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?
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped … More He shall reign forever and ever!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2 Charles H. Spurgeon writes in The Treasury of David: It is our duty to praise the Lord; let … More Whole-hearted praise!
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
Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! C. H Spurgeon, commenting on Psalm 150: There is nothing little about God, and there is nothing great apart from him. If we were always careful to make … More Such excellent deeds should have excellent praise.
Here is Part 2 from a commentary on Psalm 148-150 by Sam Storms of Enjoying God Ministries: Second, the focus of such adoration is always and ever God alone for who he is and what he’s done. We do not worship the world or revere the reflection. We fix our hearts on the Original, the … More There is a limit to praise only if there is a limit to God.
In our read-through-the-Bible plan, we come to 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. where Paul gives instructions regarding The Lord’s Supper. Evidently, there were abuses that needed correction. John Piper, in a sermon, “The Lord’s Supper as Worship”, says that we express the value of Christ by “remembering,” by “proclaiming,” and by “nourishing.” Reminding First, the Lord’s … More The Lord’s Supper as Worship
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 do I worship with hands raised?”
Jesus quoted Isaiah in Matthew 15:9-10 “‘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.’” John Piper preached a sermon, “Worship is an End in Itself” based on this passage, and here is the concluding paragraph. He … More Piper: Worship is an end in itself