Saturday, September 16, 2006

WORSHIPPING THE WAYS OF GOD - PART 2

WHAT ARE GOD'S WAYS?
WHAT DOES IT MEANS TO WORSHIP THE WAYS OF GOD?

Kindly read the answers posted on 7 September 2006

PART 2 - WORSHIPPING GOD FOR HIS CEASELESS CARE

In Exodus chapter 4 we read about the story of the Israelites in bondage in the Land of Egypt. When God sent Moses and Aaron to tell the children of Israel that He had seen their affliction and was about to deliver them from the bondage of the Egyptians, "they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshipped." (Exodus 4:29 KJV)

Do you see the people of God worshipping Him for His ways? But the situation recorded here is very different from the first example (read Part 1 posted on 7 September 2006). No change had actually taken place in the condition of God's people when they bowed their heads in worship. They had only been assured that God had seen their affliction and was going to deliver them. They were told by Moses and Aaron that God had not forgotten them those four hundred thirty years and it was this assurance that provoked worship.

We are often unable to worship God because in our trials we think He has forgotten us. We are cast down because of prolonged domestic difficulties; but whose domestic difficulties have lasted four hundred thirty years? We have been sick and have long hoped for healing; we have been out of employment for months and still cannot find a job; the same old harrassing circumstances remain. So we come to the conclusion that God has not taken note of all our trials and has left us to our own resources. How can we worship Him? Our lips are silenced.

But a day comes when we see God and understand His ways, and immediately we know that He has never forgotten us. In that day our silenced lips are opened and with bowed head we acknowledge that all that we have gone through has been working for our good. (Romans 8:28) We see God's grace in everything and we worship His ways!

Extract From Twelve Basket Full Vol 2 - Watchman Nee

It is an easy thing to worship God in a mass gathering because there is no cost attached. What if one day, our circumstances are against us? Can we still give thanks and offer sacrifice of praise?

God is still seeking for worshippers who dare to worship Him in all His ways upon their lives. We must come to a point where all our entire future hinges on the matter of our worshipful acceptance of all His dealings with us. We must come to a stage where we worship Him for everthing it pleases Him to give and for everything it pleases Him to take away.

When we have really seen Who God is, we will fall before Him and acknowledge that all His ways with us are right ways, and we will worship Him because He has done all things well.

Copyright (c) TPWC

2 comments:

Ben Sim said...

And indeed it is such a joy to worship God for who He is, for what He has done and what He is going to do. Thank you TPWC for your posts, they truly have been inspiring. I must say that it is so easy to simply state these facts without living it out in our lives. It may seem so intangible initially but the fruits of choosing God over our circumstances are more than tangible and most definitely, priceless!

Here's a suggestion, perhaps you could add some practical tips about how we can choose God in these times and how we can prepare ourselves now to face such a time in future.

Many thanks again for your posts. They have really been inspiring!

The Praise & Worship Connection said...

Hi Ben,

Thanks for your comments. I agree with you that it is not easy to practice these truths in our walk but God is seeking for such worshippers who will choose the worship Him in spirit & in truth (John 4:24)

So it is a question of our CHOICE as simple as that ... in our diverse situations & circumstances
we choose to worship Him. But we certainly would find it difficult bow down and worship His ways unless we have learnt to discipline our lives to worship Him (see post on Discipline of Worship in June 2006).

The practical suggestion ... start from the basic of a life of thanksgiving & praise; better still if you are able to offer sacrifice of Praise in adverse circumstances. There is a progression here ... outer-court (a life of thanksgiving), inner court (a life of Praise) before you are able to enter into the Holy of holies. The details are all in my earlier post.

Blessings
TPWC