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Summary: Seven suggestions that will hopefully help us to worship the Lord in a more personal way.

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AIDS TO WORSHIP

Psalm 42:1

Introduction

Today, we will wrap up our series THE DYNAMICS OF WORSHIP

Thus far we have looked at

• What Worship is

• What God is like (13 Characteristics)

• Why Corporate Worship is Important

This morning, as we strive to give God our best in worship, we should use whatever means are appropriate to help us

I want us to look at 7 suggestions that can AID us in our Worship to the Lord

Read Psalm 42:1 / Pray

God has created human beings to worship…as expressed in our Psalm today…our soul should pant for God

Trans: There are some things that can Aid our worship,

1. MEDITATION

Taking time to quiet ourselves and to begin to think on God and His goodness will help us to prepare our hearts for worship

This preparation should begin on Monday and should continue through to Sunday morning

Everyone of us should have a time of daily reflection or meditation on God and His Word as we seek Him every day in our quiet/devotion time

• Prov 8:34 “Blessed are those who listen to me, watching DAILY at my doors, waiting at my doorway”

• Luk 9:23 “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross DAILY and follow me”

Turn to Psa 63:1-4 (read) …you want a passage to meditate on…this is one of them

I have never been a user of drugs…but I can imagine what it is like to need a FIX…this verse says David was hurting so bad he needed a FIX from God

A FIX to worship Him and draw closer to Him

Our minds are so polluted with the things of the world – it can be hard to come in and worship God if we are thinking on or meditating on wrong things

• Phil 4:8 (NLT) “dear brothers and sisters, one final things. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise”

Meditating and thinking on the right things will AID our worship to the Lord

Trans: The second suggestion is…

2. CONFESSION

The person who truly understands the glory of God will realize his need for confession and cleansing

• Isa 6:6-7 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”

God desires worship from those who have a clean heart

David said in Psa 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me”

Turn to 1 John 1:7-10

3. MUSIC

How many of you really like music? There just seems to be something about music that says YES to our soul

But it is the right kind of music that says YES to our worshipping the Lord

The use of hymns, praise songs, and musical instruments help to AID our worship

I don’t know how the Church of Christ get around this verse – they don’t use instruments in worship

Turn to Psalm 150

Paul commands us in Eph 5:18-19 “Don’t be drunk with wine…instead be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts”


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