Thursday, 25 November 2021
Title: …the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. (John 4:23b)
By Choong Yoon Tong

The heavenly Father is constantly seeking for faithful worshipers who would truly worship Him in spirit and in truth. Worship is to attribute to God who He is; to ascribe honour and pay homage to His worth. He alone is worthy of our worship in our praises and our deeds.

God desires and commands the believers to worship Him and Him alone. It is not an arrogant demand, neither does God thrive on praise offered by sinful souls. Rather, it is the natural response of grateful hearts that comprehend the infinite “worthship” of God. It is the greatest privilege afforded by the gracious Lord to unworthy creatures. The concession to approach the throne of grace, to be totally immersed in His glory, to marvel at His majesty and splendour, to ponder His works in history and praise Him for who He is and what He has done, is still doing and is going to do.

When we meditate on His vast array of attributes, it is a natural response for any human soul to praise His name unceasingly. O praise the Lord for His marvellous creation and works, His gift of salvation, love, grace, mercy and many more blessings. Praise the Lord, He is greatly to be praised!

Worshipping God not only ascribes blessing to God, we are also blessed in return. It draws us close to Him and enables us to know Him intimately. Our spirits are lifted up to a higher realm, leaving every weight and burden, just to be with the heavenly Father alone.

Worship is…
• To quicken the conscience by the holiness of God
• To feed the mind with the truth of God
• To purge the imagination by the beauty of God
• To open the heart to the love of God
• To devote the will to the purpose of God
(Paul Basden)

Prayer:

I will extol You, my God and King, and bless Your name forever and ever. Everyday I will bless You with my life and praise Your name with my lips. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, and Your greatness is unsearchable. Amen.

每日灵粮
2021年11月25日,星期四

题目:真正拜父的,要用心灵和诚实拜祂,因为父要这样的人拜祂

经文:约翰福音4: 23b
作者:钟荣堂执事
翻译:吴淑娉姐妹

天父一直在寻找忠心的、会以心灵和诚实敬拜祂的信徒,所谓"敬拜",是承认祂是神,将荣耀归与祂,向祂致敬,只有祂才值得我们以赞美和行为来敬拜。

上帝渴望,并且命令信徒敬拜祂,只敬拜祂一个,这不是傲慢的要求,上帝不会因我们这些有罪的灵魂的赞美而茁壮成长,相反,敬拜祂是体会上帝的无限之后所引起的自然反应,这是仁慈的主给予我们一一这些不配的受造物最大的特权,让我们可以接近施恩宝座,沉浸在祂的荣耀中,既为祂的庄严和壮丽而感到惊叹,更可以省思衪在历史上的作为;为祂所做的、正在做的、及将会做的赞美祂。

当我们默想祂的众多属性(attributes)时,任何人都会自然而然地、不停地赞美祂的名。哦!赞美主的奇妙创造和作为, 以及祂所赐的救恩、爱、恩典、怜悯及各种祝福。赞美主,祂该受极大的赞美!

敬拜上帝不仅是把祝福归与上帝,我们同时也得到祝福,敬拜祂令我们与祂更亲近、更亲密地认识祂,我们的的精神被提升到更高的境界,可以放下一切重担,与天父独处。

敬拜是:
借着上帝的圣洁,使我们的良心甦醒
用上帝的真理来喂养我们的心灵,
用上帝的美来净化想像力
向上帝的爱敞开心扉
将意志献给上帝,以实行祂的旨意(保罗.巴斯登)

祷告

我的上帝和君王,我要颂掦祢,永远颂扬祢的名。每天我都用我的生命祝福祢,用我的嘴唇赞美祢。主本为大,应受赞美,祢的伟大是何等难测!阿们。