The Basis Of Our Worship And Joy
Contributed by Christian Cheong on Feb 28, 2005 (message contributor)
Summary: Psalm 100 can be divided into two parts. Worship God, for we belong to Him. And give thanks, for He is a good God.
Psalm 100 can be divided into two parts - a call to worship God and give thanks to Him.
Verses 1-2 - urges to come to God with singing, with joy
• Very upbeat, very positive, happy mood...
• All humanity called to worship God – this is what we OUGHT to do.
WHY? Reasons? Verse 3
• KNOW that He is God - we have a God, not alone
• He made us and we are His - relationship
• We are his people, the sheep of His pasture - He is not only God, but a Shepherd who provides
We have a RELATIONSHIP with God – He is our Creator and Provider
We need to KNOW this God.
Not everyone worship God because they are His people. They do not care about Him. They just wanted Him to help them get what they want – they want this god to give them gain wealth and success. Who is this God is really not important, as long as they get what they want. The important thing is not relationship.
It’s like a child who is only interested in getting things from his father. He is not concerned about what the father is working as, or what he likes or dislikes… If he thinks only of what he can get from his father, then it will be like man trying to ask God for things.
But Bible tells us this is not so. Our God is our heavenly Father.
John 1:12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
This RELATIONSHIP is very important – do you know Him?
In life, relationship is very important.
THE EMPEROR IS MY FATHER
The streets were packed with onlookers on each side as the Roman guards formed lines of human barricade to maintain order. The Roman emperor was due to arrive any moment and the air was charged with great anticipation and excitement. The people had come to see the king whom they heard was passing through the village enroute to his palace.
Suddenly a young lad dashed out into the open as the sedan carriage carrying the emperor and his entourage drew near. A Roman guard caught hold of him before he could move any further and said to the young man: "Don’t you know that the emperor is coming? You are not supposed to be here!" The guard looked stern as he pushed the young lad to the side of the street.
Undaunted, the young man brushed the guard aside and said, "He may be your emperor but he is my father. I have every right to see him!"
Actually what really gives us a good life – relationships or things? It is relationship – family, children, relatives, friends, colleagues, boss...
Not really things.
During a concert, Bob sat next to a cancer patient. She was wheeled to the concert because she really loved music and the nurses helped her to get there. She had been confined to bed for more than 6 months but had made an arduous and painful attempt to attend a concert.
He asked, "What have you learned from your experiences with cancer?"
She said, "I’ve learned it is easy to say good-bye to all material things. I am having a difficult time saying good-bye to those people who are closest to me."
People - and our relationships with them - are of central importance. The same holds true for our relationship with God. We need to know God.
Jesus came to this world to show us who God is – and told us our relationship with Him. We are actually SEPARATED from Him – because of SIN. Jesus died on our behalf to that we could be RECONCILED to God. We need therefore to know Jesus and accept His sacrifice.
Only through Jesus can be get back to God our Father.
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Do you know Him? Do you know that He is there in your life, helping you?
Alex Haley, author of ROOTS - has a picture hanging on his office wall. It was a picture of a turtle sitting on top of a fence post. When asked, "Why is that there?"
Alex Haley answered, "Every time I write something significant, every time I read my words and think that they are wonderful, and begin to feel proud of myself, I look at the turtle on top of the fence post and remember that he didn’t get there on his own. He had help.
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