I am excited to get back to my Worship Wednesday post. Music is powerful and I want us to worship our God through these songs.
Today’s song is entitled “The Blood Of Jesus Speaks For Me” by Travis Cottrell. Travis is the worship pastor at Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, TN.
The lyrics to the first two verses go like this:
Be still my soul, redeeming love Out of the dust of Calvary Is rising to the throne above There is no vengeance in His cry While “It is finished” fills the sky forgiveness is the final plea The blood of Jesus speaks for me
My heart can barely take it in He pardons all my guilty stains Surrender all my shame to Him He breaks the curse of every chain My sin is great, but greater still The boundless grace His heart reveals A mercy deeper than the sea The blood of Jesus speaks for me
Worship HIM today because of what HE did on the cross of Calvary!
In 2017, God allowed my wife and I to attend a conference called The SING! Conference, sponsored by Keith & Kristin Getty. It was held in Nashville, Tennessee, and the focus of the conference was to encourage pastors and music directors to engage the church to sing more for the glory of God!
We were not able to attend last year’s conference but I just recently came across a video of one of the speakers, David Platt, and wanted to share it with you. Platt said this,
God blesses his people for the sake of His praise among all people.
You and I are prone to disconnect God’s blessing in our lives from God’s purpose for our lives.
So, what is the purpose of worship? What is YOUR purpose of worship and does it match up with GOD’s purpose for worship?
Take a moment and watch the following video clip of David Platt talking about God’s purpose for worship!
I am afraid that there are too many people (in churches today) that are more concerned about their preferences than with worshipping and praising God. Mike Hartland, Director of Worship for LifeWay Christian Resources says this about worship:
“Worship is our only reasonable response to God’s revelation”.
“The idea is simple – worship is not something we initiate or conjure up for the purpose of convincing God to act on our behalf. It’s not an exercise that dictates a reaction from a deity, nor a personal discipline intended to produce tranquility in our lives. It’s not a philosophy or an approach to spirituality, nor a belief system among many belief systems attempting to bring meaning to our existence. We worship in response to our God, who has revealed himself to us“.
The paragraph below was written by a friend of mine. He is a great pastor and an even better person and friend. He brings out an excellent point about worship and praise of God.
“The word worship comes from two words. One is the old english word “worth” meaning worth and the other is the suffix “-ship” meaning the quality. For example, friendship is the quality of being a friend,. Sportsmanship is the quality of being a good sport. So worthship literally is the quality of ascribing or declaring worth. When we worship we are saying that God has worth, that He is WORTHY.
Worship’s first cousin is the word praise. To praise means to set a price on or attach value. The word “praise” comes from the latin word for price. The opposite of praise, in Latin, is the word for devaluation. So both praise and worship carry with it the idea of ascribing or declaring worth or value. SEEING AND SAYING THE WORTH OF GOD. Worship and Praise is our response to the WORTH of GOD. “Worship is our response, both personal and corporate, to God for who He is, and what He has done; expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.” – Louie Giglio
So your passion of your worship is directly related to your understanding of the worth of God in your life. It has nothing to do with how you feel, if you like the songs or the singers, if the music is good or bad. At it’s core, worship is a decision to respond to the work and person of Jesus by SEEING and SAYING His worth in what you say and how you live.
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
The heart is more that just our affections, as some people think. The heart encompasses mind, emotions and will. The heart is often spoken of in God’s Word as our innermost being. You can say that our heart determines who we are.
Oswald Chambers said this about the heart…
The Bible term “heart” is best understood if we simply say “me,” it is the central citadel of a man’s personality. The heart is the altar of which the physical body is the outer court, and whatever is offered on the altar of the heart will tell ultimately through the extremities of the body.
The Bible informs us that the heart is a critical center of life which touches and impacts all we are and all we do. The NIV says it this…
During this Christmas season, my church is doing a series entitled “The Candles of Advent”. Each week, we talk about another candle and what that candle represents. This past week we talked about the candle of Peace. It was said that until we know the Prince of Peace, we will never truly know peace.
The second line of today’s song says:
From heaven’s height to manger low
There is no distance the Prince of Peace won’t go
From manger low to Calvary’s hill
When your pain runs deep
His love runs deeper still
He has always loved you, child And He always will
WOW! Love those words. There is NO distance the Prince of Peace won’t go. That is how much Jesus loves you.
I hope you draw encouragement from today’s Worship Wednesday song and I hope it causes you to worship HIM more.