Summary: Sermon given on January 1, 2006 to challenge the congregation to love God more in the New Year.
Loving God More in the New Year
Interviews and polls taken in America reveal that a high percentage of Americans, 85%, say they believe in God or a higher power. If you walked downtown on the streets of San Jose and asked the question – “What do you believe about God?” You might get some of the following answers given on this video clip.
As we begin the New Year 2006, I want us to consider these five ways to better show our love for God.
I. Praise and Sing Unto the Lord.
If you don’t think you can carry a tune, “Make a joyful noise/sound unto the Lord.” Throughout the Psalms a phrase is continued: “Shout to the Lord.” Do you ever shout to the Lord, “Praise the Lord.” “Amen!”
There’s a chorus that goes: “Let’s just praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let’s just lift our hands toward heaven and praise the Lord. Let’s just praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let’s just lift our hands toward heaven and praise the Lord.”
Singing and praise to God are vital parts of the service of worship. When we refuse to open our mouths and sing we are not obeying God’s Word.
What does worship mean to you? More than anything else worship comes from our heart. Whenever and wherever we gather together to sing and pray we are involved in worship.
This coming year let’s love God more by giving praise and singing unto the Lord.
A second way we can love God more in the coming year is to
II. Pray – Talk to God
Prayer is two way communication- - – talking to God and listening to God. Without 2 way communication there is no communication.
#Early in our marriage I thought Carollyn could read my mind, but she would say to me, “Don’t you love me.” I would reply, “Sure I do.” She would say, “Then why don’t you tell me.”
How often do you tell your wife/husband and children, that you love them? How do you know you are loved? You know a person by a person’s actions and by what the person says. Turn to the person next to you and say, “God loves you and so do I.”
Do you have trouble praying out loud? You don’t have to pray in holy tones or in Old English with “Thees and Thous.” Prayer is conversation from your heart.
This coming year express your love to God more by singing and by praying silently and by praying out loud in conversation with the Lord.