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Worshippers: Sing the Story!

Posted By Silas Sproul, Director of Worship On Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Here at RiverLakes, we believe in singing the story that God has written us into. We are meant to sing. In fact, our fervent worship ought to be something that causes the unbeliever to want to investigate the reality of who God is (1 Corinthians 14:22-25)! When we sing, we are telling the story of the Gospel at work; we are telling each other of God’s worthiness to be praised; we are singing to our Heavenly Father because of who He is and all He has done. 

When we sing, we should tell the FULL story.

Isaiah 6:1-8 gives us the liturgical structure that we employ in our weekly services:

Isaiah's Vision of the Lord

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory!”

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

Isaiah's Commission from the Lord

 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

From this passage we draw the following five movements:

  1. Call to Worship: The worship leader calls God’s people to worship – reminding them that God is seated on the Heavenly throne and He is ever worthy of our praise.
  2. Adoration, Praise, and Thanksgiving: It is foundational to biblical Worship that the Worship Leader and Preacher bring doctrinally rich truths to light in order to fuel our praise and adoration of God.
  3. Confession: There is a stark contrast between the perfection of God and the brokenness of man. The worship leader is the lead confessor, allowing time for confession in times of corporate Worship.
  4. Assurance: We must be reminded that the cross was not merely an event that happened two thousand years ago; it is the means of our salvation and the assurance of our freedom. Through songs, prayer, readings, and other selected means, we are reminded that we are not left in our sins! Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we have been forgiven and our guilt is taken away. 
  5. Send: We must be reminded that we have been saved, equipped, and commissioned to go out and make disciples of all nations. 

We should be in the habit of training ourselves to sing together on Sunday the story of our redemption for the edification of the redeemed, the glory of God, and witness to the lost. 

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