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Worshipping in a pagan world

Worship comes from the heart
An undivided heart: I will praise You with my whole heart;
I will praise You with my whole heart;
A worship that can’t be silenced: Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
No intimidation by the false worship of false gods
No recognition or endorsement of these gods
No compromise with the foreign gods
Before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. Why should these idols rob Jehovah of his praises? The Psalmist will not for a moment suspend his songs because there are images before him, and their foolish worshippers might not approve of his music. I believe David referred to the false gods of the neighbouring nations, and the deities of the surviving Canaanites. He was not pleased that such gods were set up; but he intended to express at once his contempt of them, and his own absorption in the worship of the living Jehovah by continuing most earnestly to sing wherever he might be. It would be paying these dead idols too much respect to cease singing because they were perched aloft. In these days when new religions are daily excogitated, and new gods are set up, it is well to know how to act. Bitterness is forbidden, and controversy is apt to advertise the heresy; the very best method is to go on personally worshipping the Lord with unvarying zeal, singing with heart and voice his royal praises. Do they deny the Divinity of our Lord? Let us the more fervently adore him. Do they despise the atonement? Let us the more constantly proclaim it. Had half the time spent in councils and controversies been given to praising the Lord, the church would have been far sounder and stronger than she is at this day. The Hallelujah Legion will win the day. Praising and singing are our armour against the idolatries of heresy, our comfort under the depression caused by insolent attacks upon the truth, and our weapons for defending the gospel. Faith when displayed in cheerful courage, has about it a sacred contagion: others learn to believe in the Most High when they see his servant —Charles Spurgeon
True worship is directed by and to God
Temple worship gave us a pattern but more importantly it gave us the purpose, to worship the true and living God
The place of worship is holy: I will worship toward Your holy temple,
I will worship toward Your holy temple,
John 4:19–24 NKJV
The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
God chose the Jewish people and Jerusalem
John 4:
God desires the worship from the heart
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Worship is only acceptable if it is based upon the truth and led by the Holy Spirit of God
The purpose of worship is to exalt and praise His name: And praise Your name
True worship brings praise for His steadfast love and truth (God’s word)
And praise Your name
His name speaks of His steadfast love
Praise Him for His steadfast love and truth (God’s word): For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
His name speaks of His
For His name and word are above all: For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
Philippians 2:10–11 NKJV
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Philippians 2:9–11 NKJV
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:9-10
John 4:19–24 NKJV
The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:19-24
God chose the Jewish people and Jerusalem
God desires the worship from the heart
Worship is only acceptable if it is based upon the truth and led by the Holy Spirit of God
Worship includes prayer
God answers prayer: In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
It was a bitter, earnest, eager prayer, as natural and as plaintive as the cry of a babe. The Lord answered it, but what answer can there be to a cry? -- to a mere inarticulate wail of grief? Our heavenly Father is able to interpret tears, and cries, and he replies to their inner sense in such a way as fully meets the case. —Charles Spurgeon
God strengthens our soul with strength: And made me bold with strength in my soul.
And made me bold with strength in my soul.
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
The burden might not be removed but strength is given to bear it —Charles Spurgeon
God gives us daily stength
God gives us the right amount of strength

Worshipping in a way that converts kings

All will praise God
It will be honored by all: All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord,
Revelation 1:5 NKJV
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord,
Revelation 21:24 NKJV
And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Not our murmuring and complaining
Not our causes or political view points
Those who listen with faith will be converted and prompted by the Holy Spirit to praise God
It’s a certainity all will join in the singing
Singing of His ways: Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
Singing of His great glory: For great is the glory of the Lord.
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
For great is the glory of the Lord.
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Worshipping that carries us through trials

God reaches down to us
The LORD’s exalted position: Though the Lord is on high
Though the Lord is on high
The LORD shows kindness to the lowly: Yet He regards the lowly;
God’s glory does not diminish His grace
Zechariah 9:9 NKJV
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Yet He regards the lowly;
Luke 1:48 NKJV
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
Luke 1:52 NKJV
He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly.
The LORD remains distant from the proud: But the proud He knows from afar.
But the proud He knows from afar.
He doesn’t need to be close to see their inward arrogance
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
They are like Cain, Pharoah and the Pharisees (Charles Spurgeon)
God goes with us through the troubles of life
He’s is there to preserve us: You will revive me;
Psalm 23:4 NKJV
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:
You will revive me;
He reaches down one hand to stop the enemy: You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies
You will stretch out Your hand
He reaches down His other hand to take a hold of us: And Your right hand will save me.
And Your right hand will save me.
Against the wrath of my enemies
Matthew 14:30–31 NKJV
But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Matthew 15:30-31
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
God will finish His work on and in us
God’s purpose for us will be accomplished: The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
All my interests are safe in Jehovah's hands. —Charles Spurgeon
It’s His mercy that assures us: Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
He will never stop working in our lives: Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Philippians 1:6 NKJV
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
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