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Summary: Knowing and worshiping God is dangerous.

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Psalm 100 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. [4] Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. [5] For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Introduction:

I think I may have used this Scripture around Thanksgiving, but I was challenged in a devotional that I read a couple of weeks ago to read this Scripture everyday for at least 2 weeks. As I have been doing that, God has been speaking to me through this Scripture, and I have been seeing things that I didn’t see before. This week, after my back slipped out of place, doing daily things that we take for granted were suddenly more than I could do. Even the act of holding my Bible to study it, has been more than I could physically do. So in my pretty much helpless state, this Scripture would come back to me again and again to meditate upon. Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 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. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

A. Worship is dangerous:

I want you to know this morning that all this shouting for joy, worshiping, and singing is dangerous, in fact it can be dangerous to your health. A couple of weeks ago I found this out first hand. I was feeling down, and discouraged. I knew the answer was in praising God and so that is what I did. I went downstairs to the basement, got on the treadmill and started walking at a pretty fast speed. While I was walking I put a Carman C.D. in and began to sing with it, if that wasn’t enough I began to sign also. Now picture this…Here I am, walking rather fast, singing, signing, worshiping the Lord, with my eyes closed. It’s a recipe for disaster I tell you. I just about fell off and broke my neck. This is where I should tell you, “don’t try this at home”. But the truth is, you do need to try this at home, maybe not the part about walking fast with your eyes closed, but the rest of it. Praise God, shout for joy, worship the Lord with gladness and joyful songs – at home, at church, in the car, wherever you are you can praise the Lord.

Worshiping God is dangerous also to feelings of depression and discouragement. If we are honest, we know that there are times when we all get down for one reason or another, but we don’t have to stay there. When we praise and worship God we get our mind off of ourselves and our situations and we put our minds on the One who is able to do something about our problems. When we worship Him we get a whole new perspective on what is important and as we do that, His joy fills our hearts. Have you ever been there. One minute your discouraged or feeling down, and you start to praise God and then before you know it, the cloud has lifted and all you know is that you are standing on Holy ground. You are in the presence of God almighty.


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