Worship as a
Lifestyle
TWO SONG SET

The typical song set in any church is five to seven songs. There's
nothing spiritually intrinsically good or bad about that amount.
The truth is that sometimes more than seven songs are sung
during a service, but seldom are there less than five songs sung
in church. I have been known to lead in only four songs, but I
want to draw your attention to a very famous song set that only
includes two songs. These songs are the greatest songs for
worship and yet you may have never heard them. They are found
in Revelation 15. The titles are “The Song Of Moses” and “The
Song Of The Lamb”. That's it. Two of the greatest songs for
worship that you won't hear in church this Sunday are the ones
that will be sung before the very presence of God.

“Great and marvellous are Your works, O Lord God, the
Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations!
Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone
are holy; For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND
WORSHIP BEFORE YOU, FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS
HAVE BEEN REVEALED” (Revelation 15:3,4).

I always hoped that one of my songs would be so powerful that it
would be sung in heaven. Funny how my pride would desire such
a thing when the greatest songs have already been written and
are waiting to be sung.

In actuality, this is one song with two titles. It is a most beautiful
song because it is about
who God is. God is the subject. Notice
the many references to Him. God's works, God’s ways, and
God’s worthiness make this the greatest worship song. No
wonder there were no other songs sung in this meeting. When
you sing of his
greatness, why do you need any other things to
sing about?

Also notice how often the word “Your” and “
You” are used. In a
day that is so self absorbed, it is telling that this worship song
does not include the word “I”. Incidentally, the first letter in
idolatry is “I”. Worship is about the Creator who had no
beginning and has no end. It's like the comparison between a lit
candle and the sun or a drop of water and the ocean. Worship is
about God and not about you or me.

The temptation is to focus on things that surround the throne like
the scene found in verse 2 but that would be missing the point.
The old phrase applies here: “That would be to miss the forest
for the trees”. God, the great and marvellous One, is the subject
of worship. He is the one who is so wonderful that He eclipses
everything else.

Have you ever worshipped with others and found yourself being
tempted to focus on the beauty of the lyrics, the beauty of the
music, or the gifts of the singers and musicians? You are not
alone. When something wonderful has happened, humanity has
quickly forgotten to worship the one and only God of
love. A case
in point is a healing that took place in Lystra. Acts 14 records the
miraculous healing of a lame man. Instead of the focus being on
God, people began to exalt Paul and Barnabas. To their credit,
they corrected people by saying, “You should turn from these
vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth
and the sea and all that is in them” (Acts 14:15). Sadly, the
people still wanted to worship them with sacrifices (Acts 14:18).

The most insidious trouble that we may face in any time of
worship with others is not a wrong note by a guitar player or a
song that is sung too fast. Our battle is to keep the focus of
worship where it aught to be - on God.

He is great, marvellous, the Almighty, righteous and true in all of
his ways. He is the King. He alone is holy and guess what. We
are not.

Whether it is a song set of  five, seven, or just two, worship of the
Creator is about who He is and absolutely nothing else.  
           
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