July 3, 2011
Motivated To Worship God
Jesus told the woman of Samaria, “God is spirit: and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth (Jno. 4:24) Please take note of the word “must.” It translates the Greek word dei which meansit is necessary. Therefore, Jesus teaches that it is imperative or necessary to worship God in the way he prescribed; “in spirit and truth.” The meaning is that we must worship God according to his nature and will.
A person who truly appreciates what God has done for him in the scheme of redemption will worship in a vibrant, joyous, determined and motivated way! The person who knows he has been saved “by grace through faith” (Eph.2:5,8-9) will be so thankful that his lips will be filled with praise. Carefully read Heb. 13:15!
When we sing, we need to sing to be heard. Brothers’ and sisters, let’s sing out. Let’s sing enthusiastically. Let’s sing as if this is our last day on earth! Let’s put our heart and soul into the singing of “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Remember, Paul said, sing “with the heart”. (Eph. 5: 19) It is not denominational to put the heart and soul into the singing. It is scriptural and spiritual to do so. Some congregations are locked into the slow motion funeral home mode. They believe worship is to be stiff in style, slow in motion, and “professional” in demeanor. Worship can be decent and in order yet vibrant.
The person who leads the congregation in prayer should pray to be heard. What good does it do to lead in prayer if you are not going to pray to be heard by those who are assembled? Paul teaches that a person should pray to be understood (1 Cor. 14:15-19) Raise the voice. Use simple words. Be clear.
The person who preaches should be emphatic in his declaration! He should preach to be heard. On the day of Pentecost, when thousands were gathered and the first message of salvation was preached, the book says Peter stood with the other apostles and raised his voice and spoke out. (Acts 2:14). I know there are people who look strangely at a man who has power of expression in his proclamation, but we are seeking to please God not mankind!
The person who leads in the distribution of the elements of the Lord’s Supper should speak to be heard. If you want the people to know what is being done, tell them in a way that they can hear and understand! (Mat. 26:26-29).
The man who reads scripture publicly should read in a clear manner that can be heard. (1 Tim. 4:13; Rev. 1:3) “Blessed is the one who reads and those who hear.”