Meditating on worship, from Sunday to Sunday, often words of precious old hymns, from our song books come to mind. One is number 666, “I am Thine, O Lord.” Stop for a moment, and notice the beautiful words.
I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith,
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thous hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To Thy precious bleeding side.
What is Worship: Is it not recognizing that I no longer belong to self, but to God! First, He created me, then redeemed me, brought me back, when I became enslaved in sin. As another songs says, “I am mine nor more!”
This means a couple of things, First, having been rescued, it should be my earnest desire and constant pursuit to draw closer to God, every day. If He can deliver me from sin, then think of all the other trifling problems of like He can also deliver me from.There is no better place to be than near to my Savior.
Second, the purpose of the life is now to please the one who rescued me. Verse 2 of the songs says,
Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord
By the pow’r of grace divine.
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope
And my will be lost in Thine.
Letting my will melt away until God’s will is accomplished in me; now that’s true worship! Monty