Freedom To Worship
Celebrate Freedom: Freedom to Worship
Psalm 5: 1-12
Webster’s defines worship as “an ardent, extreme love towards something or someone.”
Worship is a huge thing.
We look forward to worship every week.
When the music includes one of our favorites, we say, “the worship was great!”
When the music stinks, we yawn and wonder why the worship wasn’t very good.
We leave churches because of “worship styles”
Worship is a huge thing.
Have you ever wondered if we’re more concerned with what worship does FOR US and less concerned with the object of our worship?
It seems like it’s more about what we give not what we give.
It would be like taking a birthday present to a friend’s birthday party, but keeping it for yourself.
Worship is all about GIVING our lives (again) to God.
Worship is not about the feelings we get when we sing.
Worship is not about convincing God to bless us
Worship is not about whether the drums are too loud.
Worship is not about what is happening on stage.
Worship is not about entertainment, lighting, or sound.
Worship is not about us at all.
IT’S NOT ABOUT US, IT’S ABOUT HIM!
At the cross we surrender
At the cross we cry
At the cross we give up
At the cross we shut up
At the cross we kneel
At the cross we confess.
When we worship, we look at God and place Him above all else because He is worth it.
Life gets crazy and painful sometimes. No one can deny that.
No one is asking you to pretend that those things aren’t affecting you.
You are just being invited to bring all that stuff to the cross, and to simply gaze at Jesus.
And as you look at Him, allow your response to be – WORSHIP.
When we worship God, we are ascribing worth or value to Him. There is nothing in this world that is more valuable! After all, He created everything that is here. Worship is simply coming into God’s presence, leaving all else behind, and communing with the Almighty.
This morning I want us to get a glimpse of what true worship is according to God. Where do we look? Why not the Bible’s Book of Worship, Psalms. The psalms were written by various men. Many were written by the great King David. We want to look at the fifth psalm this morning. Here we will find three things that will lead us to finding freedom to worship the Most High.
In verses 1-3 we find a reminder that (Point 1) RIGHT WORSHIP MUST BEGIN WITH THE RIGHT FOCUS.
In verses 4-10 we come to understand that (Point 2) COMING INTO HIS PRESENCE REQUIRES CLEAN CONDUCT.
In verses 11-12 we see that (Point 3) BELIEVERS HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF BEHOLDING GOD’S BLESSINGS.