Summary: Final in series of sermons on "The Word On Worship" This message looks at "The Worship God Deserves".
Declaring God’s Worth
Our word “worship” comes from the old English word “worschipe” or “worth-ship” which means worthiness. To worship is to declare God’s worth !
1. Determining God’s Worth.
Why is God worthy of our worship ?
a. Because of his character.
Job 33:12 ......I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.
2 Sa 7:22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee according to all that we have heard with our ears.
Deu. 4:39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
Psa 86:10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
Psa 118:28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
b. Because of his creation.
Rev. 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Psa 148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that aare in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.
Psa 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.
c. Because of his compassion.
We see God’s worth in the beginning in his creation....but we further see his worth after the creation. One of the most moving scenes in all the word of God is after the fall of man. It is God who comes walking through the garden calling the name of Adam......he is the one who takes the iniative.....he is the one who takes the first step towards reconciliation.
Psa. 78:38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity and destroyed them not: yea many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.
Psa 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and plenteous in mercy and truth.
Psa 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
d. Because of his Cross.
John 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha;
Rev. 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue and people, and nation.
Rev 5:12 Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.
2. Demonstrating God’s Worth
Having determined his worth...how do we demonstrate his worth ?
a. by our profession.
This is the first and vital step towards demonstrating that God is worthy. We must possess, and profess faith in him.
b. by our participation.
We show God..we demonstrate his worth to us when we obey him by participating in the things that please him. When we assemble together as a church, it is pleasing to him if we worship.....it pleases him, praises him.....honors him that you are here.....that his people have gathered together to worship him.
But our participation in the assembly should not be the end of our worship....but rather the beginning.......we praise him through our activity. When we leave from this place......we are to be actively serving him !
c. by our posture.
The Hebrew word for worship itself tells us what our posture should be towards the Lord. It means to “fall prostrate or to bow down”.
Psa 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
d. by our praise.
Psa 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
1 Ch 29:13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
Psa 9:2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
Glad means “to make joy” or “to brighten up” Rejoice means “to jump for joy”
Psa 22:25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
Psa 30:12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee forever.