Presentation on theme: "The most obvious fact about praisewhether of God or anythingstrangely escaped me...I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into."— Presentation transcript:
The most obvious fact about praisewhether of God or anythingstrangely escaped me...I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise…lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside…
21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
25...they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.
Spiritual mindedness grows from and consists of being delighted by spiritual things: what we love is what captures us. The great contest of heaven and earth is to see which of them can most draw out our love.
Whoever has our love has the whole of us; love causes us to give ourselves away, as nothing else can. Our love is like the rudder of a ship- where it is turned, there the ship goes.
So I want to suggest that you think about ways that will help you direct your love away from the world and towards God.
16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Nothing makes God more supreme and more central in worship than when a people are utterly persuaded that nothingnot money or prestige or leisure or family or job or health or sports or toys or friendsnothing is going to bring satisfaction to their sinful, guilty, aching hearts besides God.
This conviction breeds a people who go hard after God on Sunday morning. They are not confused about why they are in a worship service. They do not view songs and prayers or sermons as mere traditions or mere duties. They see them as a means of getting to God or God getting to them for more of his fullness...