Summary: We are to come to worship in 5 ways- Psalm 95 (Material adapted from Jack Peters at: http://www.sermonseeds.org/Poetry/Psalm%2091-120/Psalm%2095.htm)
A little boy asked his father what was the highest number he had ever counted. Replying that he didn't know, the father asked his son his highest number. It was 973.
"Why did you stop there?" wondered the father.
"Because church was over."
It is a shame that we can make a worship service a boring exercise
Psalm 95 is a call to worship. Gathering for worship is not a new thing.
It has been done by the Christians for 2000 years. It has been done by the Jewish people many centuries longer than that! The Psalmist was inviting his fellow Jews to true worship. The Psalmist is inviting us to true worship.
If we are going to worship together, we should do it in a way that pleases God. So, the Psalmist invites us to come!
Thesis: We are to come to worship in 5 ways- Psalm 95
COME JOYFULLY – Vs. 1
Vs. 1 – The Jewish religion was a joyful religion. Christianity is a joyful religion.
Yes, there are times of sorrow. Yes, there are times for repentance. Yes, there are times to grieve.
Overall, Christianity is a faith of joy.
It is a joy to know the God of the universe personally.
It is a joy to come before God in the name of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is a joy that God encourages us to come to Him. He’s not standoffish.
It is a joy that our sins are forgiven.
It is a joy that we have eternal life.
It is a joy that He will never leave or forsake us.
We are told to come with singing. We are told to come with shouting, a joyful noise.
“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,” Ephesians 5:19, NIV.
Our outward worship should be an expression of what is going on in our hearts!
Worship is a privilege. We should be joyful in that privilege.
Notice who we are worshipping! We are worshipping the LORD – the great “I AM”
We are worshipping the “rock of our salvation”.
A rock cannot be moved. Our salvation as Christians is “rock solid”! When Jesus said, “On this rock I will build my church,” the rock that He was referring to was Himself. As Dottie Rambo said: I go to the Rock for my salvation; I go to the stone that the builders rejected; I run to the mountain and the mountain stands by me; When the earth all around me is sinking sand; On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand; When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock
COME THANKFULLY – Vs. 2
Vs. 2 – There are people I only hear from if they want something. Do we know people like that?
When does God hear from us? And when God does hear from us, do we come with a thankful heart for all that he’s already done?
Do we begin your approach to the “throne of grace” with a thankful heart? “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6, NIV.