Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Picture of Exaltation

Scripture: Matthew 26:30
After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Insights:  In reference to today’s verse let me quote George A. Buttrick who wrote, “Psalms 113-114 were sung before the meal of the Passover, and Psalms 115-118 after it.  Look at that last psalm: ‘The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? . . . Bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. . . . O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.’  It was a song of courage.”  Buttricks stated the psalm sung was a song of courage.  Thinking about what Jesus was about to face, don’t you believe Jesus needed to be reminded God was on His side?  Don’t you think He needed to know that He need not fear man because they cannot do anything without the Lord’s consent?  Don’t you think it was a comfort to His heart to know God’s mercy endures forever?  As much as these thoughts of reflection are enjoyable, it is not my main point for having us read today’s verses.  My primary purpose this morning is to have us think about our personal worship to our Lord God.  They left the Passover meal, as was the custom, singing psalms of praise and worship to God.  As Buttrick stated the Passover started with singing and ended with singing.  Singing is absolutely crucial to the health and wholeness of our Christian life.  Unfortunately, there has been a worship war that has been going on for over twenty years now regarding style of worship.  The sad part about this war is the fact it is so subjective.  In other words, it is like the temperature in a room.  You will never please everyone.  Someone will be cold and another person hot.  When it comes to worship, however, there is only One person with whom our focus ought to be placed—God!  God enjoys the old music and He is pleased with the new music.  When God listens to our praise, He is looking at our hearts.  So, does music preference prevent you from worshipping with your entire being?  God forgive us if we are holding back due to personal preference.  It is vital we recognize our audience is an audience of ONE!  Beloved, let us worship God unobstructed.  Let us praise Him for who He is. Let us thank Him for what He has done.  Let us, with reckless abandon, give God our very best worship.  Let’s adore Him, He is worthy!

  1. Do you actually sing on Sunday mornings or are you one of the frozen chosen?
  2. Do you sing praises to God throughout the week?                              
Prayer: Lord God, thank You that we even get the opportunity to praise You.  You are so deserving of our worship and exaltation.  May You be pleased today as we adore You.  Amen.  

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