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Acceptable Worship (Hebrews 12:18-29)

September 15, 2013 by Pito

 

   We are to recognize that we have been called to another mountain; not a mountain that can be touched, but a mountain that cannot be shaken. Israel was shaken at Sinai, but God shook the heavens and all the nations at Mt. Zion. God fulfilled His promise that when He did that, the nations would come to the Desire of the nations, even Jesus.

   We are citizens of that Kingdom that will grow and advance until it fills the earth. After the shaking which began on the cross and continues through history, it will be the only one standing. This brings us to the importance of worship as the appointed means that God has assigned to bring about the manifestation of this Kingdom.

   The key note of godly worship is reverence and godly fear. Our worship must not be breezy and casual. God is not our “buddy” in the skies. Even though we have a liturgy that promotes reverence and godly awe, we too can become casual as we come before God. The world can become casual before God with a Rock band and we can become casual without a Rock band. Our danger is familiarity.

   While there are many Christians who prefer private worship, the Bible teaches that worship belongs primarily in the congregation. Psalm 22:22 “I will tell of your name to my brethren. In the midst of the assembly I will praise you.”

   God has given the Church many gifts, including public officers, the Holy Spirit in the assembly, and one day in the week to rest together in the truth of the New Covenant, to rest in Jesus.

  We can be in the building, but fail to go to heaven in our worship. Understanding what Jesus did when he shook the nations should move us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Understanding what godly worship is should evaporate all flippancy and impertinence.

   May the Lord grant that we love our Mother, the Church, another gift from God bought for us on the cross. May we keep our vows to her and to Him as we come to His table. May He grant repentance for our failures to worship Him with godly fear and awe.


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