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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 05:59:28 -0700 (PDT)
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Straight to the Cross

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COLUMN: HANDS-ON FAITH

The Natural Response
 by Barry Newton

We watch their eyes light up. Their smiles widen.
Wrapping paper may fly into the air. Their excitement
spills over into eagerness to show and tell others.

We enjoy seeing children open presents. Perhaps this is
because we can witness genuine unbridled enthusiasm.

Similarly, we naturally will express joy whenever
someone richly blesses our lives. Furthermore, we are
naturally drawn closer to that person and will share
with others what they have done.

Not unsurprisingly, having described God's favor given
to those rallying beneath the banner of the Root of
Jesse, Isaiah 12 describes God's people breaking forth
in praise, song and thanksgiving to God while
proclaiming to others what God had done.

   "Surely God is my salvation; I will trust
   and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD is my
   strength and my song. … Give thanks to the
   LORD, call on his name; make known among the
   nations what he has done, and proclaim that
   his name is exalted. Sing to the LORD, for
   he has done glorious things; let this be
   known to all the world." (Isaiah 12:2,4,5
   NIV).

Both worship and proclamation belong on the lips of
God's people.

What does God see as He looks at His children?
Obviously, we have every reason to break forth in
heart-motivated worship because of what God has done
for us. Similarly, the love of Christ should compel us
to tell others the incredible story of Jesus.

So what does God see when He looks at us? Does God see
both genuine unbridled worship and proclamation
emanating from our hearts? That's what our Father would
like to see.

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