Please enjoy this exhortation from Mr. Charles Davis as he fills our pulpit and pastor Paul enjoys a week off.
At this point in our Malachi we might wonder if there are any faithful people. Has the Lord forgotten His people? Has the Lord failed to keep a remnant for himself? The Lord gives the assurance that the upside is that the Lord remembers His promise. So, what is the peace of knowing that God remembers His justice?
The Lord calls His people to worship Him. This is something that we understand and assume in Christian worship, but why would we invoke or call upon the name of our God? If we know that we are worshipping Him anyway it seems that we are going to do the right thing no matter what. So, what is the significance of this invocation?
The Lord gives His greeting to the Corinthian church through the Apostle Paul. We might think that this is standard, but what does this greeting tell us about our worship today? What does this greeting tell us about the Christian church today? What can this greeting teach us about our Worship?
The Lord is the one who watches over His people, but his people have not returned the favor. Their passion, their love, and their conviction have grown soft towards the Lord. So, how is the Lord going to deal with this? Will the Lord give his people what they deserve?
The Lord commands people to worship him. Why does God need his creatures to worship him? He is a God who is complete in himself so why does he give such a command? What do we know about God that makes it a joy to worship Him? Why will His people want to worship Him?
The people have failed to love the Lord as they are called to love the Lord. They are a people who have not been faithful and they are contrasted to the Lord who is faithful. How faithful is the Lord? How does the Lord show His faithfulness?
Sometimes we can think that worship is merely rote or just part of our routine. We can think this sometimes because worship seems too orderly. Do we have a Biblical basis for an orderly worship service?
The people of God want to know why the Lord does not seem to love them. In their mind they have not really done anything wrong and so they want proof to show that they have been faithless. So far the issue has been with the priest, but what about the people? What is the Lord going to present to establish his people are faithless?
The Lord calls us to worship and to make the Lord our focal place. When we are called to worship as a people what is the basis of the Lord calling us to worship? How are we called out of the world to Worship our God and our King?