Sunday Message Summary, 15 March 2020
Ref Psalm 121:1-2 EXB
The world is reeling from the devastating pandemic that has been the cause of fear, anxiety and panic these days. It’s fitting in a time such as this to consider the apt words of the psalmist, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” The hills of Zion or the Temple located on them cannot offer help or relief of any sort. Help only comes from the LORD. He is the One we should look to and worship. Our hearts must be involved in the seeking and worship of GOD. None can seek or worship Him without heart involvement.
We can only connect with GOD through our heart, because He is Spirit. This is why He’s looking for those who’d worship Him in spirit and truth. We must, therefore, shun empty, dead religion of traditions and rites, types and ceremonies. Time of shadows is past, because Christ the substance has come. Trying to do good and obey various rules or commands is useless. Having faith in our pastors, churches and denominations – but GOD – is misplaced and unfortunate. In times of real danger these things cannot avail.
Do you know GOD personally, deeply and intimately? Do you know GOD for yourself? It’s a pragmatic question in a pragmatic world. The world, life and situations are all pragmatic. So we should all try to be pragmatic about our knowledge of GOD. We must not be of those who have mastered the drill, knowing the right things to say and do but have no experiential personal relationship with GOD. The LORD is courting us, He’s looking for a living relationship with us, His children. He wants us to know Him personally. If we claim to love GOD, then we’d know Him because love draws people closer. We wouldn’t possibly love Him from afar. Worship is not possible from afar because it’s intimate.
We must not be of those who know the right things to say and do, but have no experiential personal relationship with GOD