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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Worship Mourning

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart" (Psa.51:17).

My lesson yesterday at Northfield was all about looking forward to Sunday. The last two devotionals involved what we are supposed to get out of worship that included some deep emotions. In the 51st Psalm, King David is remorseful about his sin with Bathsheba. His humble prayer for forgiveness and cleansing is that of a contrite sinner. It is popular to look at worship today, even the Lord's Supper, as a celebration, with every aspect of it upbeat. There is, however, a great deal to mourn in worship. While celebrating God's grace to us at the cross, we might also express remorse that it was our sins that sent Jesus there. In today's verse, David declares that the sacrifices of God require "a broken and contrite heart..." I can't help but remembering the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. The Pharisee was "celebrating" his goodness and righteousness, while the tax collector stood at a distance and would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast... His worship consisted of this: "God, have mercy on me, a sinner" (Lk.18:9-13). Our sinful condition suggests that the proper attitude in God's presence ought to be deep humility. James called on us to "humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up..." (4:10). In worship, we are to humble ourselves before the Lord. Though worship is a celebration, we must remember what bought us together... When we do we'll be thankful for Jesus' sacrifice for us and be humbled...

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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