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Lifted-Discovering the Art of Worship: Listen
July 21, 2019

Lifted-Discovering the Art of Worship: Listen

This summer we are being lifted! It is our hope that you are finding the Holy Spirit working in your heart and life to share with you greater joy! We live in a world of words, but it seems there is very little listening. We are so distracted and preoccupied, that it is easy for us to miss the words of those around us. Even if we hear the words, we may not truly listen. This is especially true in our relationship with God. We can become so self-focused that it prevents us from hearing the life-giving words that God wants to share with us. This week, in our series Lifted-Discovering the Art of Worship, the sermon is Listen, we will see that this is an ancient problem. In Jeremiah 2:4-13, it begins with a phrase that is repeated throughout the scripture: “Hear the Word of the Lord!” God wants his people to truly listen and Jeremiah is seeking to give them a word that will change their lives, but they cannot hear it. It would be easy to be critical of the people of Jeremiah’s time, but unfortunately, we are just as prone to hear, but not listen. This passage helps us to increase our spiritual listening skills and to find a fullness in our lives! As you read Jeremiah 2:4-13, let it challenge you to stop digging a spiritual grave and find a fountain of living water! Jeremiah 2:4-13: 4 Hear the word of the LORD, you descendants of Jacob, all you clans of Israel. 5 This is what the LORD says: "What fault did your ancestors find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves. 6 They did not ask, 'Where is the LORD, who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and ravines, a land of drought and utter darkness, a land where no one travels and no one lives?' 7 I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable. 8 The priests did not ask, 'Where is the LORD?' Those who deal with the law did not know me; the leaders rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols. 9 "Therefore I bring charges against you again," declares the LORD. "And I will bring charges against your children's children. 10 Cross over to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and observe closely; see if there has ever been anything like this: 11 Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols. 12 Be appalled at this, you heavens, and shudder with great horror," declares the LORD. 13 "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. (NIV)

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