Summary: Unconfessed sin in the believer’s life restricts praise.
The Hallelujah Factor Series
Based upon Jack Taylor’s book The Hallelujah Factor
Protesting or Practicing Praise Part 2-Hidden Sin
July 22, 2007 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Pastor
A Opening story
B Unconfessed sin in the believer’s life restricts praise.
1 Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. 13 Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not rule over me; then I will be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression. Psalms 19:12-13 (NASB)
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion. Prov 28:13 (NASB)
a Praise is the vocal, audible, and/or visible adoration of God.
b We’ve looked at...
aa Pathway to praise (choice to rejoice, persistent prayer, gratitude attitude).
bb M M B W W
cc Protests to praise (pride)
dd Today...hidden sin
2 Let’s pray
I Coming into God’s presence always means we deal with our sin.
A God commanded Moses to put a "sink" in between the tent of meeting & the altar of incense. The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 18 "You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base of bronze, for washing; and you shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it. 19 "Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet from it; 20 when they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, so that they will not die; or when they approach the altar to minister, by offering up in smoke a fire sacrifice to the LORD. 21 "So they shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they will not die; and it shall be a perpetual statute for them, for Aaron and his descendants throughout their generations." Ex 30:17-21 (NASB)
1 The altar stood directly opposite to the ark. You shall put this altar in front of the veil that is near the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is over the ark of the testimony, where I will meet with you. Ex 30:6 (NASB)
a The altar is where incense would be burned.
aa Acknowledged Deity (You a real, here, among us)
bb Prayer May my prayer be counted as incense before You; the lifting up of my hands as the evening offering. Psalms 141:2 (NASB)
Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. Rev 8:3 (NASB)
b Before the priests entered the presence of God they were told to wash their hands & feet, come clean into worship.
2 That is still true today!
a What that doesn’t mean...
aa Penance, confession between 4 & 4:45 on Saturday, offer a sacrifice!
bb The debt has already been paid, but we must be cleansed from any hindrance of sin in our lives.
b The psalmist writes, Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Psalms 103:1 (NASB)
c If sin is in the praisers, we can’t bless the Lord because praise involves "all that is within us."
3 If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear Psalms 66:18 (NASB)