Tuesday, September 11, 2007

some thoughts on worship

I've been reflecting for a few weeks on two passages of Scripture having to do with worship:

Colossians 3:15-17 (NIV)
(15) Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
(16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
(17) And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

I am struck by how each verse in this section focuses on Christ; how heart-felt gratitude is at the center of worship; how worship is the "rule of peace"; how worship involves our teaching and singing.

Psalm 89:15-17 (NIV)
(15) Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.
(16) They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.
(17) For you are their glory and strength, and by your favor you exalt our horn.

With this text I am struck that worship is something I can learn and grow in. It is practicing his presence, delighting in who he is and his righteousness freely given. By his grace and favor our strength is exalted.