O Worship The Lord
All things (and everything) is possible when we seek His Divine guidance and Counsel.
On our Sunday Worship of May 15, 2011 we did something that we ought to have done a long time before - a negligence on the part of the eldest member of the group- i.e., myself alone to blame. For the first time since my volunteering to lead our worship, I asked the conductor, the Bible readers and the guitarist to stand in unison for a brief prayer seeking The Lord's guidance and blessing before the start of our Sunday service.
There is no doubt that each of us had individually sought The Lord's guidance, directions and blessings towards our individual task for the worship prior to arriving at church – but, we had never prayed collectively before each church service.
And what a joyous revelation! The Lord emboldened our spirits to proceed fearlessly, without any hesitation, and in the right manner. I had been praying for many months for His Divine Guidance to strengthen our small flock in the matter of fearless and uninhibited Praise and Worship time (even though we have close around 90 attendees, firm Believers among us are few).
Many of us who have been groomed at church worship in the archaic Victorian tradition are more than often uneasy in displaying our emotions in public (even amidst our own congregation) - mostly so because we were taught to maintain absolute silence as mark of fear and reverence to The Lord - my own perception on how this came about would perhaps take root from one of Christ's teaching to His disciples when He taught us how to pray (The Lord's Prayer) and proceeded to mention that our personal entreaties to Our Heavenly Father should be done in the privacy of our rooms. Yes, there is no doubt that our Lord Jesus Christ taught with Great Wisdom and truly more wisdom than any one of us ordinary human will ever attain in either our mortal or immortal self. Presumably, many of us Christians have taken this passage beyond the bounds of its context as I believe this teaching by our Saviour has more to do with our personal entreaties to The Lord where so many personal matters will come into play, and it is obvious that rarely or never will we confess our deepest darkest secrets in public.
However, when prayers to Our Lord involves purely worship and thanksgiving for all His Benevolence and Grace, why should we not offer it with shouts of joy and at the top of our voices!
We should remember the greatest commandment that Christ revealed to us, 'To love the Lord The God with all our heart, with all our mind and all our strength.'
Having mentioned to our congregation time and again that if we can cheer loudly with pent up emotions during sports and other gala events, why should we not do the same or even more for Our Heavenly Father who has given us life and all the bounties of His Creation to enjoy - thus offering our praises to Him with joy and delight! Although having preached this point on several occasions, I had never summoned enough courage put this into practice until now.
Giving The Lord first place in our hearts is indeed very important to the True Believer but giving The Lord glory, honour and praise in the highest and above all is another thing that we should always do.
May 01, 2011 Sermon:
That, the Holy Bible is The Word of God
What a mighty blessing to know that ‘The Holy Bible Is The Word of God!’ If we only should take a little time and research two very profound prophecies;
We have ample proof in clear evidence of the Holy Truth.