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God be merciful to us and bless us and cause His face to shine upon us. Selah. That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations on earth. Selah. Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him (Psalm 67:1—7).
There is much to think about in worship, and David prompts thinking with the Hebrew word Selah. Selah ordered readers to think about what they had just read and sung. Psalms 67 leads us to think about how God has designed our worship as a witness to the nations (those outside grace). There is an evangelistic function to our worship. Jesus’ ministry had such a function. Mark records that “the common people heard Him gladly” (Mark 12:37, NKJV) and “The large crowd listened to him with delight” (Mark 12:37, NIV).
For worship to reach this biblical standard, it must witness to those outside God’s grace, communicate to the common crowd, and prompt the greatest celebration possible, or as John Bisagno wrote, “Let me tell you what drives my philosophy of worship: ‘You can’t hatch eggs in a refrigerator.’”
We worship so that we may bless God and reach people. We do not worship to entertain, to impress a music school, or to experience liver shivers. We worship to bless God and to reach the common crowd, and God experiences blessing when our worship introduces the common crowd to salvation. Psalms 67 offers worship so that “all the peoples” can praise God. Jesus said, “There is more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:7).
This is one of many reasons I am thrilled Chris Orr has agreed to come on board at Beech Haven. His ability to read a crowd, to connect with others, and to offer his talents for God’s glory are a great fit for Beech Haven’s future. Chris will start Easter, April 21. He, Marla, Abigail, and Whitley will need your prayers and friendship as they transition. Spend some extra time in prayer for them each day.
Under Chris’s leadership, Beech Haven will give the greatest glory to God in order to reach the greatest number of people in Northeast Georgia.
I Stand Amazed,