PFR and Unceasing Worship
Okay, first, who among you have heard of PFR? Yeah, okay, not many… stands for Pray For Rain. Awesome Christian band of the 1990s, produced a best of-type album in 1997 (The Late Great PFR), still performs a few times a years and has recorded two albums since ’97. Fantastic stuff; you should check it out. Anyway, I’ve been listening to them all evening long… Here are the lyrics to one of their tunes, a powerful song titled, appropriately enough, “Pray For Rain.”
Born in a dry season
Wind and sand have blown through me
Haven’t found shade anywhere
Only moments of relief
But sometimes I think I hear the thunder
Somewhere on the horizon line
If I could just find a way to get under
The rain that can reach this soul of mine
I pray for rain to come
And wash away what’s made me numb
I pray for a raging storm
To drown what’s in me
And the rain comes in the nick of time
I swallow hard cause my throat’s been dry
The rain comes beating on my skin
Till I’m washed away – nothing left within
When the rain comes
Your rain comes
Seasons have passed so quickly
Since I felt that first big storm
Still there have been times of drought
When i’ve prayed for the clouds to form
And I often hear the thunder
And I know of its coming rain
Many times in my life I’ll kneel under
The moving showers that brought this change
Also, I just finished reading the second chapter of Unceasing Worship. This books attempts to clearly define worship, more specifically Christian worship, and authentic worship. In doing so, many areas are explored. At the end of Chapter 2 (“What is authentic worship?”), Best writes:
These words of Christ [“It was said of old, but now I say unto you…”] are of such magnitude that the entire shape of the New Testament depends on them. And it is only because of this that the Old Testament can be quoted with such force and probity throughout the Gospels, Acts, and Epistles. To put it negatively, the Old Testament is quoted because it is not finished until Christ reaches it. In this sense the Old Testament reaches ahead of itself longingly and hopefully to its finality. To put it positively, Christ is established in the Old Testament so efficiently as to make the Incarnation an inevitable reality.
So what does this mean exactly? Well, interestingly enough, it is actually related to a portion of the material I covered in my sermon a little over a month ago. In that sermon I talked about how Jesus established a new covanent; the Jewish Sabbath was Saturday, but after Christ’s resurrection Christian’s celebrated the Lord’s Day – Sunday. His death and resurrection superceded Old Testament Law (observance of the Sabbath). Anyway, Best’s interpretation of the relationship between the Old and New Testaments is very good.
It seems to be quite simple, really. If we realize that God, in his omniscience, inspired the writers of the Old Testament with his plan for his Son in mind, then the Old Testament is not as separate from the New Testament as we often make it out to be. We completely segregate the Old from the New, as if they are two separate and different works. In reality, I believe Best would argue (and I would tend to agree), the Bible as a whole is unilaterally the divine Word of God; sure, we divide it into two parts, due in large part to historical and chronological reasons, but the Old Testament directly provides for the arrival of the New Testament and Christ Himself. His arrival, death, and resurrection, allow for the “completion” of the Old Testament and the full understanding of the New Testament.
So I’m not sure if any of that makes any sense. Perhaps I just muddied the waters even more. I said it was “simple” and then expounded on it for another enormous paragraph. Anyway, those are my thoughts. I haven’t posted a real post in over a month, and I thought I’d give it a try again.
Thank you Lord for all your blessings, You are truly amazing!