Worship | VBS Series (Back To The Basics)

 In Sermon Notes

Psalm 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. (King James Version)

Psalm 47:1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. (King

James Version)

Psalm 150 (King James Version)

Praise ye the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary:

praise him in the firmament of his power.

Praise him for his mighty acts:

praise him according to his excellent greatness.

Praise him with the sound of the trumpet:

praise him with the psaltery and harp.

Praise him with the timbrel and dance:

praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

Praise him upon the loud cymbals:

praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.

Praise ye the Lord.

Today we are going to unpack the WHO, WHEN, and WHY of worship. To worship or not to

worship has never been the question. All of God's created beings are inherently worshippers.

It's the way we are made, it is in our DNA. If we don't worship God we will worship something.

Matthew 4:8-10 (NASB)

Again, the devil *took Him to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the

world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and

worship me.” Then Jesus *said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the

Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”

Jesus teaches us here WHO to direct our worship towards and the PRIORITY or worship.

Let's look at Satan's strategy to redirect Jesus' inherent need to worship as a man. Satan's

strategy always has and always will be to take our focus off of God and putting it on any and

everything else (lifestyle, material possessions, other people, self, and even ministry). In not

worshipping God we by default are worshipping Satan.

Then Jesus *said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your

God, and serve Him only.’”

How do we get to a place where we worship God in the way He desires to be worshipped?

Mark 12:28-30 (NASB)

One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them

well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” Jesus answered, “The foremost

is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all

your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

This is only possible with the Help of the Holy Spirit who not only will give us the desire

to do so but the ability to do so. If a love for God is not burning in your heart then either

you are not saved or your are quenching (to choke) the Holy Spirit by living life without

acknowledging Him.

When do we worship the Lord?

Worship first.

Then Jesus *said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your

God, and serve Him only.’”

Until we become worshippers we cannot serve God properly, everything we do for God must

come out of worship of God or what we do will become a substitute for worship.

WE will never fulfill our destiny, purpose and calling of God properly until first we establish a

relationship with God through WORSHIP.

WHY OF WORSHIP:

Worship brings us into a right relationship with God and ourselves

Worship brings us into a right expression of ourselves to God.

Matthew 15:22-28 (NASB)

And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy

on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” But He did not answer

her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she

keeps shouting at us.” But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the

house of Israel. (The woman was claiming a non existent relationship as an Israelite to get an

answer to her prayer. When God is giving us the silent treatment it could be because we are

claiming a non existent relationship) ” But she came and began to bow down (humility and

worship – worship opens doors with God) before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” And He

answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs. (Worship

will show us our true selves) ” But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs

which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it

shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once. (In other words come

to Jesus and worship Him right where you are, don't try to be someone you're not. This woman

was not an Israelite, she was a gentile sinner. When she humbled herself, worshipped Jesus

and was truthful about where she was, Jesus called it great faith and acknowledged her

request)

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