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Session 11 Worship
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Key idea: I worship God for who he is and what he has done for me.
Key verse: Come,let us sing for joy to the Lord;let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalm 95:1-2
Worship in the Old testament and sacrifice
Sacrifice and Atonement. The goat has left the building.
Jewish families would worship together and privately. They would worship corporately in the temple and later in synagogues. Dance was a great part of their worship. We need to dance more.
What is worship?
Worthship – that which is worthy of Praise and adoration – God.
To attribute value and worth in giving divine praise and service.
Acknowledgement of God in all you do and are.
Extravagant love and extreme submission.
Worship is not an earthly event we attend but rather a heavenly activity in which we tke part.
Giving weight to Him in our lives – shekinah Presence =weight.
Being in His presence daily.
We are instinctively worshipping creatures. Psalm 42:1 As the dear pants for water so my soul pants for you.
We are called by the Lord Jesus Christ to worship him in Spirit and in truth. John 4:24 – honesty and humility with deep love.
Worship that God does not want:
Ignorant worship Acts 17 Romans 1:22 -25
Vain worship Matthew 15:9 talking to the Pharisees and the teachers he says: “These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me…”
Where we worship
Public corporate Acts 4:23 and Hebrews 10:25 – formal worship like we are doing now. Through
Communion, prayers, songs, offering, scripture read and expounded, fellowship and service in the week.
Quiet times reading and being with God.
Obedience to civil law
Living daily in holiness
We need to make worship a part of our lifestyle and our daily walk with God.
Worship songs are a part of this and we have so many talented musicians today who can lead us int places where we can have very high moments with the Lord.
The most important point of all today is that God looks at the heart. We need to examine our heart’s intent when we worship. What matters to the Lord is not so much the way we choose to worship Him, but the motivation that directs our actions.
This morning after that rather lengthy introduction, let’s explore Psalm 95: 1-7
- Why it was written – this Psalm was written at the time of the dedication of the second temple after the Jews had been in exile for 70 years in Babylon.
- Although the people had asked for a king, it seems that this Psalm reaffirms their understanding that the only King they needed was the King of Kings and Lord of lords.
- Their worship in this Psalm is directed to one only and that is God and King Creator Redeemer and Sustainer of their lives.
- An audience of One.
- COME – their must be a movement towards praise.
- It begins with a song of joy to the Lord and a shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. This is a firm declaration of who and what God has done for His people. Worship reminds us of this.
- Come before Him – access has been granted to us by Jesus destroying the dividing wall and granted us an entrance into the Holy of Holies. WOW.
- Music and song is part of all of this – it cannot be left out – Psalm 100 and 150 etc…
- The great God and king above all gods – putting Him first in our lives and acknowledging him as our provider.Worship ensures that we do not take Him for granted. Verse 3
- Creation shouts of who God is earth mountain peaks sea and dry land – open your eyes each day and worship Him. Verse 4
- Come let us bow down in worship let us kneel before the Lord our maker – humility but acts of worship.
- Words for worship and positions:1. Shabach (Ps 145:4) Shout praise. Expresses confidence in God’s ability
2. Barach (Ps 95:6) Kneel, bless the Lord. Expresses humility.
3. Yadah (Ps 63:1) The extended hand. Expresses gratitude, thankfulness and surrender.
4. Towdah (Ps 50:23) The raised hand. Expresses adoration.
- Taqa (Ps 47:1) Clap, applaud. Expresses joy and victory.
- Hallal (Ps 148-150) Celebrate extravagantly. Root of the word “hallelujah” which means “praise (halla) to jah (God)”. Expresses joy, jubilation and celebration.
- Tehillah Ps 33:1 Singing scripture to instruct and encourage.
- Tephillah. (Ps 39:12) Prayer, often sung as intercession and petition.
- Kara (2 Sam 6:14) Dance. “David danced before the Lord with all his might” Expresses joy and celebration.
- Zamar (Ps 4 and 6, 7:17) Make music by striking the fingers on strings or parts of a musical instrument. When we play instrumentally to facilitate a holy atmosphere, it’s not just church cocktail music, its zamar.
- Romans 12:1,2 “I urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable, or well pleasing and perfect.”
- The main reason to worship is to acknowledge that He is Our God and we have offered our lives sacrificially to him and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care – Good good Father. Do not underestimate the value you are to God and who you belong to. You are not alone, and he takes care of you each day. You are watched by him like a shepherd will watch his sheep. You know his voice. Don’t just follow him but live your life to worship Him with all of your being.