Archive for May, 2010

Hands

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 by billymlam

YFers – here’s a bulletin article which appeared at church last Sunday.  Just thought I’d repost it here for those who missed out.

Take a moment and have a look at your own hands. Whether rough or gentle, calloused or delicate, our hands – just as the rest of our bodies – were created to bring God glory. They are instruments of worship.

You may wonder why some people choose to lift their hands while singing to God.  Throughout the Bible, many references call on God’s people to outwardly express their praise, repentance, humility and dependance through lifting their hands. It is never rebuked by God, but is instead commended as an action. Here’s just a few:

» Psalm 28:2 – Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

» Psalm 63:4 – So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.

» Psalm 119:48 – I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.

» Psalm 134:2 – Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!

» Psalm 141:2 – Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

» Lamentations 3:41 – Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven…

Clapping is another outward expression by which we can praise God:

» Psalm 47:1 – Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

» Psalm 98:8 – Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together

This is definitely not a requirement for you to lift your hands or clap while you sing. Rather, it’s an encouragement for you to freely express your love for God in any way the Spirit compels you to. Our body language allows us to express praise and exhortation. If you feel the call or desire to do so, then go for it – whether it means standing, sitting, clapping, closing your eyes, lifting your hands, getting on your knees, even dancing.

At the end of the day, worship is ultimately to God and for God. As you focus on Him, dignity and pride pale into insignificance – just have a look at how King David let go of his dignity and danced before God with all his might in the joyous scenes in 2 Samuel 6!

It also gives cause for us to carefully consider what we do with our hands, for though it was made for worship, in rebellion we have often used it for sin. We need to plead with God and ask that He’ll grant us renewal and forgiveness.

May we freely worship Him from the very cores of our being.

Repost: Pebbles

Posted in Pebbles on May 16, 2010 by billymlam
It’s been a year since we’ve had time to make Pebbles, the YF magazine.  I thought that some of you new YF guys/girls may want to check it out!

PEBBLES

Access the full PDF here … but be patient – it’s a big PDF (maybe 3MB) so takes a while to load.  While it’s loading sometimes your screen looks frozen – wait for it!

What do you need to live?

Posted in Reflections on May 14, 2010 by iggz

Recently i’ve been doing my quiet times on the prophetic book of Amos in the Old Testament.  Today I came across a verse that really struck me and is something I’d like to share with you all..

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land– not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it. – Amos 8:11-12


These verses are talking about the coming “day of the Lord” for the nation of Israel – a time of judgement for their sins, punishment for their rebellion against God.  There will be a great famine, but not of the fleshly necessities of food and water – but of something even more vital for life.  There will be a famine for the word of God.
If we were asked the question “what do you need to live?” – what would our answer be?  The basic answers would be food, water and air.  Perhaps others would answer friends, family, relationships.  The rest of world seems to be telling us  it should be sex, money and power.  Are these the things we thirst for?  Are they the things that give eternal life?
A true famine would be a world without the word of God.  A world that had no way of knowing the gospel.  A world that didn’t know the saving grace that was shown to us in Jesus Christ on the Cross.  A world with no hope…
So how much do you value the word of God?   we should be giving thanks to our God constantly because we have it. No amount of food and water can ever nourish our souls like the gospel.  So let’s soldier on in our faith, knowing that it is the only thing we need to truly live.
Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,  holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain – Phil 2:14-16