Thursday, May 30, 2013

Come Before His Presence With Singing!

Our faith is a sung faith. (Mike Cosper, Rhythms of Grace, 152)
I pledge before Thee that I will not sing a song I am not willing to live. (A.W. Tozer, God's Power For Your Life)
How long should a person thank God for forgiving his sins? Is life long enough? Is time long enough? Is eternity long enough? How long should a man thank God for saving him from going down to hell? Would fifty years suffice? Oh, no, that would never do; the blessing is too great to all be sung of in a millennium. (Charles Spurgeon, Power in the Blood, 69)
The words we hear, sing, and speak in worship help form: our images of God; our understanding of what the church is and does; our understanding of human brokenness and healing; our sense of purpose as individuals and as a church; our religious affections: awe, humility, delight, contrition, hope; our vision of wholeness for ourselves and all creation; our practices of engaging with God, with each other, and with the world. (Ron Rienstra, Worship Words)
Awe combined with intimacy is the essence of Christian worship. (J.D. Greear, Gospel, 91)
We praise what we enjoy because the delight is incomplete until it is expressed in praise. If we were not allowed to speak of what we value, and celebrate what we love, and praise what we admire, our joy would not be full. So if God loves us enough to make our joy full, he must not only give us himself; he must also win from us the praises of our hearts--not because he needs to shore up some weakness in himself or compensate for some deficiency, but because he loves us and seeks the fullness of our joy that can be found only in knowing and praising him, the most magnificent of all Beings. (John Piper, Desiring God, 49)
In many ways, worship is where heaven and earth meet. And the things of earth--the concerns and worries and fears that burden us--can hardly survive the encounter. (Chris Tiegreen, Unburdened, 169)
If you find worship boring down here and you are not interested in worshiping the Lord Jesus and expressing your heart’s desire to Him, why in the world do you want to go to heaven? We are going to spend a lot of time up there worshiping Him. (J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible, Revelation 1-5)
By nature, worship is not some performance we do, but a Presence we experience. (A.W. Tozer, 177)
God is with us now as much as He will be with us in eternity. (John MacArthur, Worship, 98)

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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