Call to Worship – February 8 2015

We worship our God the Father of His people. In the Old Testament the Israelites were called the people of God. They were recognized as His children. They sang songs of praise to God for His sovereign ways and mighty works (Psalm 138). They praised Him whose lovingkindness is everlasting (Psalm 136). Yet, in the trials and struggles of life induced by sin and the sinful nature, the people often found themselves in trouble. Disobedience gave way to captivity by foreign pagan nations. During the captivity to Babylon their captors demanded them to sing songs of Zion (Psalm 137). The Psalmist asked the question, “How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” They no longer lived in the Promised Land and the temple was destroyed. Thankfully adoption granted them the right and privilege to sing unto God no matter the location. The remnant was truly regenerate, trusting in the Messiah to come, therefore no physical temple was needed to praise their heavenly Father. So as those adopted in the Christ, who came, we shall worship in praise and thanksgiving to our Father by the power of the Holy Spirit. Adoption grants the remnant from every generation the right to approach our heavenly Father in boldness with no fear of rejection. He will never leave us or forsake us because we are His children.