- Unique view of worship is one of assembly distinctives vs denominational churches
- Spend 1/3 of our time together doing it
- Saw an example of improper worship in Wed night study (Dan 3)
- Most of this material stolen from Gibbs book on worship
- Some definitions of worship
- “the overflow of a grateful heart, under a sense of divine favor”
i. Ps 45:1 (Darby) My heart is welling forth with a good matter: I say what I have composed touching the king. My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
ii. Ps 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
iii. Thoughts of the glory and majesty of God should make our hearts overflow with love for Him
- “The outpouring of a soul at rest in the presence of God”
i. Song 2:3-4 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
ii. We are at rest in the presence of God because of the greatness of his deeds on our behalf. A proper appreciation of our situation will cause feelings of worship to come forth
- “Worship is the occupation of the heart, not with its needs, or even with its blessings, but with God himself” i. 2Sam 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.
ii. Illustrates distinction between prayer, praise and worship
1. Prayer concerns our needs
2. Praise concerns our blessings
3. Worship concerns God and who He is
- “Worship is the upspring of a heart that has know the Father as a giver, the Son as Savior, and the Holy Spirit as the indwelling guest” i. 1Co 2:14-15 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things
ii. True worship can only be given by a born-again believer
iii. Analogy of “living water”
1. Given to us at the new birth – John 3:5 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
2. Then springs up in the believer in worship – John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
3. What essentially is happening in worship, in this analogy, is the living water returning to its source
- Worship = worth-ship i. Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
ii. Rev 5:12 Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
iii. God is so great and so good that He deserves whatever honor we are able to give him
- Some scriptural examples of worship – mentioned 102 times in KJV
- Gen 22:5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. (The story of Abraham offering Isaac) i. A manifestation of Abraham’s faith in God
ii. Done in response to direct command from God
iii. Abraham was responding to God’s goodness by offering back to Him his most prized possession, his son Isaac
iv. (Same situation with David in 2Sa 24:24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
v. Abraham separated himself from the world to perform his act of worship – likewise the Jews were commanded to do that when they left Egypt – Ex 8:27 We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he shall command us.
- Matthew 2:1-12 – The coming of the wise men to worship the baby Jesus Illustrates some other aspects of worship
i. An act of those who were wise
ii. Romans 1:21-23 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Worshipping God is really the only truly wise thing a person can do.
iii. Worship calls for divine guidance – they were specifically instructed by God as to what they should do
iv. Like Abraham, their worship required separation, as well as a renouncing of their physical creature comforts
v. Their worship was conditioned on seeing the Son of God, and was not really consummated until they had come into His presence
vi. It involved the presentation of gifts to God
- John 12:1-11 – the story of Mary and Martha i. Mary didn’t come to hear Him speak or to serve Him, just to sit at His feet
ii. Neither did she come to ask anything of Him, nor to spend time in fellowship with other believers – in fact she ignored Martha
iii. She didn’t come to meet the host of the banquet, in fact we don’t even know who that was
iv. She didn’t come because it was popular. This was 6 days before His death and He was already distinctly unpopular with the leadership by that time
v. She poured out her best for Him
- Worship is an act that is distinct from everything else we do as believers #. It is something very important to the heart of God since it shows Him how much we appreciate Him
- If these scriptures are to be believed, the services that many denominations call worship really are nothing of the sort
- It is important for us to do it the right way
i. Not like Nebuchadnezzar’s followers
ii. Not like today’s Baptists, Methodists etc who confuse prayer and ministry with worship
iii. Will examine our mode of worship the next time I speak