Christian Pilgrim


38. Fruit of the Lips

Isaiah 57:19 - "I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him."

God creates the "fruit of the lips."

Hebrews 13:15 - "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name."

Psalm 145:5,6 - "Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth."

We must worship God with "the fruit of our lips." This is our true sacrifice, and we must therefore sing the words God has given us to sing only, and not the words of men.

Job 21:11,12,14 - "They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways."

Isaiah 5:12 - "And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands."

Amos 5:23 - "Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols."

Amos 6:5 - "That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David"

Note that the instruments in the Temple were for use during the sacrifices only - i.e. a part of worship that is now no longer used in the New Testament. The psalm singing took place after the sacrifices:

2 Chronicles 29:27-30 - "And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel. And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished. And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped. Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the LORD with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped."

Man-made worship is sin.