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What Does It Mean to “Worship”


Sermon shared by Max Goins

October 2004
Summary: Our Worship of God is deeply rooted in our entire life. If He is first in our lives, everything else, including our corporate worship will fall in place.
Audience: General adults
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Goliath he had these words to Goliath, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, who you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me and will strike you down and cut off your head.”

There is no doubt that David had carefully selected all the right equipment. He had checked his sling and chosen perfectly round stones. Yet his strength was in his relationship to God. It was not just for that moment, it was for every moment of his life. He lived his faith in his daily walk.

He details this for us, “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord” (Psalms 89:15).

This is also what Paul is talking about in the twelfth chapter of Romans. Based upon all the deep theology of the first eleven chapters, he 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.” (Romans 12:1).

In other words, it won’t matter what we do on Sunday, if we do not live correctly in the presence of God the other six days of the week. For us to experience God in our organized worship we need to be experiencing him in our everyday lives. If you don’t know God as a way of life you will not find him on Sunday.

Secondly, let us take special note that David’s kind of worship was total and dedicated.

Hear David’s testimony, “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4).

The great worship cry of Israel was, “Hear oh Israel, the Lord is one God and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5).

Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and will all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37).

It is no wonder, with this kind of dedication to God that David was called, “A man after God’s own heart.” (I Samuel 13:14).

As God looks today into your heart and measures your dedication to Him, how do you appear in His sight? Does He see enough dedication in you to allow you to step forward and kiss Him?

Thirdly, let us notice that David’s type of worship has a witness.

David says, “I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.” Psalm 57:9). He began that very public commitment in front of his own people.

In one of my favorite stories from the Old Testament the Ark of the Covenant was being moved from the home of Obed Edom to Jerusalem. David was leading the procession. He became so caught up in the moment that he stripped off his clothes and danced before the Lord. Even his unloving wife took notice of his actions.

When those who lead us in Worship get so caught up in their own personal worship it will have an affect on us as worshippers. When we as worshippers get so caught up in our worship the world will take note of what we do and want to join us.

David again says, “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and will put their trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:3).

When our relationship to the Lord places new songs of praise in our hearts and
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