NOTEWORTHY QUOTE 10

NOTEWORTHY QUOTE 10

 

"SELAH - PAUSE AND CALMLY THINK OF THAT"

“SELAH – PAUSE AND CALMLY THINK OF THAT”

 

From time-to-time I like to post quotes that I view as noteworthy.

The following is statements are quoted from David Ravenhill found on page 98 of Chapter 8 of his book, “They Drank From The River And Died In The Wilderness”

“Growing up with entertainment has made us very entertainment-oriented. This desire to be entertained has influenced our concept and understanding of worship. For many Christians, “worship” is more a program or performance to watch than it is a divine encounter in which they can personally participate. If the service makes them feel good, if the music sends a thrill up their spine, or if the preaching stirs their emotions, then they feel that certainly they must have worshipped, even if they had no conscious awareness of the presence of God.”

“We must be careful to always keep the focus of our worship squarely on God Himself. It  is too easy for us to fall into the trap of worshipping our own worship. It is too easy to lift up human talent, ability or understanding to the point that we take away from the God the honor that is due His name. Everything we do in worship should go to the cross of Christ. Much of our worship ignores the cross because we actually are lifting up man.”

“We need to examine our motives and our desires. Why are we worshipping? Is it because we want to bring glory to God and grow in intimate fellowship with Him? Or is it because we want to be entertained and made to feel good? We need to regularly ask, “Lord, is this taking away from your glory?”

Source: Ravenhill, David. They Drank From The River And Died In The Wilderness. Shippensburg, PA, Destiny Image, 2000

SELAH!

“THE HEART OF WORSHIP” – SUNG BY MICHAEL W. SMITH

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

(John 4:23, 24 -NKJV)

 

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NOTEWORTHY QUOTE 3

NOTEWORTHY QUOTE 3

"SELAH - PAUSE AND CALMLY THINK OF THAT"

“SELAH – PAUSE AND CALMLY THINK OF THAT”

 

The following is a statement quoted from John Wesley (17th June 1703 – 2nd March, 1791) the founder of Methodism.

“Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.”

(Source: http://www.christian-quotes.ochristian.com)

And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips but remove their hearts and minds far from Me, and their fear and reverence for Me are a commandment of men that is learned by repetition [without any thought as to the meaning],”

(Isaiah 29:13 – Amplified Bible)

“These people draw near Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts hold off and are far away from Me.”

(Matthew 15:8 – Amplified Bible)

SELAH!

“THE HEART OF WORSHIP” – MICHAEL W. SMITH

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