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Pastoral Reflections- Pastor Bruce Zimmermann, pastor, Christ Lutheran Church Gladbrook, Iowa

February 15, 2013
Northern-Sun Print
When Jane came home from the basketball game, she could hardly talk; her voice was so hoarse from cheering. “Why did you cheer so much?” her mother asked. “It was so exciting and the team was doing so good, I just had to cheer.” Jane’s reason for cheering is something like our reason for worshiping God. God has done all things so well we actually shouldn’t keep quiet about it. Our heavenly Father created every detail of this universe. He continues to provide us with what we need to live. Best of all, out of his love he rescued us from our sins. The rescue operation cost him dearly. From his heart he gave his only Son. Now through Jesus Christ God adopts us as his children and prepares a place for us with him in heaven. All that is certainly something to cheer about. The psalmist wrote, “Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD” (Psalm 117). That’s what worship really is. It’s like cheering for God. When we think of all his goodness, we may joyfully sing out, “Hallelujah,” or “Hosanna” or “Amen”. These are “cheer” words for worship. Of course, cheering for God may be quieter than yelling at a basketball game. What is important is that we let God and other people hear how great we think our Lord is. Sometimes when worship time comes around were not in the mood. Is it because God has quit doing things to cheer about? Hardly! Maybe it’s because we haven’t thought much about God and what he does. But when we do, we can get like Jane. We can’t help cheering.


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