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Worship and who we exalt (2003-04-01 - 4:19 p.m.)

“God continually introduces us to people for whom we have no affinity, and unless we are worshipping God, the most natural thing to do is to treat them heartlessly, to give them a text like the jab of a spear, or leave them with a rapped-out counsel of God and go. A heartless Christian must be a terrible grief to Our Lord.”—Oswald Chambers This cuts to the quick. I was just talking the other day about people that I have nothing in common with, yet I am expected to minister to them and love them. If I am worshipping the Lord, it will not be a difficult thing for me. And in regard to worship, Anne Ortlund admonished us to quit trying to “climb up from below.” What she means is that we need to wait for the inspiration and the blessing to come from above. We can’t “make” worship exciting. We mustn’t worship worship. The adrenaline high that is sometimes achieved during worship can become addictive and that’s bad. That high can become the end to which we labor. If that happens, then the high becomes the idol, and we are no longer worshipping the Father.

I’m reading through Corinthians this month. 1 Corinthians 1 spends a bit of time first encouraging the Christians in Corinth to get along, then reminding us that God has chosen something that appears foolish in the eyes of the world to proclaim the truth. Jonathan Edwards describes part of this chapter. “We humans are naturally prone to exalt ourselves and depend on our own power or goodness. But this chapter should teach us to exalt God alone, not only by trust and reliance, but also by praise: ‘He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.’ If you excel in holiness, take no glory to yourself, but ascribe it to Him whose workmanship you are.”

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