All You have made will praise You, LORD; the godly will bless You. – Psalm 145:10
Do you worship God?
Please understand that I’m not asking if you “attend” a church, because from my experience it is possible to be involved in that activity and never actually worship. Without removing personal responsibility, much of what occurs in “worship services” today seems more directed at improving our feelings than worshiping the Savior.
David wrote that all God has made will praise Him and that the godly will also bless Him (God). In other words, if you are not blessing or praising God, then maybe you’re not really godly … or dare I say it … He didn’t even MAKE you? Ouch! Doesn’t that seem a little harsh? Not if you really think about it.
Is it possible for a creation to ignore its Creator; moreover, for His RE-creation to ignore his RE-CREATOR? Logically, one would think not, but sometimes our actions indicate otherwise. Worshiping God is to live one’s life in such a way that brings Him supreme glory. Anything else is just idolatry, which really does require each of us to consider if we are worshiping God or just “going to church?”
An empty seat isn’t the only indication of a person’s absence.
Worship is transcendent wonder. – Thomas Carlyle
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. – Proverbs 21:5
As I said in my last post, working with the Issachar Initiative in 2016, we brought together (aggregated) a group of four ministries to send workers to )as far as we could determine) the last remaining unengaged people groups in the country of Nepal. Reports, after three years, seem to indicate that this was successful, even though there was little collaboration on the field and certainly no integration of process.
It was at this time that I also attended an Unreached People Group Consultation hosted by Strategic Resource Group aimed at starting a conversation among ministry sector leaders (Bible Translation, Orality, Prayer Mobilization, Film/Video Production, Media, Evangelism, Discipleship, Leadership Development, and Church Formation) working in one region of the world (the Greater Middle East). We had discussed the need for “end-to-end” approaches to mission advancement (multiple sectors working together toward one common goal), but this was the first time I had seen a major funding group seeking to tangibly bring them together.
Over the next twelve months, I (along with many others) was invited to participate in multiple web meetings on topics covering each of the ministry sectors identified above. What were the best practices? Where was success being observed? How could this strategic region of the world truly be reached? An idea began to form in my mind that was more comprehensive than what we had attempted at Issachar (by then, twice … including a West Africa Engagement Alliance launched in Birmingham, AL) and then I got invited to lunch…. Stay tuned.
These are the last words of David: The declaration of David son of Jesse, the declaration of the man raised on high, the one anointed by the God of Jacob, the favorite singer of Israel: The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me, His word was on my tongue. – 2 Samuel 23:1-2
I don’t mean to be morbid, but there are often events in life than can cause you to reflect on the message you leave when you depart this world and embrace eternity. In light of that reflection, David’s words above are, to me, inspirational.
After a short summation of his credentials (exalted, anointed, son of Jesse, and favored singer of a nation), the dying king gave credit and honor where it was most due … God Himself. Of all David could have said, he chose to clarify the source of his success, which was the Spirit and the Word.
Oh, that every man who regularly opens his mouth to proclaim God’s truth might be able to make the same claim, that the Spirit of the Lord spoke through him and that the Word was on his tongue! Of course, it cannot be true if that Spirit and Word are not first in the heart and mind of the one who is speaking.
The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth. – Henry David Thoreau