Worship (Personal)

They Opened Their Treasures

“And when they were come into the house, they … fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts….” Matt. 2:11 There are great lessons for us here concerning worship. First, is the position of worship—they “fell down.” Second is the Person of worship—they “worshipped Him.” Thirdly, the product of worship—they “opened their treasures.” Treasures are ̶...

Prerequisites to Worship

Worship is not some difficult, complex, sophisticated religious activity which is limited to a few elite saints. It is to be the portion of all believers. Worship is simply bowing before the Lord and expressing His worthiness to be worshiped. (Rev.5:8) Now worship goes beyond the wonderful fact that Jesus died for us. While we should never forget this amazing fact, and the wonderful love of Christ, there is much more for which He can be worshipped. Rather than being solely occupied wit...

Three Things

Three Things. J. G. Bellett. Christian Friend, vol. 13, 1886, p. 305. 1. We may so walk as to have ourselves in the presence of or in company with the Lord. 2. We may act so as to bring our fellow-saints or fellow-sinners into His presence or into His company. 3. We may be living so as to be keeping ourselves before our fellows and companions. The first is the way of the worshipper. The second is the activity of a true servant. The third is the fruit of vanity, and want of single-heart...

But One Thing is Needful

 "BUT ONE THING NEEDFUL."      A Lecture, at Plainfield, N. Y,      on Monday evening, August 4, 1884.       "Now it came to pass, as they went, that He entered into a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard His word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to Him, and said, '...

True Worship

"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Corinthians 3:18     The Bible teaches that we become like what we worship. That important insight is found in today's text. Let's break it down this way:     But we all - that is, all true believers; with open or unveiled face - sin causes a veil between our faces and the Lord. When we confess...

Worship Then and Now

David and the other writers of the Psalms were worshippers. They had great thoughts of God. The marvels of His creation swept them away in rapturous song. When they considered His greatness, goodness, and grace, their minds strained to take it all in. They thought of Him as the Upholder and Controller of all things and were confounded. The writer of the closing psalms was so overwhelmed that he called on all creation, animate and inanimate, to sing the praises of the Lord. All people great and small, old and young, kings and princes, yes, all angels, together with beasts, birds, and creeping things should form a universal choir. He enlists the accompaniment of all kinds of instruments – harps, trumpets, cornets, timbrels, cymbals, and organs. His subject is so amazing that he summons the sun, moon, and stars to join the anthem. The heavens, earth, sea, hills, mountains, and waters must not be silent. Fire, hail, snow, and stormy winds have their part. The subject is so breathtaking that the Lord is worthy of total praise, Ps. 150.

Yet these psalmists did not have a Bible. They did not know how the Son of God would come down to planet earth and be born in a cattle shed, His crib an animal's feed box. They did not know that wise men would see their God 'contracted to a span, incomprehensibly made Man'. Nor did they know that in that manger would lie the One 'who built the starry skies'. Hidden from their eyes was the truth that the babe in the manger would be ‘the Eternal Word that spoke the worlds out of the womb of nothing, that the tiny arms of this helpless child were the hands of Him who laid the timbers of the universe’ (lan Macpherson).

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