BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2019.
TEXT: PSALM 138: 4-5
KEY VERSE: Psalm 119: 7 “I will praise Thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned Thy righteous judgments.”
More time should be spent in preaching and teaching God's word than in singing songs of praise and worship in the worship assembly. Many Christians today devote much time to audio and video music and little or no time to recorded messages. Those who do so are weak in the faith or are not Christians at all in the real sense.
Every believer and Christian church must devote more time to preaching and teaching of God's word than to singing. The psalmists exalt the place of preaching and teaching of God's word above
singing songs of praise and worship.
The reasons are obvious
(I) The sinner cannot praise and worship God acceptably, except he is born again and is living the righteous life. Hence in a congregation where sinners come to know the Lord, more time should be spent in the ministry of the word than in songs.
(II) The ministry of the word sanctifies or purifies the heart of the believers, so they can praise God more perfectly. More time should be given to the preaching and teaching of God's word to make the believers clean and holy. John 15:3.
(III) The ministry of the word opens the believers' hearts to the deep things of God and fills them with wonder and amazement at His existence, wisdom, power and works. This gives them inward motivation to praise and worship God. Psalm 119:18.
(IV) The ministry of the word gives understanding and enables the worshipers to praise and worship God with understanding. Psalm 119:7.
(V) The presence of His word in our heart and the knowledge of Himself and of His works supply the information for the believer's sweet meditation, which gladdens the heart and overflows to His praise and worship.
(VI)The ministry of the word makes the worshipers know what to do and what not to do to offer acceptable praise and worship to the Lord.
(VII) The believer's entry into heaven is not dependent on much singing while on earth, but on full obedience to the word of God.
Thought for the day:
More time should be spent in preaching and teaching God's word than in singing songs
Song for the day:
Something more than gold, something more than silver, the word of God.
Bible Reading for the day:
Jeremiah 49-50; Hebrews 5
PASTOR PAUL RIKA