Moments in the life of a Pastor

Walking with God

17 The Witness of Worship

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Isaiah 12:1-5 – In that day you will sing: “I will praise you, O Lord! You were angry with me, but not anymore. Now you comfort me. 2 Surely God is my salvation I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” 3 With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation! 4 In that wonderful day you will sing: “Thank the Lord! Praise his name! Tell the nations what he has done. Let them know how mighty he is! 5 Sing to the Lord, for he has done wonderful things.     Make known his praise around the world.

Our worship is our witness to the world and Isaiah reminds us that we can praise God because He is our:

  • Salvation

Three times in verses, 1, 2 and 3 Isaiah references and reminds us of our salvation:

1 In that day you will sing: “I will praise you, O Lord! You were angry with me, but not anymore. Now you comfort me. 2 Surely God is my salvation. 3 With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation.

As Isaiah talks about salvation he starts with our sin and God’s righteous anger and the freedom that salvation brings. The result of salvation is that God’s anger is turned away from us and instead of condemnation we have comfort. In Psalm 103:8-12 King David helps us understand this, where he said: “The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. 9 He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. 10 He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. 11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. 12 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” Part of salvation is admitting the truth about ourselves and our sin. In Proverbs 20:9, King Solomon asked a wise question: “Who can say, ‘I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?” The truth is that no one can say that. In Romans 3 Paul said “There is none righteous, no, not one” Because of sin the Holy God has a right to be angry with all of us yet His anger was turned away because of the sacrifice of the savior. We are sinners, so Jesus suffered on the cross so that we could have salvation. Often we fail to worship because we get focused on the symptoms of sin that surround us instead of the security of our Salvation. Today we need to stop and saturate ourselves with the reality of our salvation and what Jesus really did for us on the cross. Isaiah said “With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation” because being saturated with our Salvation is the only thing that will satisfy.

  • Strength

Isaiah said that our Savior is the source of our strength. Today there are typically three places we turn when we look for strength and power: Money, Muscles and Minds.

Money, can you find strength in money? Not really, money may make life more manageable but money is not enough. Muscles, can you find your strength in your muscles? People power is puny and physical strength fades. Mind, can you find your strength in your mind? Even the sharpest mind falls short as we age it shrinks with disease, fatigue, and stress.

Pastor S.D. Gordon once told about an elderly Christian lady whose age began to take a terrible toll on her memory. She once knew much of the Bible by heart, but eventually only one part of one precious verse stayed with her. It was part of 2 Timothy 1:12, where Paul said: “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” As time went on, even that brief portion of Scripture began to slip away. In her last days as she hovered near death, her loved ones noticed her lips moving. They bent down to see if she needed anything. And they heard her saying over and over the one word she remembered from the Bible, “Him, Him, Him.” She had lost most of her mental abilities, but she never lost Him. She still had all the strength because she had Him her Savior and strength. Today like Isaiah will you trust in Him and not be afraid because the Lord God is your strength?

  • Song

Our Savior is our song and we need to praise Him in our prayers and praise Him to other people. The song of salvation is our witness of worship. The salvation and strength of our Savior is our song. Ponder with me these words by Pastor Shadrach Meshach Lockeridge from his famous six and a half minute description of Jesus Christ, known as “That’s my King!”

He’s God’s Son. He’s the sinner’s Savior; He’s the centerpiece of civilization. He supplies strength for the weak. . . He’s available for the tempted and the tried. He sympathizes and he sees. He guards and he guides…He’s the key to knowledge, He’s the wellspring of wisdom, He’s the doorway of deliverance, He’s the pathway of peace, He’s the roadway of righteousness, He’s the highway of holiness. He’s the gateway to glory. . . He’s the master of the mighty, He’s the captain of the conquerors, He’s the head of heroes, He’s the leader of the legislators, He’s the governor of the governors, He’s the Prince of princes, He’s the King of kings, He’s the Lord of lords.

Today are you singing the song of your salvation? Is your worship a witness to the world?

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