A long-time member of our church passed into heaven a few days ago. I never met him, but he was on the church’s weekly prayer list, so I had prayed for him enough to care about him.
At church this morning, our pastor reminded us that, as we worshiped in our sanctuary, so this man now worships in the direct presence of the Lord. His worship, however, no longer struggles against selfish pollution. He now adores the Lord completely, not looking for what Christ might do for him. I envy this man’s freedom from self and his consequent ability to focus all his attention on Jesus.
Jesus alone deserves the praise, both for what He did in shedding His blood to save us from the wrath we deserve and for the holy God He is. The hymn I’ve selected today highlights His worthiness of our praise and worship by extolling various aspects of His grandeur. We see this grandeur by faith, but the man from our church now experience it directly!