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From the Wall: Psalm 47:1

Written by Diana Standridge on

 

“O clap your hands all peoples, Shout to God with the voice of Joy!”
Psalm 47:1

Fall is here! Football time is upon us! Everyone is talking about it and wondering how this new season will shape up. I grew up in the Chicago area, and even more than football my family loved our baseball. As a girl, I never missed a Cub game, keeping score on the score sheets my Dad printed up for me. I knew every Cub statistic, jumped at every chance to go to a game or get an autograph. I talked about the Cubs with fellow fans and tried to win over new fans. I was a top-notch Cub fan!  After all, TRUE fans recognize the value of their team and order their lives around that value.

Sounds much like what the Christian’s life of worship should look like, doesn’t it? Sometimes I think we put our worship into a box: the ‘Sunday go to church’ box. But what is true worship and how should worship affect our lives every day?

Because of God’s great mercies, the Apostle Paul urged the believers in Rome to present their bodies a living and holy sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which was their spiritual service of worship. (Rom.12:1). The sacrifice we make is a once-for-all sacrifice. Our offering? A life of service to our God. Our worship is our entire life dedicated to God who saved us by His mercy. If we as believers recognize the value of our God, our lives should be oriented around Him, as One of excellent worth…not because we have to, but because we want to! He alone is the source of our joy, comfort, and security. Our lives should give others a glimpse of His character and worth.

So then, what does this look like in our lives? Our life of worship begins with the Word of God. God has revealed Himself through His Word. He wants us to know Him. What a wondrous thought! How else can I learn about His character, purposes, plans and His will for my life? Ps. 119:105 tells us that God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. His word directs us how to live an obedient life in this crazy and rebellious world. We know that in our worship God values obedience above all. Samuel told disobedient King Saul, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord?” (I Sam. 15:22). So we study and memorize God’s Word In order to live a righteous life. “Thy word have I treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee.” (Psalm 119:11). As we offer to God a life of worship, it is founded on God’s holy Word.

Then too, we delight to be with others who love our God…His other fans! We delight to be together to talk about Him, share stories of His work and encourage each other in our lives of worship. Hebrews 10:24-25 tells us to consider how to encourage one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, encouraging one another. We get together to hear the Word, share the Lord’s supper, pray and fellowship together. (Acts 2:42).

As we go, we should be enthusiastically trying to win others to our Lord. As we esteem His value, it is only natural to want to share Him with others. We want others to know, love and obey our God. (Matt.28:19).

And lastly, our words should be characterized by praise. “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to our God, that is the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” (Heb. 13:15).

So how about you and I? Let’s be ‘fans’ together all for the glory of our Great God and the praise of His Majestic Name!

Diana Standridge

Diana has been teaching Precept Inductive Bible studies for almost thirty years. She and her husband Allen have 10 children, 11 grandchildren, three small dogs, and 13 chickens. When she’s not studying or taking care of her family, Diana makes soap and loves sewing, knitting, gardening, and reading.

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