Blessed Be…

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!” (I Peter 1:3a)

There is a lot of confusion regarding the subject of praise. Confusion reigns regarding who we praise, how we praise, when we praise, where we praise and why we praise. Praise, from the Greek word εὐλογητός (eulogetos) from which we derive the word eulogy, means to bless, worship, honor and glorify.

There has been much discussion, or arguments, regarding the types of music with which believers praise: ranging from traditional, contemporary or blended. Everybody wants what they want and no one seems to be willing to compromise and understand the other person’s point of view.

Then there are the questions raised regarding traditional worship sanctuaries vs. multipurpose auditoriums. Pews vs. stackable, padded chairs. Communion every Sunday vs, only observing the ordinance occasionally. Don’t let me get started regarding fog machines.

What about worship service times? Is 8:00 am too early, 11:00 am too late? 10:30 am just right? Saturday evening instead of Sunday morning? After all, if you have an 11:00 am service, the critics say, Sundays are pretty well shot regarding anything else to do. Therefore, have a worship service on Saturday late afternoon and get it out of the way. Makes sense, right?

Lots of questions needing biblical answers. There is, however, one question which can be addressed here today. That is, who is to be praised? I Peter 1:3a, along with the rest of Scripture, leaves us with no confusion regarding this matter. The only object of our praise, worship, honor and glory is God.

Christians are called and commanded to only worship God. This does not mean God primarily, and entertainers, athletes, politicians and pastors secondarily. No! God and God alone is to be the object of our worship. Worship and praise is to be accomplished with our whole heart and according to Scripture (John 4:24).

This worship can only be accomplished through the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is through the imputed righteousness of Christ that believing sinners have the privilege and responsibility of worshiping the One, True God. That’s right! Worship and praise is a privilege and responsibility. Worship is not to be an afterthought, but our primary thought. Worship is not an intrusion into our schedules but rather the priority to our schedules. Worship is not just one day a week but everyday of the week.

Examine your thoughts and attitudes about worship today. Repent of any casualness or complacency towards approaching the One, True God of our salvation. Replace complacency with reverence and awe. God is worthy of our worship. Read John 4, Exodus 20 and Psalm 150.

Soli deo Gloria!

3 Replies to “Blessed Be…”

  1. Thank You! For me, worship is simply giving God time to have a soul searching visit with me., to hear the holy Spirit’s direction. While I realize He speaks through many mediums, I’m so easily distracted, that ‘medium overload’ in a church service turns me away from interacting with God. Instead, I leave sorting through all that transpired. This includes the calling to sign up for the many projects and serving opportunities a church offers. Wow, they not only make me anxious and checking my schedule, but, they could keep me running and distracted as well from seeking God’s explicit plan for the use of my time and energy. Overload is what I don’t need in a church, I need God’s word divided rightly to assist in living for the purpose God designed me!!!!

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  2. Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

    Let us exalt God’s Name today in our worship and praise of HIm, instead of being so distracted by so many other things.

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