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Here is the question of the week. How many of you give your all in worship, not only on Sunday, but everyday of the week? I think that if we polled the church here in North America we would be shocked by how few of us actually live that way. A life of worship for our King flowing out from our very being, ignited by His Spirit. We would also find, if everyone of us is honest, that even in our Sunday worship we are not being who we should be. We have wandering hearts. Isaiah the prophet said concerning people like us in Isaiah 29:13;

Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
      And honor Me with their lips,
      But have removed their hearts far from Me,
      And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men

Oh how we want to look good in front of others. We put on our Sunday best, put a smile on and act holy when in reality our hearts are far from God. We have forget we are there to honor God and not man. Looking good and holy may fool some, but it never fools God. We forget that he is there in our midst. Mat 18:20. We sing the songs, but do we even pay attention to the lyrics. Are we truly singing from hearts of love and devotion for our Lord?

Here I am to worship,

Here I am to bow down,

Here I am to say that you’re my King,

You’re altogether lovely,

Altogether worthy,

Altogether wonderful to me.

I’ll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross.

Have songs like Here I am to Worship become more than songs to us or have they become just another song sung so many times that it has become ordinary. Does it provoke emotions in us or does it bring us to a place of genuine worship. We sang that song last night in both Russian and English at our joint prayer meeting, and I wanted to soar. My heart wanted to burst with praise for Jesus and all He has done for us. For me it’s a song that brings into focus His deep and powerful love for us. It has become not just song to me, but an anthem. But there are other times where even as a worship leader I am just singing the songs without the devotion and worship that are deserved by Christ. We get distracted from the reason why we gather together.

It speaks about the condition of our hearts when we don’t live the lives of worship that we should. We have let them drift and have lost our first love. Go back and remember when you first accepted Jesus into your heart. When all you do was think about Him. When reading His word and spending time in prayer with Him was the things that excited you most. Now many of us have to admit other things have crowded Him out. We get more excited over things. We need to get back to thatfirst love. He is always there waiting so patiently for us.  We need to have that love rekindled once more.  And this goes for all areas of our lives. Not just at Church, but at home, at work, and at play. It has to be all directed and devoted to Him.

16 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. 17 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. Col. 3:16-17

22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. Col. 3:22-24

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1Cor. 10:31

When we try to please men, our rewards are from men and one day will perish, but when we try to please God and give Him that genuine worship, our reward is eternal.

Check your heart. Are you a man pleaser or a God pleaser? Which would describe you?

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Comments on: "Are You a Genuine Worshipper?" (7)

  1. Shelley said:

    Ciao Gerry,
    It was so wonderful to see you stop in for a visit, it was great to see you.
    Thank you as well for such a sweet comment, I really loved it from you.
    I have enjoyed my visit here this evening…and your entry is so true…we need to worship God with all that is within us.
    Keep shinning for the Lord Gerry, I always enjoy my time here when I stop in for a visit.
    God Bless You and Your Family.
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  2. kïrstin said:

    He really is faithful! i couldnt imagine life without Jesus! i would find Him eventually …. hungry heart, you know …
    thanks!
    s. lizard♫

  3. Still new to this msn thing but…….( singing…..
    I give you praise for you deserve it
    I give you praise for what you\’ve done
    I give you praise for you are able
    I give you praise \’till I overcome
     
    The shout , of the king is among us
    God lives here in our praises
    The shout, of the king is among us
    Praise Him praise Him praise Him in everything. 
     
    may God Bless you more abundantly than you can imagine
     
    Fellow worshipper
     
    Pete

  4. Shelley said:

    Ciao Gerry,
    It was wonderful to see you stop in for a visit and also for your comment, it meant so much to me. Thank you.
    I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend in the Lord and also wish you a wonderful week to follow.
    Looking forward to a new update as it is always such a pleasure to stop in and read your entries.
    God Bless You My Dear Brother In Christ.
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  5. Shelley said:

    Ciao Gerry,
    Just wanted to stop in and ask you to visit my site, on the right of my site you will find a link that says VOTE FOR JESUS….
    The link itself is in Spanish, but the Muslim people have created votes and are going to put out a web site regarding this…and wanted votes. At the bottom of the page is JESUS….please ask everyone to vote.
    Thank you so much.
    God Bless You
    (¯`v´¯)`*.¸.*´¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)(¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`•                  Hugs & Kisses                      Love                     Shelley                       xXx

  6.  
    The first time I heard this song we sang it in church and it moved me to tears, not of sadness, but of joy and truth. I had to come home and find it on my computer and listen to it again and again until I knew the words by heart. I really enjoy coming to your space as it is inspiring and it speaks to me. It feels sorta like a sermon away from the church that I attend. Thank you and I will be visiting often as I like your space alot. Thank-you for visiting and commenting on my space as well. Hope your having a great day and have a good week ahead. Thanks again. Sarah 
    Here I am to worship,
    Here I am to bow down,
    Here I am to say that you\’re my King,
    You\’re altogether lovely,
    Altogether worthy,
    Altogether wonderful to me.
    I\’ll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross.

  7.  I wrote a book back in 1999 on this very subject. The title of it is "In Spirit and in Truth". If you are interested in reading it I could send you a copy. Better  than burdening an e-mail program with huge attachments. I could do it anyway you like though. Let me know. I\’d be happy to oblige.
                                                                                                                   Evelyn    The Castle Lady

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