TUESDAY March 20, 2018
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth.
Worship is very important in the life of a Christian. But a lot of the worship music that we listen to today is not scriptural. Many worship leaders have taken out the cross, the blood of Christ, His atonement and His redemption, from many of the lyrics in our music. If you listen to worship music, it may have a cool rhythm, but you have to carefully listen to the lyrics––is it about Christ?
When I go back to the old praise albums from the Maranatha singers, I notice how much inspiration there is in the lyrics of those songs. One night I could not sleep, so I listened to the worship music all night long. It was like being in the Holy of Holies. Another album called “Beautiful Worship” blew me away––it is incredible; as I listened, once again I was brought into the presence of God.
Understand that a time of worship before the Lord prepares your heart to receive from the teaching of God’s Word. Worship in the lives of those called to ministry will help them to accomplish the work they are called to do for the Lord. King Jehoshaphat sought the Lord with the people of Judah. Recorded for us in 2 Chronicles 20:21-22, they went into battle against their enemies singing:
…he [Jehoshaphat] appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come out against Judah; and they were defeated.
In times of spiritual battle––worship!
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
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