Worship Wednesday – “Is He Worthy?”

As Christians, we all seem to lose our focus on Christ from time to time. The great hymn writer Robert Robinson, even added our loss of focus to his song when he penned “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”.

O to grace how great a debtor, daily I’m constrained to be!

Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee.

Prone to wonder, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;

Here’s my heart, Lord, take a seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.

So, from time to time, we need to be reminded of who we are but more importantly, we need to be reminded of who HE is.

Today’s Worship Wednesday song is entitled “Is He Worthy?” from Andrew Peterson. Peterson has written this song as a reminder to us as to the power and worth of God Almighty! We are reminded of His power and worth in chapter 5 in the book of Revelation. It says,

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”

I hope you enjoy “Is He Worthy?” and worship our Lord today because He is the ONLY ONE WORTHY!

Do you feel the world is broken? (We do)
Do you feel the shadows deepen? (We do)
But do you know that all the dark won’t stop the light from getting through? (We do)
Do you wish that you could see it all made new? (We do)

Is all creation groaning? (It is)
Is a new creation coming? (It is)
Is the glory of the Lord to be the light within our midst? (It is)
Is it good that we remind ourselves of this? (It is)

Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave

Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory
Is He worthy of this?
He is

Hunter Pence & Christians

A few days ago I was watching the Atlanta Braves play the San Francisco Giants. As the batter approached the plate, the announcers say,

And here is Hunter Pence. You talk about a different type of player than most major leaguers!

Hunter Pence

That caught my ear. Why would someone make such a bold statement like that. Was he the best player in the majors? Did the Giants win every game that he played in? Did he lead the majors in home runs, RBI’s, triples, doubles and singles?

Did he catch everything that came to him in the outfield? Was he able to beat the other team just by himself?

Of course not. In fact, he does not lead the league in any of the above mentioned categories. Nor would he be able to beat a team all by him.

So, what made the announce say that he was just a different type of player than most major leaguers?

It is a very simple word: PASSION!

If you have ever watched Hunter Pence play, you know that he loves, and I mean loves, the game of baseball. He hustles on every play and he gives his 100% best every time he steps foot on the field. His passion for the game is so much so that it overflows onto the field and people can see a difference in him.

My pastor is currently going through a series on the book of Revelation and I could not help but recall the verse in Revelation 2:4 that says, “but I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first”. Paul was talking to the church at Ephesus and had just commended them for being a serving church, a sacrificial church, a steadfast church and a suffering church.

Warren Wiersbe says the following about the church of Ephesus,

No matter how you examine this congregation, you conclude that it is just about perfect. However, the One among the lampstands saw into their hearts, and HE had a different diagnosis from ours.

This “perfect” church on the outside had lost its “first love” for Christ! They had lost their passion for Christ. They were just going through the motions. Wiersbe says that “first love” can be described as,

…the devotion to Christ that so often characterizes the new believer: fervent, personal, uninhibited, excited and openly displayed.

Are you just going through the motions of being a Christian?

You may never get the chance to walk up to a batters box and be introduced on TV. You may never get the chance for someone to announce to a huge viewing audience that “this is one player that is just different”. But, how do the people around you see you? Do they see you as just another church person who is doing what they are supposed to be doing (outward appearance) or do they see something that makes them say, “Wow, something is different with that person!”.

As Christians, we should be, not just look, different from this world!

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. – II Peter 2:9