Fire Fall Down

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I've taken to analyzing the worship music we sing at church - not criticizing, but thinking through the meaning of the words I'm singing. It makes for a much more engaging experience of praising my Lord.

A theme I've noticed in several songs written in the last five years or so is inviting God's presence by calling down fire from heaven. "Fire fall down," "All-consuming fire, fall, fall down," and the like. And while it is so important to invite God's presence to a worship gathering, I've never stopped to think before what a dangerous thing we are singing.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire."
Hebrews 12:28-29

Our God is holy, completely set apart and on a different plain from us in His glory and perfection. He will not tolerate sin, and that is why Christ shed His righteous blood on our behalf, so when the Father looks at us, He sees the holiness of Jesus.

Yet He is still a consuming fire.

When we invite God's holy, jealous fire to enter our sanctuary (or living room, or car, or wherever we're singing), are we doing so with clean hands and pure hearts? Do we recognize that as we sing these songs, we invite the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to convict our hearts of sin and pierce our souls with truth?

In our modern Gospel-telling, we focus so much on God's grace and mercy that we can forget that He is not only worthy of our perfect obedience, but demands our holiness. Otherwise why would Jesus have had to die?

God is good, but the reason God is so good is because He is holy and because He has made a way for us to enter His presence without being consumed. Thank You, Jesus!

Let us remember as we talk to God and sing to God and live for God that it is only by salvation through Jesus that we are no longer afraid of His wrath, and let us worship Him with awe and reverence because He is so different from us and so truly awesome!

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Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.


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