Summary: An Expository Message From Psalm 100 On The Characteristics Of The Worship That Is A Delight To God. The Worship That God Wants. Part 2 of 2
Pastor Larry Sarver
New Life in Christ
1633 SW 34th St. Palm City, FL 34990
Illustration: As a pastor I often receive through the mail much information on the subject of worship. Usually this information consist of polls and surveys about worship. Such things as were the people satisfied with their worship, did they experience God presence, what would they do to improve the worship, etc. Many of the book offers on worship are on the subject of improving your worship and what they mean by that is having a worship time that people will respond to a like better. The concern I have is that the central focus of the books in the poles and the surveys is what do the people want. I think that the central and most important question we can ask if our we giving God the worship that he wants?
Last week as we began to look at this Psalm I asked the question: "our we giving God the worship that he wants?" All read bringing him the gift or the offering that he desires? To enter that question we have to do the qualities or the characteristics of the worship that God wants. In this Psalm will find three qualities or characteristics of the worship that God wants. We look at one last week in tonight will look at the other two characteristics of the worship that God wants.
As a review I would remind you of how important worship is to God. Last week we noted in a brief summary of several Bible accounts how important worship was to God. We noted the stories obtaining able-1 whose worship was rejected, and one whose worship was excepted. When the did the stories of May debt and Avenue-the sons of Aaron, who were stuck dead because of improper worship. We also noted the Old Testament book of Malachi which was addressed to those who were giving halfhearted and unacceptable worship. They were under occurs because of a wrong attitude in their worship of God. Knowing and giving God the worship that he wants it very, very important. We also noted last week that we can worship God in many ways but the primary emphasis of this Psalm and the rest of Scripture is owned verbal worship. This is the kind of worship that we bring to him when we gathered together in Psalm and the kind of worship we should be bringing to him when we come to him in prayer. What is the worship that God wants?
I. Worship that God wants is joyful.
We Saul this in verses 1 and two which tell us to "shout for joy", "worship was gladness", into saying "joyful songs." Our attitude in our hearts are to be filled with joyful celebration and expression when we come into his presence to worship him. It does not matter our current circumstances, our personality type, or our particular tradition. The Bible says that we all are to come to him with joy in our worship. We will see later that God command is to be joyful with good reason. Surely if Paul and silence could saying in the dungeon week as saying joyfully also. Let’s make sure we’re giving God the worship that he wants.