PictureIsaiah 6:1-5
Worship is so much more than a song; I get that. In fact it is a daily thing; a lifestyle if you will, it is righteous living before a Holy God in honor of who He is.

However, there are moments during worship thru song, in which the believer catches a glimpse of Heaven. It almost seems as if the believer has stepped into a transport portal of some sort, and has found his or herself standing before the very throne of God himself.

The lyrics, the voices of others singing around and with you, the reverence and tone in the atmosphere, all these things come into play when a moment like this arises.

My family and I have been watching The Voice, because we enjoy seeing the contestants sing. The singers do their best to perform well, many are nervous, and the performance does not go as well as hoped, nonetheless, it is still quite entertaining. Those watching sit back and enjoy the show, whether by television or actually there. The judges, sit in there kingly chairs as the performers seek to persuade their coach through song to keep them on the team. Each performer is so excited to be on the stage, none can believe they are actually there, and during each song there are moments when the singer will hit some amazing note while the crowd cheers them on. Fans and family together shout for their favorites to stay on the show, even my wife and I talk over who we would like to see stay on the show; and then the moment is surreal for one of the singers, a dream come true—they’ve won.

The reason I love worshiping God thru song, is because it is so much different than The Voice. In the throne room of God there is no one on stage but Him. He sits on the throne, and there is plenty of singing going on, except there, it is not coming from the One who is on stage but from those off it. There are no judges, the entire congregation sings from the same point of view, lost but now found, blind but now see. The surreal feeling is not coming from Him who sits on the throne, but from every heart that sees Him! Angels and people alike, are singing to Him, about Him, and for Him who sits on the throne.

I had a moment like this in Chapel this morning, as we worshiped the, Great I Am, at SWBTS. A moment when you can just close your eyes, and sing along with your brothers and sisters, and worship the King. 
We must remember who it is we worship, He truly is a great King, Lord and God Almighty. He is deserving of our praises because of who He is, and we are privileged to know Him.

I long for that day, when I am truly there at His throne. To see Him, the one who loved me, and gave himself for me. The day when faith becomes sight, no longer will I need to endure. The race will have been finished… on that day when I see my King.

Till then, there are these moments when we catch glimpses of His throne.

Love God, Love People

“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
                       -Romans 13:8-10
Certainly, loving your neighbor as yourself is a difficult thing to do; and without a doubt this commandment is not referring only to our physical neighbors, but to people in general.

The Apostle Paul is quoting Jesus’ second greatest commandment, to Love people.

It is in this commandment the first will be demonstrated. This is why Jesus, after stating the “great and first commandment”, said,  “And a second is like it…” because when we as God’s people love others we are showing that we truly Love God.

Interestingly enough Paul uses financial terms to develop his thoughts on loving others. He says, “Owe no one anything, except to love each other…” Paul is saying we owe it to each other to love one another and there is no exception to this! This begs the question, what does it mean to love one another?

Certainly it is nothing short of showing people kindness and compassion, but is it more than this? Could there be a deeper sense of love for our neighbor? Paul seems to think so, in fact he lumps several commandments in with loving others. He relates obedience to God as showing love to another.

What does my obedience to God have to do with another? Well, a few things.

1.     When others see my obedience to God, it shows others that I fear God.

Fearing God isn’t what most people think it is. When many think about fearing God they think about a tyrannical vicious God that wants none other than to torment people. But this is not who God is. Rather God is feared because He is righteous.

Have you ever been around someone you really respected, and because of the values they possess, were afraid to do something offensive in front of them?

Well that is kind of what it means to fear God, He is truly good, and sets the standard for perfection, therefore it is right for one to fear Him and keep His commandments (Ecc. 12:13).

2.     When others see my obedience to God, the Gospel is proclaimed

When we are obedient to God, we are living out the gospel, it is then on display for all to see. The message that men are in need of a Savior, and that Jesus paid the price for our sins, enduring the wrath of God on our behalves on the cross.

When we live for Jesus, we obey Him and when we obey Him, we are living for Him. We are not only telling others that He is our Savior, but He is our Lord (Eph 2:10).

3.     When others see my obedience to God, God is glorified.

There is only one who gets the glory. God created us that we might live for Him, honoring Him with our lives. We owe it all to Him, and if it wasn’t for Him we would have no hope.

 God is not dependent on anything from us, and that includes our worship, rather worship is what He deserves from us. His Character, values, attributes, everything about Him commands worship, and praise, and honor. It is all because of who He is, and when we live holy lives we are glorifying His Holy name (Titus 2:11-14).

Why do we love our Neighbor as ourselves? Simply because, God is at the center of it. When we Love people, we Love God.