Summary: We must celebrate His majesty.
IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!
Th: Prayer: A Passion for His Presence
Pr: WE MUST CELEBRATE HIS MAJESTY.
TS: We will find in our study of Psalm 8, four reasons why we celebrate the majesty of God.
The _____ reason we celebrate the majesty of God is His…
I. SUPERIORITY (1)
II. SHREWDNESS (2)
III. SKILL (3-4)
IV. STRATEGY (4-8)
RMBC 24 Nov 02 AM
The old Southern preacher, Vance Havner, once said…
“Too many church services start at 11:00 sharp and end at 12:00 dull.”
I do find some comfort in this statement because we rarely end at 12:00, but I venture that isn’t the real point.
Nevertheless, that insightful statement reminded me of the story when…
ILL Notebook: Worship (Died in the service)
One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Johnny was standing and staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. The young man of seven has been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up and stood beside him and, gazing up at the plaque, he said quietly, “Good morning, son.”
“Good morning, pastor,” replied the young man not taking his eyes off the plaque. “Sir, what is this?” Johnny asked.
“Well, son, these are all the people who have died in the service,” replied the pastor. Soberly, they stood together staring up at the large plaque.
Little Johnny’s voice barely broke the silence when he asked quietly, “Which one sir, the 8:30 or the 10:30 service?”
Well, we expect everyone to leave living today.
And we don’t want anyone dying of boredom!
But have you ever been to a worship service that was dull?
That there was a sameness to it that was uninteresting and unexciting, to the point that it was depressing?
Worship should never be like that.
1. When it comes to the subject of God, the last thing it should be is boring.
God is not boring!
He is exciting!
He is exhilarating!
So, if this is true…
2. There must be an excitement that accompanies worship or we are doing it wrong.
This is something we find in the psalm we are studying today.
There is an air of excitement in this psalm.
We are studying Psalm 8, another song that is written by David.
And he begins and ends this song with the same line:
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
David knows that God is worth celebrating.
So in this song that mingles joy and awe, he rehearses the facts about who God is and what He has done.
But along with this, we will also will see that David relates a certain unexpectedness about how God works that demonstrates His grace.
So, we will see in our study today that…
3. WE MUST CELEBRATE HIS MAJESTY.
The question we will ask ourselves in our time together is “Why?”
Why must we celebrate God’s majesty?
4. We will find in our study of Psalm 8, four reasons why we celebrate the majesty of God.
I. The first reason we celebrate the majesty of God is His SUPERIORITY (1).
David states here…
You have set your glory above the heavens.
This simple statement demonstrates that…
God is above all (cf. Psalm 19:1-2).
The majestic name of God flows from the heavens and permeates the earth.
His glory demonstrates His supremacy and transcendence.
Thus, we know that He is Lord.
He has power over life and death.
He is responsible for everything under His domain.
He is the final decision-maker.
And being perfectly righteous, He sets the rules.
What He says goes.
And, graciously, He continues to speak to us.
Note what David says in Psalm 19:
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
We worship and celebrate the majesty of God because even though He is above us, He is always speaking to us.
II. The second reason we celebrate the majesty of God is His SHREWDNESS (2).
ILL Notebook: Expertise
I am sure you have noticed it. More and more children are being born with microchips in their hands. Our young people go about acquiring technological skills and operating personal computers with apparent ease. Many of the more mature among us (who still think of the ballpoint pen as a modern miracle) can only watch in amazement.
For example, a man was talking to a clerk in an electronics store about buying a VCR. “I’m sorry to be asking all these questions,” he said, “but I’m not the mechanical type.” Then he pointed to a VCR on the shelf and said, “I’ll take that one.”