August, 2010

Reflections on Repentance and Joy

God’s kindness leads you toward repentance.

– Romans 2:4b (NIV)

When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said, ‘Repent,’ he called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.

– Martin Luther

When we have understood, trusted, and received the freeing grace of repentance, rejoicing fills our hearts.  Without this joy that is our strength, the new obedience that should be the fruit of true repentance is impossible. … Knowing his pardon, we delight to serve him with a childlike love and a willing mind.  Repentance renews our joy.

– Bryan Chapell

President, Covenant Theological Seminary

When men neglect the offer of salvation and freeze in sin, this delights the devils, but when a soul is brought home to Christ by repentance this makes joy among the angels.

– Thomas Watson

Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

– Luke 15:10

Reflections on Delight in Worship

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

– Revelation 5:13

“Worship is the proper response of all moral, sentient beings to God, ascribing all honor and worth to their Creator-God precisely because he is worthy, delightfully so.”

– D. A. Carson

“True worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine.  Strong affections for God rooted in truth are the bone and marrow of biblical worship.”

– John Piper

“What ought to make worship delightful to us is not, in the first instance, its novelty or its aesthetic beauty, but its object: God himself is delightfully wonderful, and we learn to delight in him. … You cannot find excellent corporate worship until you stop trying to find excellent corporate worship and pursue God himself.”

– D. A. Carson

“God is spirit, and those who worship him must

worship him in spirit and in truth.”

– Jesus, John 4:24