Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: I Exalt You, O God by Jerry Bridges

I have always enjoyed Jerry Bridges' books. Jerry has been able to bring out the essence of the holiness of God without compromise and yet able to present the gospel of God's grace through Jesus Christ in a way that does not condemn the sinner, yet condemn the sins.

In this 31-day devotional,  Jerry guides you into God’s throne room for an intensely personal time of worship. From this book, you will be invited to exalt God for

• His Greatness...beyond measure, beyond compare
• His Holiness...transcendent majesty
• His Wisdom...skill and splendor on display
• His Love...the infinite love of an amazing Father for His child

In the first part of the book, Jerry gives an overview of what worship really is. Romans 12:1 says "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship." (Rom 12:1 NIV)

From this verse, to worship God means to offer our bodies as living sacrifices. Offering ourselves as living sacrifices mean offering our entire being - including our mind, our emotions, our will to Him - all that we are, have and do.

Jerry further elucidates that in order to render heartfelt worship to God, we must be gripped in the depth of our being by His majesty, holiness, and love. Our praises and adoration should never be mere empty words. And in order to worship God wholeheartedly, we need to recognize that all that we have belongs to Him. David says in Psalm 24:1 "The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it" (Psa 24:1 NIV).

 Jerry also explains that our corporate worship must in line with our private worship. In other words, worship is not just an external act. True worship must come from the heart and reflect a sincere attitude and desire.

Overall, this is a great book to read. It is packed with clear, compelling, biblical teaching on these four aspects of God’s nature (His greatness, his holiness, his wisdom and his love) that will guide your heart into reverent praise and thanksgiving.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this e-book free from Blogging for Books review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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