Thursday, November 05, 2009

Psalm 100 - Worship

Psalm 100 has three words associated with honoring God: praise, thanksgiving, and worship. As we grow in praise and thanksgiving, we are learning to go deeper in the devotion of worship.

How do we worship God? (Psalm 100:1)

  • By proclaiming his name among the nations (“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!”)
  • By serving with a good attitude (“Serve the LORD with gladness;”)
  • By presenting ourselves to him in joyful song (“Come before His presence with singing.”)

Why do we worship God? (Psalm 100:2-3)

  • Because He is God and you and I are not. (Psalm 100:3; 95; 99:9; 29:2; Nehemiah 9:6).
  • Because God doesn’t need the praise and adoration – we do (Psalm 95:6; 100:2; Matthew 4:10; Revelation 14:7)

What is worship? (Psalm 100:4-5)

  • Worship involves a heart of gratitude and adoration – not a critical spirit (Psalm 100:4).
  • Worship expresses the preciousness of God (Psalm 100:5).
  • Worship comes from a personal loving relationship (Psalm 18:1).
  • Worship is in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24). “Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth” (The Message).
  • Worship is the response of deep calling to deep (Psalm 42:1-2, 7-8). One prayer warrior says that her prayer pattern is confess, worship, listen, repent, worship, listen, worship, ask, worship, listen, worship, etc.
  • Worship reflects what we believe (Job 13:15; 1:20-21). “Though he slay me, yet I will trust him.” That kind of trust produces worship. If we do not trust Him, we do not understand Him and therefore we will not worship.
  • Worship flows out of the truth of His Word the Bible (Romans 11:33-36).
  • Worship is awe-filled love (Psalm 95:1). Such love begs for deep-felt expression. It touches the awe and mystery of Christ in us, the hope of glory.
  • Worship grasps an outline of the unseen (Job 26:14). In worship we touch the hem of his garment, but there is so much more. Isaiah says that the train of his robe alone fills the sanctuary (Isaiah 6:1).