Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Praising the Lord

This past weekend I had the privilege of hear Dr. Mark Coppenger speak at the annual Andrew Fuller Centre June lecture. He spoke about the Christian's relationship to the arts and the artistic community, an neglected theme among many evangelicals. I found the lectures refreshing and enlightening and he reminded me that God has been all of us gifts and abilities that we are to use for his glory. So often it seems that we focus on a specific set of gifts when it comes to doing the work God has entrusted to us. Preaching and teaching the Word of God are certainly very significant and we need to plead with God to give us more quality preachers of the gospel. But there are other gifts as well that should be utilized in carrying out the Great Commission.

All we need to do is look around us in the world. God is someone who loves variety and diversity. By using that latter word I am not encouraging theological diversity, but diversity of approach, talents and expression. Sometimes I think that we need to be more creative in our presentations of the good news. We have access to all sorts of tools that can help us in that regard, and we need to be more strategic in our approach to people. If the word of God seems boring it is our fault. There is nothing more wonderful than knowing and serving God even if we do not always communicate that to others. The Psalter ends with this exhortation: "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord" (150:6). We need to think about what this means for our daily lives and our corporate gatherings.

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