Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Worship

This weekend I went to visit my parents at their new home in TN. The church that they have joined is a small community church but the teaching is wonderful! Sunday school this week was about corporate worship. However, one of the strongest things said was the definition of worship. Lee defined it as "our resonse to God." It encompasses ALL of life. Everything we do is (or should be) an act of worship to God. It should show that we recognize Him as Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Nissi, El Roi, El Shaddai, Adonai.

To be able to do this, we have to truly know God and His character. We have to be intimate with Him. This is what He wants for and from us! I struggle with this everyday and often fail. But our God is a God of forgiveness. He is Jehovah Jireh, our provider. He has provided a way out. For our redemption and forgiveness it was necessary for there to be a perfect sacrifice and this sacrifice had to be of our blood, kinsman! Guess what...He is Jehovah Jireh! Just as He provided a ram for sacrifice when He told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, He provided a perfect, spotless Lamb for our Sacrifice! Just as He provided a kinsman redeemer for Ruth and Naomi, He provided a kinsman Redeemer for us (Ruth's story is beautiful and it mirrors Jesus redemption of us)!

Why is it that even when we believe this redemption is only through Christ, we continue to live a life that does not show worship of God in ALL we do? We still live in a body of flesh and flesh is weak! This means that I must depend on God's strength for everything I do. His name is my tower, the righteous run to it and is safe (Proverbs 18:10). May I allow God to mold me into His image, that I may live a life of worship and obedience to Him!

Erika, I LOVE the study of God's names and will anticipate your post everyday. When you finish doing these posts, if there is another name that my book describes, I'll add to what you say. The more names we know, the more weapons against Satan we have! :-)

2 comments:

Erika said...

Yeah! All better!
Claire I love reading what you have to say. You are always so encouraging to me. I cannot imagine what kind of Faith it will take to become a doctor... that amazes me. Not only will you be able to physically help treat and heal, but you'll be able to pray for them! How many doctors do that! That God has blessed you with the drive and the desire is amazing. I look forward to hearing more from you and your perspective on what God has for all of us.

Now for the sad news... I'm out of names of God(as she tries to duck the tomatoes). I am following a study suggestion in my Study Bible, and it started with 5 days of who God is. Up next is who Jesus is. Perhaps someone else would like to take up the names of God torch? I'd love to hear more as well- the last several days have been so awe-inspiring.

Claire said...

You'll be glad to know that my refrigerator contains no tomatoes at the moment! :-) Sounds like learning about Jesus will be great, too! I'm re-reading my study in the names of God, so I'll be glad to pick up the torch! Thanks for YOUR encouragement! i'm excited that I'll be able to pray for my patients and hopefully WITH them, too.