Summary: THE WORLD DOESN’T NEED ANY MORE LONG FACED CHRISTIANS. THEY NEED SOME ONE EXCITED ABOUT WHAT GOD CAN DO AND IS DOING.
TITLE: I’M SO EXCITED
TEXT: PSALMS 122:1
INTRO: In the 80’s there was a song that said:
“I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it;
I’m about to lose control;
and I think I like it.”
We have come here today to Celebrate the presence of our God in our lives. We have a reason to be excited today. We don’t need to hide it, and if we get out of control, I think not only will we like it but I feel like it would please God.
ILL. Joy, Worship: Don’t grin in church
In church one Sunday a small child was turning around smiling at everyone. He wasn’t gurgling, spitting, humming, tearing the hymnbooks apart, or rummaging through his mother’s purse. He was just smiling. Suddenly his mother jerked him around, and in a stage whisper that everyone could hear, and said, "Stop that grinning. You’re in church." With that she gave him a slap on his thigh, and as the tears rolled down his cheeks she added, "That’s better," and returned to her prayers.
David was a man that was excited about God, a man who was stirred in his Spirit by the things of God. The day the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Jerusalem he celebrated, he danced in the streets before the Ark “with all his mighty.”
We have a reason to be excited today
ILL. HAPPY TO GO TO THE FUNERAL
A woman testified to the transformation that had taken place in her life through her Christian conversion:
"I’m so glad I got religion!" she declared. "I have an uncle I used to hate so much I vowed I’d never go to his FUNERAL! But now - why, I’d be happy to go to it ANY TIME!"
I. Things That Excite Us
1. New Things
A. Everyone likes new things
- New clothes; we cannot wait to wear
- New car; That smell
- New baby; Everyone has just got to hold
- Because they are fresh
- They are untarnished
C. When we made our way to God we were:
- Abused by the sin of this world
D. God didn’t just apply some BONDO on our dents
E. He didn’t just slap some KILTZ over the stains and scars that sin had left on our lives
F. He didn’t cover up but He removed the imperfections and replaced every part of me
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Colossians 3:9 seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Ill. The old song we would sing in kids church “Take off the old robe and put on the new”
G. What a reason to be excited today; that in our lives everything has been made new
2. Love excites us
A. We all enjoy that warm feeling that washes over us when we experience being loved.
B. Puppy love is not what I am referring to, but Real Love
- Puppy Love is nice but it doesn’t last
- Real Love sees beyond our flaws and imperfections and loves us in-spite of all our short comings.
- Real love endures a life time
C. This is the kind of love that God expressed on Calvary