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A New Song

A New Song

Psalms 40:1-3
1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD
and put their trust in him. (NIV)

 

God can and will change our circumstances. Often, depression and anxiety can set it for fear that our current circumstance has no end. But as surely as seasons change so will this season of life. The new season could be a beautiful spring full of life and color. Or the next season could be as bleak as a dark winter storm. We can’t control life circumstances, but we do have some say in the seasons of our life.

God has delivered David from a nightmare season. The deliverance of God put a new song in David’s heart, a song of praise. But what music was in his heart before this? The song in our hearts today will influence the next season and the next song.

Before David’s deliverance, he was filled with a melody of hope. He says he waited patiently for the Lord. The situation was overwhelming and hope filled his heart.

When we are weighted down with hardship, it is easy to sing a song of frustration and impatience. We want God to move now and we generally have an idea of how we want Him to move. We pray for certain things to happen as if we are God and He is our slave bound to obey our every whim. The greater song is the song of hope.

Hope doesn’t demand anything of God but reminds us that He will not leave us in this valley for long. It is just a matter of time before God moves. This song draws us nearer to God for His goodness and protection. The song of frustration, the song of anger, the song of discontent will turn a rainstorm to softball hail.

We must remember God’s reason to allow the pain of the moment. He is allowing us to see if we truly love Him, truly trust Him, truly believe Him. Our response to His delay in the face of suffering can expose that we don’t honor God, we use Him. We don’t love Him but take Him for granted. Like a husband who is only affectionate to his wife when he wants sex, our praise is counterfeit.

To find a new hymn of praise from God, we first must sing hope as we patiently wait for Him. He will not disappoint our hope. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear.

Prayer: Lord, in hard times, give me the song of hope so the pleasant seasons might not be filled with counterfeit praise. Amen.

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Why do You go to Church?

 

Why do we go to church?  Do you go because your Momma makes you go?  Do you go out of obligation?  Do you go to see friends?  Do you want to hear a good sermon?  Why do you go to church?  Do you sing?  Do you sleep?  Do you snore?  Why do you go to church?  And that brings me to our Verse of the Day:

 

But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him?

2 Chronicles 2:6 (ESV)

 

Solomon reminds us of why God allowed man to build a temple.  The purpose was simply to make offerings before the Lord.  There are many different reasons we give for going to church, but the one reason that comes from the Lord is that church is a place where we make offerings to Him.

If we come to church and do not make offerings, what is the point?  Offerings in the Old Testament were symbolic of repentance, praise, worship, and supplication.  This is what should be happening in church.  This is what should be happening in us when we go to church.  When you are in church, there must be repentance.  It is to take time to note where there needs to be a move away from sinful thought, action, attitude, or words and confess these to God with a commitment to turn away from these things.

There should be praise.  Praise is just that-expressing the goodness of God.  It is to declare His love, His power, His authority, His position.  Praise is more than acknowledging who God is, but expressing our admiration and appreciation for who He is.  It is to exalt His name above all names.  We do not do this so that He will understand how wonderful He is.  Praise is taking time to remind ourselves of how wonderful He is.  Praise is thankfulness and appreciation for all He is and all He has done.

There should be worship.  To worship is to humble ourselves in homage and reverence to the Lord.  We praise Him to remind us how wonderful He is, but we cannot sincerely praise Him without first humbling ourselves before Him.  Worship is to declare him to be God and we to be His servant.  We cannot enter into the Presence of God without humility.  If we attempt to come into the presence of God in pride, He will humble us with discipline.  If we humble ourselves, He will exalt us and bestow His honor upon us (Proverbs 29:23).

There should be supplication.  Because we recognize that He is God.  And because we remember that He is good and desires good in our life, we can cast our cares upon Him in prayer.  When we come to church, we pray and ask the Lord to help us in our time of need.  We stand in the gap for others who need the strength of God’s mighty hand.

Why do you go to church?  Are you doing these things when you get there or are you watching your clock, judging the quality of the music, the entertainment factor of the message?  God has called us to His temple, to His church building for the purpose of making offerings to Him.  The music helps us praise and worship.  The prayers are our supplication.  And the message disciplines us as His servants.  But we have to get our mind ready for these things.  To neglect the purpose of going to church will leave us very religious and very empty.

 

Leave me a comment.  Do you think Christians come to the church with the right spirit?  Do you?

 

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