And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:15-17)
Worship In Peace, In Song, In Thanksgiving
Man was created to worship. There is nothing more central to the happiness of man than the act of giving homage, respect and glory to the Lord God Creator. From the beginning of time worship has been the key to man’s happiness. The types of worship have changed over the generations but the nature of how to worship remains the same. Jesus told the woman at the well sermon that His Father desires for men to worship in spirit and truth. From Adam to what we do today on the first day of the week worship is a time of peace, a time of song and a time to give thanks for all the blessings bestowed on us.
Our worship today is about the peace of God. The world is filled with a lot of uneasiness, anxiety, fear and worry. Being together with people who love the Lord and love one another is the spirit of peace. Isaiah declared the peace in the coming kingdom as the wolf and the lamb dwelling together or the leopards lying down with the goats. Our hearts are ruled by the peace of God. United under the common cause of the cross of Jesus Christ we share together in the turmoil’s of life. Peace is how we share our worship today.
Our worship today is about the word of Christ dwelling in our hearts. This comes from a meditation of the word of God surrounding His grace in our hearts. Like the psalmist we love to read God’s message of peace. It dwells in our hearts richly as the fruit of its branches fill every corner of what we think, what we do and how we live. The Bible teaches us truth. Each day is a small measure of God’s love filling our minds. His wisdom is my wisdom. His teaching is my teaching. His word is my life.
Our worship today is about singing. The good news about God’s ear is that He loves to hear His children singing no matter whether the tune is carried in a bucket or not. It matters not how the child sings but rather that the child is singing. He wants us to sing to Him with joy. Grace fills our hearts as we joyfully proclaim the peace we have in Christ. Singing brings peace. It soothes the troubled soul. Words fill our minds with the love of God. Singing is as much about listening as making a joyful noise. We do not sing by ourselves today. We lift up our voices with others to exalt the name of God. Our worship is an experience of togetherness. It is about one another. It is about communion. Singing is worship with one another to one another for one another.
Our worship is about what we do. Whatever we do in word is about Jesus Christ. All that we do in deed is about Jesus Christ. Worship is about Jesus Christ. When we worship God we remove the selfish motives of our lives yielding them to the will of the Father. Our worship to the Son is our worship to the Father. God gave His Son to die for us. Can we worship any less than honor given to such a sacrifice? How great is the love of the Father and how great the love of the Son.
Worship is about saying thank you to the Father. During the time of collective worship today keep in mind how thankful we should be for the grace of God. We can never say it enough but we should say it often. Worship today with thanksgiving. How awesome a God we serve. Thank you dear Father.
Perfectly to will what God wills, to want what He wants, is to have joy. (Meister Eckhart, 14th Century, Works)