of the covenant promises that our holy and loving God has given his people.
Worship is central to Godís covenant because it is the primary arena in which
we come to learn more about His exceedingly great and precious promises. As
we sing to God, we are reminded of what He has done for us in Jesus Christ. As
we pray, we are led to claim promises in ways that give us greater confidence
in the Lord. Listening to the Word of God proclaimed, our understanding of
Godís promises grows, and we become more convinced that He is able to do all that
He has declared. And in responding to His Word we set our hearts anew on a
course of claiming Godís promises and living within His covenant. At the end of
worship we feel refreshed, renewed, and ready to go forth and live for God
according to the truth of His Word and the glorious prospect of His exceedingly
great and precious promises.
óT. M. Moore, I WILL BE YOUR GOD: HOW GODíS COVENANT ENRICHES OUR LIVES.
(Phillipsburg, New Jersey: R&R; Publishing Co., 2002), p. 104. ISBN 087552558X
[If youíd like some challenge and encouragement from Godís word, go to
www.gospelcom.net and do a search in the NIV for the word "covenant." No doubt about
itóour God is a covenant-making God.]
Have a great week.
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary