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What Does It Mean to “Worship”

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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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at all. It is interesting to note that worship bands are so stressed today that the group Acapela has created a, “An Acapela Band,” where the sounds of instruments are created without the use of instruments. I am anxious to hear them. Especially the drums (tongue in cheek). It is not a matter of large screens and video projectors. Our worship of God is not dependent upon any of these things in themselves.

Proposition: Lets take a look at the, “WORSHIP,” life of David, who could easily be classified as the number one worshipper of all history. Perhaps we can find ways to improve our worship.

The first hint we have into the worship of David was that it was a way of life and not just religious forms and ceremonies.

When just as a boy, David won fame by defeating the giant 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
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