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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Psalm 23 – Part 2

Just a few weeks ago, I concluded a 2-part sermon on this great psalm. I suggested to you that one major theme is the Lord’s ruling and reigning over each aspect of our lives, governing us by His manifold personality. The Psalmist affirms that we are spirit, soul, and body and thus in need of physical, psychological, and spiritual health. The best source for that health and help is our Great Shepherd. He provides for us, leads us on a righteous path, He fellowships with us, offering His presence and protection, and a host of other blessings. But as is often the case, the promises come with a condition. In this case we ask, is He ruling and reigning? Is He governing? My heart’s cry is that He is!
I thank you for the honor of serving the Lord with you here at FBC!

Soli Deo Gloria!

                        From the Heart of Pastor Keith                        

What If We Couldn’t Even Get in the Building?
What would you do if you came to church this Sunday and you couldn’t get into the building? You drive up and find everyone else standing around outside. The keys don’t work. The doors won’t open. Nobody can get in. We can’t get to the instruments, microphones video projectors or sound system. The preacher can’t go to the platform to preach (Insert your own joke here.) The ushers and greeters and nursery workers are stuck out here with the rest of us, no cribs, toys, snacks or diapers. Imagine having no bulletins, offering envelopes or registration forms, no chairs, or coffee pots or air conditioning. What would we do?
Is it possible to worship God without all of these things we’ve come to consider essential? Could we manage  to glorify Him if we couldn’t get into the building? Don’t laugh. It’s not that preposterous an idea. It has happened before.
The people of Israel went to church one day and couldn’t get in. They showed up at the temple to offer praise to God, but when they got there, they found the priests were just standing around outside. Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for    the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God. (2 Chronicles 5:13-14) Can you imagine? You come to   church like every other Sunday and discover someone has taken your seat – and mine and everyone else’s.  God has so filled the building nobody else can get in. What would you think if you came to church and found the glory of God so personal and powerful and present?
Whatever else might be part of our response, wouldn’t it be a wonderful reminder that worship is NOT about any of these things we so closely associate with it? Worship is about personally glorifying God. Wouldn’t it finally dawn on us that we don’t really need any of the props and supports we’ve come to consider   indispensable to worship? We don’t even need to follow a certain order of service. If God is there and we are there and we offer Him praise and devotion from loving, grateful hearts, what else matters?
Come to worship praying for God’s glory to fill the place where we gather. Bring your love and expressions of praise from a full heart. It’s what I pray will happen every week. And I gladly tell Him He can have my seat even if I have to stand outside.