What Matters to God … Part IV

“The Lord is great in Zion; HE is high above all peoples.  Let them praise Your great an awesome name – HE is holy” (Ps. 99:2).
 

“For YOU, O Lord, are Most High above all the earth; YOU are exalted far above all gods”

(Ps. 97:9).
 

 

“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, may YOUR glory be above all the earth” (Ps. 108:5)
 

 

These verses above tell us of God’s exalted position above all peoples; above all the earth and even the heavens.  He is God, the exalted head above all (1 Chron. 29:11).
 

 

Too often we as Christians can contend with God for worship.  But God is a jealous God and He will not dispute this matter with us.  Through His forever mercy He opens our eyes to see what we have missed.  HE is God and we are not!
 

 

In the nineteen seventies we would sing the beautiful chorus of worship …
 

 

            “I exalt thee …
                        … I exalt thee
              I exalt thee … O, Lord.”

 

This powerful worship focused our eyes on God.   I was moved to devotion.  But can I tell you singing isn’t the same as doing.  It’s like me saying to my wife, Reba, “I hug you,” as I pass by her … thinking the words will be a sufficient replacement for an actual physical hug.  My words are meaningless without action. 
 

 

God wants us to worship HIM not only in song but also with our lives.  That’s why Paul would write to the Roman Christians
 

I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship”  (Romans 12:1, MEV).

 

 

In response to God’s mercy, we’re to worship God not simply with our words, but with our bodies, our lives.  Worship to God can’t be confined to what we do in the sanctuary on Sunday morning.  Our worship includes the ordinary things in life.  It’s an exaltation of God in every area of our lives.  It’s an all in response to His amazing grace.
 

 

~ Pastor Greg


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