Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Why Worship is Political

1. In worship we declare Jesus to be the King of Kings. We say that Caesar must bow to Him. We say that Jesus rules right now, not the President or the Prime Minister or ever else may be sitting on the throne.

2. In worship, we offer prayers before the throne of God, as a body. We can pray anytime, but the corporate prayers of the saints have the ability to turn the hearts of kings. (See I Timothy 2:1-2) In worship we appeal to the one who holds the king's heart in his hands. (Proverbs 21:1)

3. In worship we come to hear and obey a law that is higher than our constitution. We declare that the Supreme Court or the UN does not have the final say in what is right or wrong. God's law is supreme.

4. In worship, we are reminded that in the end there will be only one city. There will not be Morgantown or Fairmont or West Virginia or the United States or Madagascar or Australia. In the end there will only be the Church, bought by the blood of Christ, sanctified by the Spirit, singing praise to the glory of the Father. (Revelation 5:9)

5. In worship, we are being prepared for and participating in that one final city, the heavenly city, where our citizenship lies. (Philippians 3:20) This is a city of song, fellowship, God's Word, water, bread and wine, and forgiveness of sins.

6. In worship, we are reminded that nations are converted not through fleshly power or coercion or swords, but through sacrifice. We are reminded that we are being saved because He died. If we want to be a witness then we too must learn to die. (Ephesians 5:1-2)

7. In worship, we sing the Psalms.  The Psalms are deeply political.  (Psalm 2, 45, 110, etc. )

There is more that could be said, but that is a good start.

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8