I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 9:1-5 ESV)
Our definition of worship for 2012 is from musician and worship leader, Bob Kauflin: “Christian worship is the response of God’s covenant people to His self-revelation that exalts God’s glory in Christ in our minds, affections, and wills, in the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Part of the response of God’s covenant people in worship is an understanding of just how they came to be called God’s covenant people. God gives us those details in His self-revelation called the Bible. You are wired for worship. You and I are constantly worshipping. We worship other people’s approval, status, bigger, better, newer, more. We worship things like cars and houses and gadgets and clothes and carpet and kitchens and furniture and things…Just because all the wiring is there, it doesn’t mean that the right things happen when we flip the switch. That is Paul’s dilemma in Romans 9. He is deeply sorrowful over the Israelite rejection of the gospel because they have the best wiring ever! They have the adoption, glory, covenants, law, worship, promises, patriarchs and Jesus himself! They should be brightly burning in worship, but while all the wiring is there, they are still in the darkness of unbelief.
This week we will take a look at three parts of Israel’s worship wiring and see why they should have exalted Christ. Then we will look at how God has wired you and I and why we should be exalting Christ as well. I pray this study is a benefit and joy to you in your walk with Christ this week.