More thoughts from the book by A. W. Tozer, The Root ofthe Righteous.
At the end of the chapter titled “We Must Hear Worthily” this statement is made: “God will speak to the hearts of those who prepare themselves to hear; and conversely, those who do not so prepare themselves will hear nothing even through the Word of God is falling upon their outer ears every Sunday.” I am afraid to count the times that I have come to church expecting to hear God’s Word but not doing anything to prepare my heart for those truths. How much more would I know about God if my heart had been prepared?
Last night I attended a concert were a song was sung that was written for the purpose of helping us prepare our hearts and minds for a worship service or for hearing God’s Word. We introduced this song to ClearView last week. Here are the words to the first stanza:
Speak O Lord
Speak O Lord as we come to You
To receive the food of Your holy word
Take Your truth plant it deep in us
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith
Speak O Lord and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory
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“Almighty God…I have been thinking a lot about you this week. And as I have done so I have enjoyed Your presence. It is almost Sunday, and I look forward to that day when as a group of believers we meet together to worship. I am touched by Your presence daily and would not trade that for anything. I am so glad that You have set aside Sunday as a day when we come together to be encouraged. Lord help me to see You clearly and help me to encourage others to talk to You and listen to You as we worship.”