire to worship, too. His real intent became clear in verse 13: “Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him” (which was carried out in verses 14 through 23).

True worship focuses on the Lord and responds to Him, in this case with rejoicing and the giving of gifts. False worship is self-focused, self-interested, and ultimately seeks to suppress and destroy the God who alone is worthy of worship.

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Psalm-2

This morning I had the privilege of preaching on the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem from Psalm 2. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: God responded to the rebellion of fallen humanity by installing His Son as King – submit to Him while there’s still time.

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Getting Ready to Worship

Worship is designed to remind you that in the center of all things is a glorious and gracious King, and this king is not you. (Paul David Tripp)

 

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There’s an interesting episode in the life and ministry of Jesus that’s recorded in Mark 14:3-9. While Jesus and His disciples were at the home of Simon the leper eating a meal, a woman took an extremely expensive vial of perfume, broke it, and poured it over Jesus’ head.

The response was immediate and strong: “But some were indignantly remarking to one another, ‘Why has this perfume been wasted?'”(v. 4). They thought the perfume could have been sold and the proceeds given to the poor. Verse 5 says, “they were scolding her.”

What this unnamed woman did was undoubtedly an act of worship. She loved Jesus and was responding to His grace and mercy. So was her act a waste? Is worship of God a waste?

The answer to that question is yes and no.

Let me explain. Worship IS a waste if it doesn’t come from the heart, if it involves simply “going through the motions” with no real thought given to what you’re doing. Even a beautiful act of devotion and worship is wasted if it isn’t done in faith. Conversely, worship is NEVER a waste if comes from the heart, and if there is real meaning and understanding at the core of it. Any act, no matter how large or small, is pleasing to God when it’s done in faith.

Therefore, no amount of money given to God and His work is ever wasted if it’s given from the heart. No tear is ever wasted in the true worship of God. No time is ever wasted if it’s given from the heart. No life is ever wasted if it’s given to the service of God and others as a honest gift to Him. No prayer offered to God in faith is ever wasted or of no value. No service or ministry to others is ever wasted if it’s done to please God. God is faithful and gracious to use and bless whatever we give Him or do for Him in faith.

The sacrificial gift of the woman was not a waste – it was worship, and true, genuine worship is never wasted!

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