Gathered to Sing

December 9, 2018 Speaker: Rick Gamache Series: A Sermon Series on Worship

Verse: Ephesians 5:18–5:20

Singing is our way of saying this: The glory of God that I see in the face of Jesus and the joy and satisfaction and delight that I experience as I behold the glory of Christ is so great and so intense and so deep and so majestic and so profound that merely talking about it is not sufficient. The depth of our feelings, our affections, our emotions for the glory of Christ demand songs. Reciting sonnets isn’t enough. We must sing.

When God increases our capacity to contain more of his Spirit, what he’s doing is allowing the Spirit to come on us in greater measure and reveal more of the glories of Christ. And when we behold more of the glory of Christ, our hearts burn with the heat and power of intense and profound feeling and emotion and affection for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And the only choice we have in response is to sing!
Worship is when we drink from the Fountain of Living Water, which is Christ himself, and find our thirst quenched and find our soul satisfied and find drinking the water to be the most pleasurable experience imaginable. That’s worship.
  • We raise our hands to God when we sing as a physical expression of the dependence and gratitude and expectation and reverence and joy we feel in Christ. 
  • We clap and applaud as an expression of God’s greatness and our excitement at being his own children. 
  • We bow down because our hearts are filled with awe and reverence that the holy God who holds the universe together by his powerful word has set his love on us.
  • We jump and shout and dance for the joy we feel because we have been snatched by God from the wide road leading to eternal destruction and placed on the narrow road leading to eternal life and joy.

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