PRAYER: PREMISED ON WORSHIP
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Release date: November 2019 Pages: 499.
Unless God is worshipped for His Own sake, we are reduced to idolatry.
Segler, in his book Christian Worship, says:
"God must be worshipped for His Own glory, or it is idolatry, however relatively worthy its motivation." (Segler 1967, 12, emphasis added).
Again, we emphasise the pivotal focus on God alone.
He alone is worthy of worship.
The English word “worship” is derived from the Old English word weorthscipe—“worth” and ship”—“worthship”— meaning worship; one worthy of reverence and honour. It is honour shown to an object. (Worship – Wikipedia).
When we worship, we declare God’s worth. The 24 elders proclaimed:
“You are worthy, our LORD and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:11, emphasis added).
The angels sang: … “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!” The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshipped. (Revelation 5:12, 14, emphases added).
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You have taken a 4-wheel drive trip into the outback. You couldn’t be more remote. The horizon is a blur in the far distance. There is no town for miles! You are out of range for any mobile phone coverage. There is no passing traffic. And the old jalopy has “packed it in”.
What do you do?
For too many people it is an occasion of “venting their spleen”, cursing loud and long, blaming anyone and everyone, etc.—and kicking the wheel!
The answer is very simple for the Christian. You worship!
And don’t argue that there is no pipe organ or choir or anything that is usually related to “worship”. Now it is time to truly worship—and it is all and only to do with God.
You might start with a devotional statement—a reminder of just Who God is:
“Dear Lord. Almighty creator, ruler and sustainer of the universe. You are from everlasting to everlasting. You know all things—including our predicament. You are everywhere—including out here in this remote place. You are right here with us (His immanence), so we have nothing to worry about. As our omniscient God, You not only know of our predicament, but You have known all about it from the creation of the world. That being the case, it is no surprise to You what has happened today. So we need not to be surprised. And we are assured that You have it all under control. Our lives are in Your merciful and loving hands. With Your omnipotence, there will be no difficulty in providing a solution—however seemingly difficult it might appear”.
This is true worship. True worship is an appreciation of God for His own sake. Without regard to the circumstances!! And without regard for the benefits that we might derive from Him—or even desperately hope to derive from Him.
There is no bargaining.
No guidelines for your expectations.
No angry retorts, like “If God knew this from the creation of the world why didn’t He let us know?” “If He is a sovereign God, why did He allow this to happen … here!?”
True worship is an appreciation of God for His own sake. FULL STOP.
Now what is the sovereign God going to do?
Be assured that He only does all things well/perfectly. He is the judge of all the earth, and He will only do what is right. Can you trust Him for that? Can you expect more than that?
Is that OK? Can you trust God to be God—overwhelming in mercy and care for His children? Do you think that He will be able to handle this without your advice and help? If He can’t, then there is no hope for any of us.
So sit down and relax. It doesn’t depend on you.
Can we say with relaxed surrender:
"But I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands … " (Psalm 31:14-15, emphases added).
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