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Paul’s Praise! 1st Corinthians 1:3

08/11/2011

Paul offers Praise to our Heavenly father, and in doing so Christian praise is DEFINED!

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort

There must be NO AMBIGUITY in our worship! Paul is very specific here when he offers praise to God. He must be! One of the tactics of the false teachers has been to infiltrate the church with plausible language, and with pious sounding phrases. They probably spoke about God, and about knowing God and loving God and worshipping God. But which God? Paul makes it very clear indeed, just who it is he is praising. He excludes anyone, who does not believe that God is only approached by faith in the Saviour, the Lord Jesus, and through Him alone. And there must be no misunderstandings about that! Today, we must make it absolutely clear where we stand. Christ and Christ alone. He is not one of these false teachers, and his letter will bear that out.

There must be THEOLOGY in our worship! In his praise, Paul introduces some teaching about God. We can LEARN SOMETHING from the words that he uses to worship.

We learn that there is a relationship between the first and second persons of the Trinity. God is THE FATHER, and Jesus IS THE SON.
We learn that there is a relationship between the SON and HIS PEOPLE, his followers – for he is OUR LORD. He is also described as the Messiah (Christ).
And we learn something about the nature and attributes of God, for he is described here as the father of mercies and the God of Comfort! Col. 3:16.

So, like Paul, our praise that we utter to God must have a didactic content. And what it teaches us must be true! So, we have no right to sing meaningless banal lyrics when we praise God. Far less have we the right to sing hymns which contain false doctrine. Then:-

There must be APPLICATION in our worship! The attributes of God that Paul introduces here have a direct effect on those who love and follow and worship the Lord. The Christian seeks comfort in the Lord! And that is the practical application that flows out from Paul’s praise!

So, in this one little verse, we can learn how to come before the Lord to praise Him, quoting His Word, exalting His name, no ambiguity in our minds or our hearts, edifying other believers in our praise, because our worship is filled with sound teaching from the Scriptures, and practical help and encouragement for other believers! Paul writes, Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God

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