Summary: WORSHIP is the visitation of God which brings to life Christians who have been sleeping and restores a deep sense of God's near presence and holiness.
THEME: WORSHIP LIVING THE Zeal of the WORD-
CHECK YOUR VITAL SIGNS
Worship is a vital part of our walk with God.
Pulse or heart rate, breath, blood pressure!
If any of those 3 isn’t normal…then someone is in big trouble.
Your vital signs are good indicators what’s going on inside your physical body.
Well, worship is a healthy response to a healthy relationship with the Lord.
If someone isn’t worshipping, it’s a good indicator something is wrong in their spirit.
Text: Psalm 99:1-5; 8-9
1 The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! 2 The LORD is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he! 4 The King in his might loves justice. You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. 5 Exalt the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he! In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them; they kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them. 8 O LORD our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings. 9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy!
ILLUSTRATION: THE ZEAL OF COMMUNISTS.
In the late 1940s Whittaker Chambers was called to witness before a New York Grand Jury against Alger Hiss, one of among high government officials. Chambers, a one-time Communist, accused Hiss of trying to transmit confidential government documents to the Soviet Union through him.
When asked by one of the jurors what it meant to be a Communist, Chambers struggled to provide a clear answer. Finally he told them that when he was a Communist, he had three heroes.
His first hero was Polish, a political prisoner in Warsaw. While there, he insisted on cleaning the toilet of the other prisoners because he felt that the most devoted member of any community should take upon him the lowliest tasks as an example to those who were less devoted. "That," said Chambers, "is one thing it means to be a Communist."
His second hero was a German Jew who was captured and court-martialed during a revolution in Bavaria. When told that he was under the sentence of death, he replied, "We Communists are always under sentence of death." "That," said Chambers, "is another thing it means to be a Communist."
His third hero was Russian exiled to a Siberian prison camp where political prisoners were flogged. He sought some means of protesting that inhumane persecution. Finally in desperation he drenched himself with kerosene, set himself on fire, and burned himself to death as a protest against what he considered a great indignity. "That," repeated Chambers, "is also what it means to be a Communist."
How many of us Christians reveal that kind of commitment to our Lord? How zealous are you in Worshipping God?? Such commitment is costly.
o Worship is important to the church. As a matter of fact the church is powerless without worship.
o Worship is important to the soul. Worship is how we come into the presence of God.