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Partner Letter August

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Dear Partner

Jesus was having a conversation with a woman at a well in Samaria. After a brief interaction, she noted that she perceived Him to be a prophet, which led her to ask where was the correct place to worship God. Jesus responded that the physical location did not matter but said in John 4:23-24,

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

We recognise from this that our worship is far more than a ritual that we carry out in a specific place. We never have to be restricted in our worship of our Father. His desire is that we worship Him from our hearts; in spirit and in truth. It is about our attitude rather than a religious ritual.

It is interesting to note that when Abraham was taking his son, Isaac to be offered as a burnt sacrifice on Mount Moriah that he told the helpers with him in Genesis 22:5,

And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”

One of the things to take note of is that there were no musical instruments and no choir. So, what was Abraham referring to? Worship, in its essence, is being obedient to God and His instructions.

What makes our singing worship? It is not that singing is called worship, but that worship is a response to God’s desire to be acknowledged and following His instructions as to how He prefers our singing. We are given insight into this in Psalm 100,

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! 2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. 3 Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

The way into God’s manifested presence is through singing. In fact, the Word tells us in Psalms 22:3

But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.

How are we to praise Him? Again, God lets us know in Psalms 150,

Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! 3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! 4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

To summarise…if it makes a noise, use it to praise God. God enjoys it when we let Him know how much He means to us.

It is amazing to see how many people will scream and shout, jump up and down and cheer when their favourite sport team does well on a field. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that. However, Jesus has done SO MUCH MORE than any sport team has ever done for us!

He conquered sin and death so that we could have life. He made the ULTIMATE sacrifice so that we get to enjoy being in the presence of our Heavenly Father now and for eternity. Now that deserves a shout of praise!!

When you sow your seed this month, let it be a declaration of praise. Say out loud, “This is my sacrifice of praise to You, my God. You have been so good to us! You are great and I praise You according to Your excellent greatness.”

We love you dearly and pray for you every day.

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