|Where Are the Prophets?|
The Story: God had given to Israel proper forms for worship and His holy Law to preach and teach. As we saw in Psalm 50, much of the former was still in place, but the preaching of the Word was roundly ignored by a congregation given to hypocrisy and religion without heart. Truly, the enemy of Israel’s soul was laughing and taunting the nation, and making a mockery of the things of God. Asaph wonders aloud how long God will allow this to continue. He calls upon the Lord to act, to remove those who are leading the nation astray so that true worship and sound instruction can once again flourish.
The Structure: “Thus saith the Lord” is a refrain scarcely heard in churches today. We prefer to bend our teaching and preaching, such as it is, to the felt needs of shallow people; and we have allowed the ancient forms and elements of worship to be set aside for entertainment and feel-good worship. The churches in the land are in desperate need of revival. Only God can bring this about, but He does so in His way and time. The people of God who share Asaph’s concern must, like this prophet, give themselves to seeking the Lord for revival. God can change the hearts of even the most hardened; He can change the hearts of church leaders who have thrown off the glorious heritage of worship and doctrine, passed down from our forebears, and exchanged their birthright for a mess of pop culture. But the people of God must recognize our sorry condition and begin to seek the Lord in prayer.Does your church seem to be aware of a need for revival? What would revival look like if it broke out in your congregation this week?
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