And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of … More J. C. Ryle: Don’t leave your hearts at home
Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day: “That the leaders took the lead in Israel, that the people offered themselves willingly, bless the Lord! “Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes; to the Lord I will sing; I will make melody to the Lord, the God of Israel. —Judges 5:1-3 … More Recounting His greatness and responding in praise
Sam Storms, of Enjoying God Ministries, comments in an article, I Will Lift Up My Hands! (Psalm 63:4) So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. On more than one occasion I’ve been asked: “Sam, why do you lift your hands when you worship?” … More Sam Storms: Why wouldn’t you want to raise your hands to worship God?
Psalm 43:3-4 Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. John Piper, in a sermon, … More Authentic joy in God will overflow with praises.
J. Ligon Duncan helped me to read Exodus 27-29, our passage for today, with new appreciation for the detail. Now, the minutiae of this passage may lull a reader into thinking that nothing of great importance is being recorded; or, the minutiae may be so overwhelming to you that it tempts you to resort to … More God takes His worship very seriously
Along with the Song of Moses we read today in in Exodus 15, we read this encouragement from David in Psalm 28 today, encouragement to EXULT, to “rejoice greatly” (KJV). Is there such a thing as TOO much rejoicing? Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The Lord is my … More Afraid of too much rejoicing in God’s grace?
January 9 Psalm 9 (ESV) Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds  To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben.  A Psalm of David. 9:1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. 2 I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. 3 When … More January 9 Psalm 9