Date: July 7, 2002
Speaker: Chuck Bentley
Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.
Worship is more than an event, more than the songs we sing, and more than the latest trend in Christian pop culture. Worship is life, a life that is totally devoted to God. Paul wrote in Romans 12:1 “In view of Godís mercy offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” I consider it an honor to lead others in worship, declaring the greatness and goodness of God, praising Him for who He is and all He has done. This is a beautiful act of worship, but not the whole of worship. The things we sing and say must be in agreement with whom we are, a natural outpouring from our lives. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees with words from the book of Isaiah. “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain.” My desire in ministry is to exalt the Lord Jesus, to lead others in acts of authentic worship, and to instill this priceless truth: worship is life.|