Everywhere Worship for Everywhere Grace

Worship need not be confined to our private devotions and our corporate worship. Yes, these are the times when we should expect to see the character of the Lord and bow before Him with joyful and reverent praise. However, we can see traces of the Lord’s character and beauty in all of His creation, and especially in the apex of His creation, humanity.

When we see beauty, even if it is on the easel of an unbelieving artist, in the writing of an unconverted novelist, or in the face of a supermodel, we trace it to the Beautiful One and worship Him.

When we see power, even when exercised by a non-Christian President, even when bursting out of the biceps of an atheist weightlifter, even when in the legs of a leopard, we trace it to the Powerful One and worship Him.

When we see wisdom, even when it’s displayed by a secular journalist, or a Muslim neighbor, or an unbelieving lecturer, we trace it to the Wise One and worship Him.

When we see love, even in imperfect relationships, in our unbelieving children, or in the patriotic soldier sacrificing His life for his friends, we trace it to the One who is Love and worship Him.

When we see loyalty, even in a 25-year employee, even in the patriotism of the French, even in that of a dog to His master, we trace it to the covenant faithfulness and unbreakable loyalty of the Faithful and Loyal One and worship Him.

When we see patience, even in most of the drivers stuck in the same snarl-up, in the irreligious nurse, or in the Home Depot employee as he deals with our stupid questions, we trace it to the One who is powerfully patient and worship Him.

When we see mercy or truthfulness, or whatever other virtue, wherever we see it, we use it to rise up to its ultimate source and worship Him.

The temptation is to take it for granted, or overlook or take no notice of it, or even to attribute it to the person rather than to God. But that’s not what the Psalmist did. He deliberately opened His eyes and sought out evidences of God’s common (or “everywhere”) grace and wherever He found it – in fields, in the sky, in the seasons, in the animals, in people, and even in military victories – He turned that everywhere grace to God’s everywhere glory in celebratory praises and humble worship (Psalm 65:5-13; 104:13-24; 145:9, 15, 16; esp look at the chorus in Psalm 136).

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Last week Tim Challies and I announced that we will be taking a course together and that we would love for you (yes you!) to take it with us. As we take the course, led by Dr. R.C. Sproul, we will be recording weekly podcasts to discuss what we have been learning and to answer some of the questions that students ask of us.

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Lessons from the life of Eric Liddell
Lesson #2: Determination is not contrary to the Gospel of Grace.

What someone needs to say
Kevin DeYoung: “The next time—and there will be a next time—some famous Christian is pilloried in the press for maybe, possibly, at some point now or in the past holding to the traditional view of marriage, I hope he (or she) will come up to the microphone and say something like this…”

The most offensive verse in the Bible
Dan Philips pulls Pyromaniacs out of their mourning the loss of Phil with a classic post.

Minding our own reproductive business
I’ve certainly been asked the “Was it a surprise?” question innumerable times in the past few months. My best answer so far? “Not to God.”

The Christian Leader in the Digital Age
Al Mohler: “Christians – and Christian leaders in particular – should be taking advantage of blogs, social media, and every available platform for communicating our message. We should be exercising stewardship in new opportunities to learn, teach, and study online, recognizing that no generation before us had such rich opportunities.”

Ligonier National Conference Audio and Video
Without doubt, the best conference I’ve ever attended.

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It takes a B.A. to find a job as a file clerk
All the more reason to start your own business.

The lesson you never got taught in school: How to learn!
Bit late for me, but hopefully might spare some of you unnecessary suffering. Of course, not everyone’s learning style is the same; I’m a highlighter and mnemonic guy.

Respect yourself and take back control of your calendar
Four ways to avoid being overbooked. And along similar lines from Harvard Business Review, Stop being a People Pleaser.

Survey: Spiritual Maturity Comes Through Intentionality
In some ways, it’s a pity we need a survey to tell us that “Christians on the path to spiritual maturity have a habit of seeking God through prayer and worship—not just in church but also as a part of their daily life as a way to please and honor God.”

A Social Media Heartcheck
“Social media gives us some very helpful opportunities and abilities, but it is also a powerful reflector of what is going on in the heart. Don’t run away from the opportunity to probe a little bit!”

Digital Stress and Your Brain [Infographic] Another one to share with your kids.

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How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
Heart-warming video of retired pastor Derek Prime telling a congregation what God is still teaching him in his 82nd year.

My Top 5 Books on Mental Illness
Good to see Matthew Stanford’s book on this list.

5 Love Languages of Pastors
Top 5 ways to express your love for your pastor.

Why Clarence Thomas Uses Simple Words in his Opinions
Preachers take note of Thomas’ words: “The beauty, the genius is not to write a 5 cent idea in a ten dollar sentence. It’s to put a ten dollar idea in a 5 cent sentence. ”

Old School Counseling, Part I
Adam Embry extracts counseling lessons from the Puritans.

7 Things Pastors should Teach those in the Workplace
“As a pastor seeks to teach biblically about marketplace dynamics, it is helpful for him to deepen his empathy and broaden his understanding of the vocations represented in his congregation.”