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Fragrance of Worship 5/272018




By this time a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation
were hanging around Jesus, listening intently.
The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased,
not at all pleased.
They growled, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them,
treating them like old friends.”
Their grumbling triggered this story.
Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one.
Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness
and go after the lost one until you found it?
When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing,
and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying,
‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’
Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over
one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.
Luke 15:1-7

“When the night is bad and my nerves are shattered
and the waves break over the sides, Infinity speaks.
God Almighty shares through His Son
the depth of His feelings for me,
His love flashes into my soul,
and I am overtaken by mystery.
These are moments of the decisive in-break of God’s fury into my personal life’s story.
“It is then I face a momentous decision. Shivering in the rags of my seventy-four years,
I have two choices. I can escape below into skepticism
and intellectualism, hanging on for dear life.
Or, with radical amazement, I can stay on deck and
boldly stand in surrendered faith
to the truth of my belovedness,
caught up in the reckless raging fury
that they call the love of God.
And learn to pray”
Brennan Manning,
The Furious Love of God (pp. 130-131).







Sing joyful songs to the Lord!
    Praise the mighty rock
    where we are safe.
Come to worship him
with thankful hearts
    and songs of praise.
The Lord is the greatest God,
    king over all other gods.
Psalm 95:1-4

Then I looked and saw a Lamb standing in the center of the throne
that was surrounded by the four living creatures and the elders.
The Lamb looked as if it had once been killed.
The Lamb went over and took the scroll
from the right hand of the one who sat on the throne.
After he had taken it, the four living creatures and
the twenty-four elders knelt down before him.
Then they sang a new song:
You are worthy
    to receive the scroll
and open its seals,
    because you were killed.
And with your own blood
    you bought for God
people from every tribe,
    language, nation, and race.
Revelation 5:6-10







So I looked, and there was a Lamb, slaughtered but standing tall. He came to the One Seated on the Throne and took the scroll from his right hand. The moment he took the scroll, [the heavenly hosts] fell down and worshiped the Lamb.  And they sang a new song:

Worthy! Take the scroll, open its seals.
Slain! Paying in blood, you bought men and women,
Bought them back from all over the earth,
Bought them back for God.

I looked again. I heard a company of Angels around the Throne, ten thousand times ten thousand their number, thousand after thousand after thousand in full song:

The slain Lamb is worthy!
Take the power, the wealth, the wisdom, the strength!
Take the honor, the glory, the blessing!

Then I heard every creature in Heaven and earth, in underworld and sea, join in, all voices in all places, singing:

To the One on the Throne! To the Lamb!
The blessing, the honor, the glory, the strength,
For age after age after age.
Revelation 5:8-14






You who serve God, praise God!
    Just to speak his name is praise!
Just to remember God is a blessing—
    now and tomorrow and always.
From east to west, from dawn to dusk,
    keep lifting all your praises to God!
Psalm 103:1-3

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
    they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty.
They tell of the power of your awesome works.
They celebrate your abundant goodness.
   The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love.he Lord is good to all;
    he has compassion on all he has made.
Psalm 145:1-9

 That day the Spirit led Simeon to the Temple.
So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord,

Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,

Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace,

    as you have promised. I have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared for all people.
Luke 2:27-31






Lord, I passionately love you and I’m bonded to you!
    I want to embrace you, for now you’ve become my power!
You’re as real to me as bedrock beneath my feet,
    like a castle on a cliff, my forever firm fortress,
    my mountain of hiding, my pathway of escape,
    my tower of rescue where none can reach me.
    My secret strength and shield around me,
    you are salvation’s ray of brightness shining on the hillside,
    always the champion of my cause.
All I need to do is to call to you,
    singing to you, the praiseworthy God.
    When I do, I’m safe and sound in you.
Psalm 18:1-3
Light of the World
You stepped down into darkness
Open my eyes
Let me see
Beauty that made
This heart adore You
Hope of a life
Spent with You
Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
You’re altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me
King of all days
Oh, so highly exalted
Glorious in Heaven above
Humbly You came
To the earth You created
All for love’s sake became poor
I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
I’ll never