Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Colossians 3:12-17 Worship is an Overflow of the Word

KEY TEXT: Col 3:16-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

KEY THOT: Worship of Christ flows out of the fullness of the word of Christ. We can’t separate word from worship, for our worship is only as rich as the word of Christ dwelling within our hearts. A heart that is empty of the word is also the heart that is empty of worship. If we have a problem with worship, the problem isn’t worship but the word. And when we are full of God’s word, our worship overflows with anointed teaching and admonishing through psalms (Scripture-based & lively), hymns (human-composed and artistic) and spiritual songs (Spirit-inspired and spontaneous). 

True worship must overflow out of the fullness of our study and keeping of God’s Word. However, Word-filled worship in and of itself can lead to dry worship. It needs to be balanced by Spirit-filled worship as spelt out in a parallel passage in Ephesians 5:18-19 where Paul focuses on the Spirit using the same expression of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs: “be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart”. So, true worship must be scriptural (word-based) and spontaneous (Spirit-filled). 

Liturgical worship flows out of a Scripture-based understanding of worship. However, celebrative worship flows out of a Spirit-based understanding of worship. We need both because the worship of God that overflows from our rich understanding of his majestic attributes must be energized by the Spirit to become awesome expressions of worship. So Jesus affirms this balance when He says, "God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."

If I find worship boring, empty and dry, it tells me that my heart is not full of the Spirit and Word of Christ. It is time to meditate on God's Word daily and seek His Spirit's anointing through obedience to His Word.

Father, we thank You for Your Word, for it is in Your Word that we find reasons and inspirations to offer worship that is Spirit-inspired and Spirit-filled. Amen. 

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