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LIBERTY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY

THINGS TO REMEMBER 1

A PAPER IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CLASS BIBICAL FOUNDATIONS OF WORSHIP WRSP 510

BY NATHANIEL JONES LANGSTON, OK NOVEMBER 10, 2013

I've always been really intrigued by the account of creation. I mean, really. It mesmerizes me. But I have left it in a nice little box called "Creation". As I begin this book, the author states, "As God began to present the plot of his eternal story in the first book of the Bible, a strategy called revelation was unveiled: God initiated the task revealing Himself through Creation. He gave an eyewitness account of the event of the ages and opened the windows of heaven to reveal His glory, character, love, and wisdom so that we can know Him. Why? Our instinctive response in knowing God personally is worship. And worship is His strategic plan for all creation."1

Worship Principles: The wonder of God demands our worship of Him. God is God, Supreme, He was not created. He was the cause, we, the effect. He wills and dwells where He chooses and He chose to dwell with man. Our response: worship. The work of God demands our Worship of Him. His work in Creation in beyond our comprehension. It's His work. He said, "let there be light," bringing the universe from darkness to illumination. His redemptive plan does the same for us. From darkness to light. His work. Unmerited favor. The wisdom of God demands our worship of Him. Every leaf on a tree, petal on a flower, every caterpillar that turns to a butterfly...Sovereign Wisdom. Yet these creationss end is to magnify its Creator. Only humanity's end is to dwell with our Creator and be His children. When you "get" this, you'll praise Him.

The wishes of God demand our worship of Him. "Let Us make man (Gen. 1:26) But Why? Because He wanted to. "The whole import and substance of the Bible teaches us that the God who does not need any thing nevertheless desires the adoration and worship of His created children." A.W. Tozer

My thoughts in summary: the church (Christians) may have never been so caught up in "Worship Wars" then we are today. Never have we been so divided that ministers now seek to divide the body to ensure that everyone's flesh preference is met. Genesis 1:2 tells us that God's Spirit was moving over the water. The earth was formless and void, God was moving. God was in motion. Even in the darkness, God was making His presence known. While we cannot see God's Spirit, we can sense His presence. And just as His Spirit moved across the waters, I rest worshipfully that He is moving and carrying out His plan. He's NOT waiting for us to get it right, AMEN! He moves, He reveals, He stirs, and He is God. And me, well I'm...His Worshipper.

REFERENCE:
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Whaley, V.M. Called to Worship: The Biblical Foundations of our Response to Gods Call. Nashville:

Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2013. 223