Summary: Worship isn''t an entertaining showcase for a talented soprano or a lecture on textual criticism or a pleasant weekly reunion of friends and family. Instead, true worship is a joyous celebration of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ
And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.
I want you to notice that David refused to cut corners or offer cheap sacrifices that had cost him nothing. David had to give God the best he had.
David was a private worshiper; a man who worshiped on his own looking after his Father’s sheep. Psalm 23:1-3…..David is talking of his private moments with God.
1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
When Israel wanted a King God gave them a warrior – Saul.
When God was looking for a King to replace Saul he searched out a worshipper – David.
To Saul God said…”But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people.” (1 Samuel 13:14)
Your PRIVATE is what gives birth to your PUBLIC!
• THE PUBLIC WORSHIPPER
This passage records the return of the Ark of the Covenant to Israel. This most tangible of symbols represented God's presence and favour upon the nation. David had fought the Philistines and brought it back to Jerusalem. He, and the nation, were elated.
The man who held the nations most dignified position expressed his gratitude to God with all of his energy and enthusiasm. He was totally unconcerned by the opinions of others. Because David was a worshiper.
Somebody here this morning needs to respond to God with the attitude of a worshiper
I don't want anything freely given to me I want to make the sacrifice to come and worship because There's a worshiper in me.
It’s time to use your human anatomy to express what your heart is trying to say.
When we worship we (Kneel, raise hands, lie down or bow down)
When we praise God we (clap, shout, dance)
The most important thing a worshiper can do in a worship service is to be a worshipper. That is, to be someone who is there to worship God, no matter what anyone else does. You've come to worship because there's a worshiper in you.
A worshiper is prepared.
He /She is prepared for the service before they even get here.
A Worshiper recognizes the urgency of the now moment they are in. because there are times in a dead service where God needs some Praisers to show up but I have found out that not everybody that praises God knows exactly how to worship him. Worshipers know how to break forth in singing, clapping, hand-raising,because they have dared to spend time in there prayer closets with God. There are also times in a service which are meant to be celebrative, times to jump for joy. A real worshiper cherishes those moments for what they are because they are special moments with God.