Friday, July 27, 2007

Missional Statement: Worship Our God

As I was reading "The Rent Veil" by Horatius Bonar, I couldn't help thinking about our church's current discussions about being missional and getting the Gospel out to the unchurched. I really, really liked this quote from Chapter 9 as a good way of putting it biblically:

"For ages before God sought a temple, He had been seeking worshippers. He could do without the for­mer, but not without the latter.

His first sanctuary was but a tent; and three thou­sand years had elapsed before He said, Build me a house wherein I may dwell. Yet all this time He was seeking for worshippers amongst the sons of men. By man’s sin God had lost the worship of earth, and He had set Himself to regain it.

1. He wants LOVE. Being the infinitely loveable God, He asks love from man—from
every man; love accord­ing to His worth and beauty.
2. He claims OBEDIENCE. For His will is the foun­tainhead of all law; and He expects that this will of His should be in all things conformed to.
3. He expects SERVICE. The willing and living service of man’s whole being is what He claims and desires,—­the service of body, soul, and spirit.
4. He asks for WORSHIP. He does not stand in need of human praise or prayer; yet He asks for these, He delights in these, He wants the inner praise of the silent heart. He wants the uttered praise of the fervent lip and tongue. He desires the solitary praise of the closet; and still more the loud harmony of the great congregation; for “the Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob,” (Ps. 87:2).

True praise is a “speaking well of God”, (1 Peter 1:3), speaking of Him in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, according to His excellency. “Bless the Lord, O my soul” (Ps. 103:1), “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 1:3)."


With the veil now rent, we identify with Isaiah in Chapter 6:

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory."

4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty."
6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7 With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for."
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?"
And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

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