Monday, April 30, 2018

Those Who Have Been Forgiven Much, Worship Much


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Worship at Redeemer
This morning I read the story of the prostitute who anointed and kissed the feet of Jesus. It happened at the home of a Pharisee named Simon. And it made me think of the worship yesterday morning at Redeemer


As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.


This troubles Simon. He chastises Jesus for allowing her to do this. Jesus responds, saying "Simon, I have something to tell you."


“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”


Some of us on the worship team were touched yesterday. I looked out on our people, my friends. A few were crying. Hands and hearts were open. How beautiful it was! 

Why? Because whoever has been forgiven much, worships much. But whoever has been forgiven little, worships little. True worship is in direct proportion to one's experience of forgiveness. Were Simon the Pharisee at Redeemer yesterday he would have been troubled by what he saw.

During worship I often think of how much I know I have been forgiven of. I also think of the unknown I have been forgiven of. This moves me to tell God how much I love him, to say how thankful I am, and to worship him.

To worship.

προσκυνέω,v  \{pros-koo-neh'-o}
1) to kiss the hand to (towards) one, in token of reverence  2) among the Orientals, esp. the Persians, to fall upon the knees and  touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound  reverence  3) in the NT by kneeling or prostration to do homage (to one) or make  obeisance, whether in order to express respect or to make supplication  3a) used of homage shown to men and beings of superior rank  3a1) to the Jewish high priests  3a2) to God  3a3) to Christ  3a4) to heavenly beings  3a5) to demons

To kiss.

Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

To realize this is the beginning of worship.


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I'm working on #s 3 and 4 - hopefully out in 2019:

How God Changes the Human Heart (A Phenomenology of Spiritual Transformation)

Technology and Spiritual Formation

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Strategic Portraits: People and Movements that Shaped Evangelical Worship, by Robert Myers