Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New Covenant Song 7
With Passion for Yahweh

7:1 Yahweh, Eternal One, it’s me again.
I praise you for your loving care
2 for there are some would harm me,
wishing to tear out my heart like an abandoned child on the streets.
3 Dear Eternal One, show me the evil I have done?
Show me the blind spots in my life?
4 Have I mistakenly hurt another?
Have I used one for my own advantage?
5 Show me my error!
Use whatever discipline it takes to change me…
I want to be like Jesus.
(Give thanks and reflect on this.)
6 Arise Yahweh, in your glory!
May your glory shine on your servant!
Bring honor to your great name,
And guard the dignity of your kingdom.
7 Let your church rejoice in you!
Receive our worship and praise!
8 Yahweh, you have redeemed your people
With the blood of your Son.
You have clothed us with fresh, pure linen.
9 Oh Yahweh, convict our hearts!
Give us your heart!
You know us better than we know ourselves.
Give us the mind of Christ.
10 Eternal One, you are our transformer
creating Christ Jesus in us.
11 You are so holy,
so very good to the oppressed.
12 Bring repentance to our hearts
and convince us with the truth of your Word.
You have given us the treasure of your Word!
13 You have preserved it through time
and bear it’s truth to our hearts.
14 Your Word reveals the thoughts of people,
even when intentions are wrong.
15 Poor souls stumble and fall over their own mistakes.
16 The consequences of our errors are grievous to bear and offensive to your Spirit.
17 Thank you Yahweh, for your redemption;
I will sing the praises of Yahweh, the Eternal One,
Above all.

xtnyoda shalomed


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Thought I would share a little thought on worship that is...well...a great deal of fun for me during cooperate worship times at church.

The writer of Hebrews quotes from Psalm 22:22 as follows:
Hebrews 2:12
I will proclaim Your name to My brothers;
I will sing hymns to You in the congregation.

A few years ago this really struck me about Jesus singing hymns to God in the congregation. Added to that, the great picture from verse three of the same said Psalm 22:
But You are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.

So the worship picture I get is this:

As we worship together we in a sense build a throne for God and God inhabits, sits on the throne of our worship. And...as we are worshiping God...Jesus joins us, the congregation, in worshiping God with us.

During our worship I enjoy visualizing this...looking out over the congregation and seeing Christ among the congregation worshiping with us as God is enthroned upon our praise. I've told our worship leader, that he needs to be keenly aware that as he leads the congregation in worship...he is also actually leading Jesus in worship as well.

A few years ago I was the chaplain for a year for a group called Master Singers, worship leaders, men and women from all over our state...some 150 dear worshipers. I got to bring a message at our annual retreat, and this was the message I brought. You are leading Christ in worship of God.

Thought I would share it. Might add a little spiritual spice to your worship encounters with God...whether your congregation is 20 or 20,000...Christ is there...worshiping with you.

xtnyoda shalomed


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