7 October 2014
'Corporate worship is meant to alarm you with the darkness and depth of your sin and enthrall you with the presence and glory of God's grace.'
- Paul Tripp
There is a contrast that happens as we gather together for corporate worship. As God reveals who He is, and we see Him in the light of His perfection, we see ourselves for who we really are - broken, and sinful. And like the prophet Isaiah we should be the ones declaring as we gather: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” [Is 6:5]. But at the same time, we can come with boldness and confidence not because of ourselves, but because of Jesus [Eph 3:12]. Let's be a people who allow ourselves and lead our people to be 'undone' in God's presence as we realize who He is, and who we are, but come joyfully and with thankful hearts knowing that we have been welcomed in to His presence only because of what He has done on our behalf.