Great Honour

Do you remember back in the summer, I wrote a couple of posts about “The Unquenchable Worshipper”?  If you like, you can read them here and here.  I said I might not blog about every chapter – well, I put it down for a while and have just gone back to it, so thought I’d write about chapter 6.

 

Matt talks about unstoppable worshippers, and some of his examples, I hadn’t heard before.  I’d like to read more about them, so I’m going to look in the notes to see what books they came out of, but here are 3 that impressed me.

 

1.  Rachel.  With the recent tragedy in Connecticut, this story touched me particularly.  It happened back in 1999, in a US high school, that 2 students went in with guns.  Knowing Rachel was a Christian, they shot her 3 times, then they asked whether she believed in God.  She said yes; they told her to ‘Go be with Him’; another shot was fired.  She put God’s honour before her own survival.  Would we do the same?

 

2.  Stephen:  He was the first Christian killed for his faith.  Before he died, he saw Jesus standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:55).  Every other time we hear about Jesus at God’s right hand, He’s sitting, but this time, He’s standing.  Matt points us to Smith Wigglesworth’s explanation of this – that Jesus is on His feet cheering Stephen on, for honouring Him in his difficulty.

 

3.  Jesus Himself, when He shared that Passover meal with His disciples, just before His arrest.  Apparently several hymns are sung at a Jewish Passover, the last of which is Psalm 136.  So when the Bible tells us that after they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives (Mark 14:26), it’s very likely they were singing Psalm 136.  Knowing that Judas’ betrayal and His death on the cross were imminent, Jesus could still sing a Psalm all about giving thanks to God, who is good, and whose love endures forever.  Wow!

 

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

Indispensable

Are you reading The Unquenchable Worshipper with me?  I may not blog about every chapter, but there is something important in chapter 2.

 

Matt talks about a time when he had tendonitis and was unable to play guitar for 7 weeks, despite the busy schedule he had planned.  In all his unanswered questions, he learnt a valuable lesson.  Servants come and go; God could have used any worship-leader for the events on his calendar, but as a son, he was indispensable.  There would never be another Matt Redman.

 

Are you reading this and thinking the same applies to you?  Because if you believe in Jesus, God’s given you the right to become His child.  That means whatever you may be doing for Him, or will do in the future, you’re first of all a son.  God looks at you, and you’re indispensable.  No one can be your replacement.  Someone else may step into your role, but they’ll never be you, and God loves all His children.

I See Jesus

After a week with the kids, today is catch-up day.  I have groceries being delivered, washing to do, E-mails to send … so what do I do first?  See what book came through the post for me yesterday.

 

It’s Matt Redman’s The Unquenchable Worshipper.  What I like about people like Matt Redman and Darlene Czech is that they include Scripture in some of their songs.  If I sense someone’s a Bible-believing Christian and they write a book on worship, I want to read it.

 

I’ve only read the first chapter so far, but it’s really good.  In it he talks about how fire extinguishers work – by removing 3 things:  Heat, oxygen, and fuel.  I won’t go through all his points; I don’t want to spoil it for other readers, but he says the fuel for our worship-fire is the revelation of God.  There are different ways in which God reveals Himself to us, and His Word (the Bible) is one of them.  Psalm 89 was mentioned, so I got out my falling-apart book of Psalms and started to read.  I came to verse 17:  “By Your favour You exalt our Horn”.

 

Who is the Horn of our salvation – the One who saves us?  Jesus.  “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow” – Philippians 2:8-10.  So, because of God’s favour He exalted Jesus?  Yes, it’s true.  If God hadn’t been pleased with us, and wanted us with Him forever, Jesus wouldn’t have died on that cross.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” – John 3:16.

 

Can you see Jesus in your Bible-reading today?