WORSHIP: IT’S ALL ABOUT WHO GOD IS! (9/24/2023)
Romans 11:33–36 (GNB) How great are God’s riches! How deep are his wisdom and knowledge! Who can explain his decisions? Who can understand his ways? 34As the scripture says: “Who knows the mind of the Lord? Who is able to give him advice? 35Who has ever given him anything, so that he had to pay it back?”
36For all things were created by him, and all things exist through him and for him. To God be the glory forever! Amen.
“The irony of the gospel is that we live through the death of the God we murdered.”
The primary way we worship God is in how we respond to him, how eagerly we obey him, how much we treasure him.
1. All of God’s works are designed to lead us to awe and worship.
Romans 9:23 He(God) does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory.
Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God.”
Romans 8:18, “I am convinced that the sufferings of this present time are not even worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed to us.”
2. All Reading and Studying of God’s Word Should Lead to and End in Worship
The purpose of Bible study is: not just to expand our spiritual understanding but to set our hearts on fire with passion.
The point of the Bible is not to fill your head with knowledge but your heart with awe and wonder of the Sovereign God.
Worship is the point!
3. Worship becomes real to us Believers with the right posture of humility toward God.
Our worship often gets frustrated by two false assumptions: The first is that we are smarter or more fair or more compassionate than God.
The second is that God is somehow being unfair to us.
What does God owe you? Nothing. Only condemnation.
4. The best worship is grounded in who God is, not your perception of what he’s doing in your circumstances.
Real joy happens when you trust a God who is faithful in all seasons whether you understand them out not.
The best praise, the most joy-giving praise, is anchored in who you know God to be--and that is not known primarily through his small tokens of his favor in your life--but through his dramatic work of salvation in human history.
God revealed himself as Jehovah Rapha: I AM your healer
Jehovah Tsidkenu: I will be your righteousness
Jehovah Shammah: I AM the God who is ever present
Jehovah Raah: I AM your Shepherd
Jehovah Jireh: I AM your Provider
Do you want to know what God is really like? Look at Jesus. Jesus said if we’ve seen him we’ve seen the Father.
Deut. 29:29, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”
5. We can worship even when we don’t understand
Worship is about who God is, not how you and I feel.
“Where I can’t trace his hand, I can trust his heart.”