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Monday, April 22, 2013

Worship God

By John Gipson
 
    As the book of Revelation opens, the apostle John had been banished to the island of Patmos “because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.”  On the Lord’s Day he received a revelation of Jesus Christ.  Marvelous indeed are the things which are told! By the time one reaches the nineteenth chapter of the book an angel reveals to John some wonderful things about the marriage supper of the Lamb.  John then describes his reaction to the angel: “Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus.  Worship God.”
    The call to “worship God” is heard repeatedly throughout the Bible, and believers have responded eagerly, both individually and corporately, because God is worthy of our praise and adoration.
    Have you considered how all of us can enhance our corporate worship of God?
    Be present.  You can’t fellowship an absentee.  Let us take sweet counsel together and walk “unto the house of God in company”(Psa. 55:14).  How beautiful is the picture of the early church in Jerusalem .  With one accord they met together.
   Invite others.  The sincere heart seeks others to join in with him, as did the psalmist: “O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!” (Psa. 95:6)
    Be reverent.  “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28).
    Be involved.  Don’t just go through the motions.  True worship must be done in spirit and in truth.  Participate by listening, singing, praying, partaking of the Lord’s Supper, and giving liberally.  Worship, which is worthy of the name, demands involvement.
 
    “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (1 Chronicles 16:28).           –John Gipson, Windsong Notes, Little Rock , Ark.

- via THE SOWER, a weekly publication of the Arthur Church of Christ, Arthur, IL. Ron Bartanen, who serves as minister and editor, may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.arthurchurchofchrist.com


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