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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ Mt 4:4.

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Feb 2

Written by: Andries
Saturday, February 02, 2019 1:56:42 AM  RssIcon

We believe that God moves in a fresh way in his church and amongst his people today and that an important part of this restoration comes from warm and sincere celebration of God through praise and worship.
 
John 4:24: God is spirit; and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
 
It is a Biblical imperative to praise and worship God. It is really important for all believers. We should indeed emphasise this principle during our Sunday Worship.
 
The most important reason is that celebratory Sunday Worship, where we heartily praise the Lord, is not the invention of man, or of the gospel music industry or any church renewal movement, but it is God’s idea.
From the beginning, since the days of the Old Testament, it was God’s idea that his people should meet regularly and continuously, to worship him and to celebrate our relationship with him.
 
If we study the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments, we will find without any doubt that God commanded us to thank, acclaim, praise and worship him with hearts, and minds and voices. Just listen to Psalm 150, and see how we are taught to "praise the Lord!"
Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary;
Praise him in his mighty expanse.
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
Praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Praise him with trumpet sound;
Praise him with harp and lyre.
Praise him with timbrel and dancing.
Praise him with stringed instruments and pipe.
Praise him with loud cymbals;
Praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
 
The reason for the biblical imperative to worship and praise lies not with God’s needs, but with mine. The reason is that we need what praise and worship do in our lives. We have a deeply rooted need to celebrate him. Praise and worship change and inspire us! The living of a purposeful and content life begins with celebrating God.
 
John 4:23-24 says: "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be his worshipers. God is spirit; and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."
 
Praise and worship is essential for every Christian. It is important, because God created us to praise him. And God desires for us to become true worshipers who worship the one and only true God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
God has called us, his sons and daughters, to be true worshipers. “God seeks worshippers”, the Bible says. To worship God in “spirit and truth” means to worship the true God whole heartedly, honestly, earnestly and truthfully. It teaches us that our worship should come from our heart, be devoted to our God and will be experienced under inspiration of God personally, through his Spirit.
 
God is worthy of our worship. He deserves our praise and thanksgiving. Revelation 4:11 says, "Worthy are you, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for you created all things” and Revelation 5:11-12, "And I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, 'Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”
 
As we praise and worship God, our focus is not on ourselves, but on the Lord. Praise and worship bring us into the very presence of a holy God where we hear his message and receive the work we are to do for him.
 
Worship and praise change us.  It takes away our cynical thoughts and gives us hope. It makes us people of faith. It makes us people who through faith celebrate the grace, the power and the love of God.
 
We are people of praise, because our God is worthy of our praise, and because we received a new life and new hope.
Let’s continue to make it our priority.  

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