Summary: Rethinking what is required from Ps. 9 when I come to worship.
Title: ?4 Determinations for Divine Worship? Script: Ps. 9: 1-2 (read entire verse)
Type: Expos. Where: GNBC 1-16-02
Intro: I recently read an article in a journal that quoted Dr. John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. In this article on worship, Piper was quoted as saying: ?Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn?t.? Far from putting missions down, Piper is holding forth the supreme importance of worship ? both now and forever. ?Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. Worship abides forever. Do you realize the Scriptures give guidance as to how we are to worship God? God invites us to worship Him, but there are four determinations found in today?s passage that each of us are to make.
Prop: Taking Ps. 9:1-2 as our example, we will notice 4 determinations each Christian must make for divine worship.
BG: 1. Ps. 9 is a Psalm of Praise to God for His deliverance. Is a Psalm of King David?s.
2. I have called these ?determinations?, four choices of the will David states when worships.
3. Please note there are no age restrictions to these determinations. Young and old alike.
Prop: Let us examine the four determinations of King David that each Christian should also adopt in his worship of the Lord.
I. 1st Determination: I am to Give Thanks in My Worship of God!
A. Thankfulness to God is a Choice of the Will
1. It is Essential to Worship that the Christian comes to the Lord with Thankfulness
a. Each one of us has a choice to make each day. We can choose to live this day thankful in light of God?s mercy towards us, or we can choose to live ungrateful and bitter lives.
b. Ungrateful individuals are incomplete in their ability to worship God.
2. At times need holy determination to face Foe and Bless the Lord in the Face of the Enemy
a. bg ? Psalm 9 is in many ways a Ps. of praise and thanksgiving to God for giving David victory over his enemies and the enemies of his country. .
b. Illust- Is there someone causing you great conflict? Unreasonable, profane, nit-picking, etc. Get under your skin. Praise God in the midst for what doing in your life.
B. The Psalmist Calls for Whole-hearted Thankfulness.
1. Whole-hearted thankfulness is to encompass the total man/woman
a. ?with all my heart? ? ?all the powers of his mind, heart and soul are focused in taking part in the worship of God.?
b. If we are going to praise God acceptably we are to praise Him not only with our lips but also with our hearts and our whole beings.
2. Whole-hearted thankfulness is understood in light of the Person of God.
Illust- A.W. Tozer: great CMA pastor: ?In my opinion the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple, for the holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory of the tabernacle.?