Summary: When we experience true worship, we can also expect ot receive something from God!
I get up each Sunday morning, I miss out on a mornings sleep, I miss out on going to the golf course, I miss out on being able to go fishing. I get up and go to church.
Am I being cheated, am I missing out on something by coming to church each week?
Last week we started the first of two messages on the subject of worship. Last week we learned that we come together each Sunday to worship God. Worship begins and ends with God.
I stated that many people are not excited about worship or they leave feeling empty.
Why? Because in order to be able to properly worship, we need to bring something to worship, we need to bring an offering to God, that offering is our lives.
If we bring our lives to God as a living and holy sacrifice each week, we will be able to have a true worship experience.
God-Centered worship begins and ends with God. If we are going to really worship God, our worship should be an extension of the life we are living for Jesus Monday through Saturday.
With all that being said, when we come to WORSHIP GOD, we also can expect to receive something in return.
Today we are going to look at four legitimate expectations we can receive from God-Centered Worship.
When we truly experience God during our worship time together, we can expect to receive something from God that will be a real blessing to each one who receives it.
Let’s turn of Isaiah 6:1-8.
In the sixth chapter of Isaiah, we have the call of Isaiah to his prophetic ministry by God.
During the call from God, Isaiah was privileged to have a true encounter with God, an encounter that would change him forever. Isaiah had the opportunity to have a true worship experience!
When we come to worship God, one of the things we can expect in return is…
I. A SENSE OF GOD’S PRESENCE. (ISAIAH 6:1-4)
• Isaiah 6:1 - 4 (NASB) 1In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” 4And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.
“When we gather for worship, we should expect to sense the awesome presence of God.” Bob Russell, “When God Builds A Church” p.48
One of the goals of worship is to connect people with God. When we pray, sing, give, take communion, and hear His word proclaimed, we want to have people experience the presence of God.
Whenever a person had encounters with God, they were never the same. Moses had his mountaintop experience. Abraham had en encounter with God.
In Isaiah 6:1, Isaiah relays to us his experience with the presence of God.