Summary: When Christians approach the Lord, they should bring all of theirself. True worship involves bowing our will to His will.
I. We must Bring our Wonder - vs. 7-8b
A. We are to Acknowledge His Majesty (glory)
Who is glorious but the Lord? Who is strong, save our God? (Exodus 15:11)
B. We are to Acknowledge His Might (strength) (Psalms 89:8)
Strong enough to Save - Faithful enough to keep His Word! (Isaiah 46:9)
C. We are to Acknowledge His Manifestation - (name)
The name of God reveals Him to us! It is His being, His attributes.
II. We must Bring our Wealth (Possessions) - 8b
A. This Offering was one of Loyalty
B. This Offering is one of Love (Luke 12:34)
III. We must Bring our Worship (Praise) - vs. 9
A. The Person that we Worship - The LORD
B. The Position of our Worship (Psalms 95:6)
C. The Purpose of our Worship
1. To express Admiration - All of His attributes
2. To express Awe - FEAR (Psalm 2:11)
IV. We must Bring our Will
If we will worship - it will be because we desire to! It is not the issue of possessions, but our own selves. It is a matter of will! (Romans 12:1-2)
A. The Wonder of Her Gift
1. The Person of her Gift - Her Wonder is seen by WHO she anointed.
2. The Place of Her Gift - The Feet of Jesus - this was the motivation.
B. The Wealth of Her Gift
1. The Price of her Gift - Costly - Spikenard, from India - 300 days wages
2. The Purpose of her Gift - She willingly gave - and she did it on purpose
C. The Worship of Her Gift
1. The Praise of Her Gift - She gave up her glory for His Glory
2. The Pleasure of Her Gift - fragrance of her Praise (Psalm 141:2)
Concl. She accomplished the worship of Psalm 96 because she was willing!
No one can make us worship, we will do it willingly.