Sunday Morning Starters – Worship
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, “Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah who enter in at these gates to worship the Lord!'” (Jeremiah 7:1-2)
Worship Is Hearing The Word
Today is a day of worship where we join together in the fellowship of hearts as the people of God. We lift our voices up to give glory to the Father. The communion of remembrance binds our hearts as one in the sacrifice of Christ. Our assembly is a time of personal encouragement to share our lives with one another in a like precious faith. Worship on the first day of the week is where we can be together to talk about the word of God.
Hearing the word of God is one of the most amazing acts of grace afforded man. Revealed through the written word we have the mind of God expressed to us from the beginning of time. The book we call the Bible is a collation of sixty-six books spanning from Moses telling the oldest story of man to John’s revelation of the future of man. This is not just an ordinary book. Holding in our hand a copy of the Bible is a message that came from the throne of God in Heaven. It is not sacred because it says “Bible” on the outside; it is revered because it is God speaking to us.
In our worship today the Bible will be read and studied. A closed Bible is a closed mind. Jeremiah the prophet was told to instruct the people to “Hear the word of the Lord.” Worship is hearing the word of the Lord and letting its truths blend deeply into every fabric of our lives. When we ‘enter the gates of the Lord’ this morning take the word of God and when the word of the Lord is read open its pages and drink deeply its eternal message of love. Our faith is dependent upon hearing the word of God. As the word goes in our life so goes our faith.
The Bible experienced is God experienced in all the length and breadth and height and depth of His revelation and communication to man. (E. I. Watkin, the Life of the Spirit, February-March, 1954)