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 Our Worship and Praise Unto God!

 09-04-2019  Part 1     

This afternoon as we return back to the Old Testament Book of Psalms, as you know for some time, we have been working our way through the Psalms and the Proverbs, going back-and-forth from one book to the other book, and looking at certain chapters, and certain verses.

In fact, we have entitled this series, "Applying The Psalms And Proverbs For Daily Living."

We are learning how many of the Psalms & Proverbs can truly help you and I in any situation, or circumstance that we are dealing with, if applied!

Now this afternoon, we will begin a new subject from the Book of Psalms along with other parts of the Old and New Testaments, concerning Our Worship and Praise Unto God!

But first let’s consider some true or false questions when it comes to this particular subject of Worship and Praise Unto God! .

1.  True or False                                                                                                                      Is worship and praise unto God, just an event that we come to?

2. True or False.                                                                                                                    Is worship and praise unto God, just a schedule activity during the week, that we may or may not support when we are too busy?

3. True or False.                                                                                                                     Is worship and praise unto God, just something that we do externally, musically, emotionally, or entertainingly?

4. True or False.                                                                                                                Is worship and praise unto God, to be all about us?  For example, we have heard it said, “When the praises go up, the blessings come down!

5. True or False.              Worship and praise unto God is what we do throughout the week, and not just on Sundays only?

6. True or False.                                                                                                              When it comes to congregational worship and praise unto God, the membership should especially be open to, and grateful for the many kinds of musical and singing styles by the worship leader, the worship team, the musicians, and the audio and visual team or person, these faithful individuals who we having trusted to minister unto us. Whether the music and singing style is traditional or contemporary. Whether it is liturgical or Pentecostal.  Whether it is with Instruments or no instruments. Whether it is videos or special lighting, or not. It shouldn’t matter?

7. True or False.                                                                                                                   When it comes to congregational worship and praise unto God, the membership should want to be on time so that they can participate from the very beginning until it’s end.

8. True or False.                                                                                                                   Worship and praise unto God, should continue throughout the entire church service and not just at the beginning of a church service, from the opening prayer, until the final prayer and benediction?

9. True or False.                                                                                                                When it comes to congregational worship and praise unto God, the membership should be enthusiastically supported, with full participation and involvement?

10. True or False.                                                                                                            When it comes to congregational worship and praise unto God, the membership should be willing to make this a high priority within their church service.  And it should never be seen or treated as a prelude, or as the opening act before the headliner at a music concert?

Also, that day 9-4-19 as a bible study group we took the time to look at the first 5 minutes of this YouTube video link below on the subject of what is worship?  How to worship God?

Afterwards we had a wonderful discussion about the video that will help us to move forward in the weeks ahead.

Note: please take a look at this entire 30-minute YouTube video link below on the subject of what is worship?  How to worship God?

If for some reason you cannot access this YouTube link let me know, and I can send it to you a different way, as a separate email, or as a text.

https://youtu.be/EJbhZF9e7lY

Now, notice the correct answers, for our true or false questions concerning worship and praise unto God.

1. Is False!                                                                                                                           Is worship and praise unto God, just an event that we come to?

2. Is False!                                                                                                                            Is worship and praise unto God, just a schedule activity during the week, that we may or may not support when we are too busy?

3. Is False!                                                                                                                           Is worship and praise unto God, just something that we do externally, musically, emotionally, or entertainingly?

4. Is False!                                                                                                                        Is worship and praise unto God, to be all about us?  For example, we have heard it said, “When the praises go up, the blessings come down!

5. Is True!                                                                                                                          Worship and praise unto God is what we do throughout the week, and not just on Sundays only?

6. Is True!                                                                                                                  When it comes to congregational worship and praise unto God, the membership should especially be open to, and grateful for the many kinds of musical and singing styles by the worship leader, the worship team, the musicians, and the audio and visual team or person, these faithful individuals who we having trusted to minister unto us.  Whether the music and singing style is traditional or contemporary.  Whether it is liturgical or Pentecostal.   Whether it is with instruments or no instruments.  Whether it is videos or special lighting, or not.  It shouldn’t matter?

7. Is True!                                                                                                                               When it comes to congregational worship and praise unto God, the membership should want to be on time so that they can participate from the very beginning until it’s end.

8. Is True!                                                                                                                            Worship and praise unto God, should continue throughout the entire church service and not just at the beginning of a church service.  But from the opening prayer, until the final prayer and benediction?

9. Is True!                                                                                                                               When it comes to congregational worship and praise unto God, the membership should be enthusiastically supported, with full participation and involvement?

10. Is True!                                                                                                                            When it comes to congregational worship and praise unto God, the membership should be willing to make this a high priority within their church service.  And it should never be seen or treated as a prelude, or as the opening act before the headliner at a music concert?

Lastly, we gave out this handout to expressed how times have changed.

For the word ‘Worship’ could be used in a personal way to refer to one self, or one’s self-interest.

Melissa Jefferson professionally known as Lizzo, is a singer, songwriter, rapper and actress.                                                                                                                            One of her popular songs ‘Worship’, was used by Weight Watchers for one of their commercials.                                                                                                                   Also “Worship,” was used for a 30 second Cadillac commercial for their 2018, XT5 SUV.

http://www.spiritmusicgroup.com/News/Video/2018-Cadillac-Spot

On an album by Lizzo called, Coconut Oil from 2016, is one of the songs called, ‘Worship!’  And this is just a few of the lyrics from that song.

“Hands to the sky, show me that you’re mine.                                                                       Hands to the sky, show me that you're mine and baby, worship me, worship me,                On your knees,                              patiently,                                                                                                                          quietly,                                 faithfully,                                                                                                                            worship me!                                                                                                                           Feel that lightning down in my soul, and if you wanna feel the thunder, baby, better let me know.                                                                                                                               Let me know,                                                                                                                            I'm lit, don't mess with it, stand back, let me do my (she used an expletive).                            I’m lit, don't mess with it, Hands to the sky, show me that you're mine.                                Hands to the sky, show me that you're mine and baby worship me, worship me, on your knees,                                                                                                                                      patiently,                                                                             quietly,                                                                                                                                        faithfully,                                                                                worship me.”

09/11/2019   Part 2

Now, this afternoon, we want to continue with our new subject from the Book of Psalms, along with other parts of the Old and New Testaments, concerning our worship and praise unto God!

Read Psalms 95:                                                                                                                Vs. 1.  Oh come, let us sing unto the Lord!  Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.                                                                                                                                   Vs. 2.  Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully unto Him with Psalms.                                                                                                                 Vs. 3.  For the Lord is the Great God, and the Great King above all gods.                    Vs. 6.  Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.                                                                                                                                   Vs. 7.  For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice.                                                                                 Vs. 8.  Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness.

Now, when it comes to worship and praise unto God, there are two important statements we must consider!

And when it comes to worship and praise unto God, there are two important questions we must answer.

First, when it comes to worship and praise unto God, there are two important statements we must consider.  Number One, your worship and praise unto God, probably says more about you personally, than anything else you can say or do for God!                                                                                                                              And the second important statement we must consider is, your worship and praise unto God, is at the core of your identity, your purpose and your existence.

Note: Our Bible study group took turns explaining why they thought these two statements were true for them and why.

How about for you, are these two statements true for you, and why?

Next, when it comes to worship and praise unto God, there are two important questions we must answer.

The first question is, what is worship and praise unto God all about?                         And The second question is, what is the difference between worshiping or praising God?

Now, our first question, what is worship unto God all about?

Worship unto God should include but, it is not limited unto these areas.                        •The humbling of oneself because of someone who is greater than I.                             •The magnification, or to magnify someone who is more capable, more wiser, and more reliable than I.                                                                                                          •The glorification, or to glorify someone as supreme and divine. Not mortal, human, or finite!                                                                                                                              •Worship unto God what should it be all about?  It is to focus, or to be in awe, or obsess with someone’s presence, splendor, greatness, attributes, character, and abilities. •Worship unto God what should it be all about?  It is to give, or to offer a sacrifice, or a gift, or even the giving of oneself, because of who they are to you!                               •Worship unto God what should it be all about?  It is the renewing of my allegiance, my service, my admiration, my love, my dedication because of who they are unto me!

Note:  We ran out of time as our Bible study group took turns expressing what worship unto God should be all about?

How about for you, what should worship unto God be all about? 

09-18-2019   Part 3   

Now this afternoon, we want to continue with our new subject from the Book of Psalms, along with other parts of The Old and New Testaments, concerning Our Worship And Praise Unto God!

Read Psalms 95:                                                                                                            Vs. 1.  Oh come, let us sing unto the Lord!  Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation Vs. 2.  Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully unto Him with Psalms.                                                                                                            Vs. 3.  For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods.                     Vs. 4.  In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also.   (It all belongs to Him).                                                                                             Vs. 5.  The sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land.                   Vs. 6.  Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our maker.     Vs. 7.  For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. *today, if you will hear His voice.                                                                               Vs. 8.  Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness Vs. 9.  (God is speaking) When your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they saw My Work.                                                                                                                        Vs. 10.  For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said this is a people who go astray in their hearts. And they do not know My ways.                                     Vs. 11.  So, I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest.

Note: When did this all take place?  To better understand this section of Psalms 95: 7b thru 11, please read Numbers 13: 1-33, and Numbers 14: 1-38 altogether.

However, our main question is, what is the difference between worshiping or praising God? Are they the same?                                                                                                           Are they just synonyms?                                                                                                     Or, is there a big difference?

Notice again Psalms 95:                                                                                                   Vs. 1.  Oh come, let us sing unto the Lord!  Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our Salvation Vs. 2.  Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully unto Him with Psalms.                                                                                                            Vs. 3.  For the Lord is the Great God, and the Great King above all gods.                    Vs. 4.  In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also. (It all belongs to Him). Vs. 5. The sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land.

Listen, even though the English word or words praise, or praise You, or praise the LORD is not used in vs.1-5.

Yet we know that is exactly what the unnamed Psalmist is doing here in vs.1-5, He is praising the LORD!

However, notice a change from praise to worship in Psalms 95:                                    Vs. 6.  Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Vs. 7.  For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture land, and the sheep of His hand.  *Today, if you will hear His voice.                                                                   Vs. 8.  Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the Wilderness Vs. 9.  (God is speaking) when your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they saw My work.                                                                                                                                Vs. 10. For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said this is a people who go astray in their hearts. And they do not know My ways.                                             Vs. 11. So, I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest.

Now here in Psalms 95:                                                                                                  Vs. 6.  It said, “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”

Listen, the English word ‘worship’ is used, and are expressed by the phrases that are said in vs. 6 thru vs. 11, that helps us to know that worship is more about the attitude of one’s heart, than anything else!

And therefore, vs. 6 thru vs. 11, makes a distinction, and a difference between worshiping God, or praising God which can be done all at the same time.

For example, notice the attitude of the heart expressed by the phrases that are in vs. 6 thru vs. 11, that helps us to know that worship is more about the attitude of the heart than anything else.

Vs. 6. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Vs. 7.  For He is our God, (Elohim) and we are the people of His pasture land, and the sheep of His hand.  Stop there!

And we learned last week, that one of the ways our worship unto God should be about the renewing of our allegiance, our service, our admiration (love), our dedication because of Who He is unto us!

Now vs. 7 continues, today, if you will hear His voice.                                                        Vs. 8.  Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness Vs. 9.  (God is speaking) When your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they saw My work.                                                                                                                         Vs. 10.  For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said this is a people who go astray in their hearts. and they do not know My ways.                                         Vs. 11. So, I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest.

We also learned last week, two other ways our worship unto God should be!

First, the humbling of oneself because of someone who is greater than I.

And secondly, the magnification, or to magnify someone who is more capable, more wiser, and more reliable than I.

However, our main question is, what is the difference between worshiping or praising God?                                                                                                                              Are they the same?                                                                                                         Are they just synonyms?                                                                                                      Or, is there a big difference?

Well remember, the worship of God is the humbling of oneself because of someone who is greater than I.

*But my praise of God will include my gratitude, my thankfulness, my appreciation for who He is, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.                                                                           For all that He has done, for all that He is doing, and for all that He will do!

Question, what is the difference between worshiping or praising God?

Remember, the worship of God is the magnification, or to magnify someone who is more capable, more wiser, and more reliable than I.

*But, my praise unto God will include the exulting of God for being Father, Son and Holy Spirit, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.  The same yesterday, today, and forever. The first and the last. The beginning and the end. The Alpha and the Omega!

Question, what is the difference between worshiping or praising God?

Remember, the worship of God is the glorification, or to glorify someone as Supreme and Divine.  Not mortal, human, or finite!

*But, my praise unto God will include my dependency and trust in God for His sovereignty, His control, His care for me, no matter what!

•Question, what is the difference between worshiping or praising God?

Remember, the worship of God is to focus, or to be in awe, or obsess with someone’s presence, splendor, greatness, attributes, character, and abilities.

*But, my praise unto God can be based on His mighty acts and actions on my behalf both seen and unseen, known and unknown.

•Question, what is the difference between worshiping or praising God?

Remember, the worship of God is to give, or to offer a sacrifice, or a gift, or even the giving of oneself, because of who they are to you!

*But, my praise unto God is because of His personal involvement in my situation or circumstance when I needed help.

Finally, what is the difference between worshiping or praising God?

Remember, the worship of God is the renewing of my allegiance, my service, my admiration (love), my dedication because of who they are unto me!

*But, my praise unto God should never be based on what I have or what I don’t have. or my circumstance or my situation.  Or, my emotions or my feelings.  Or, about my needs, or the desire to be seen by men!

 

 

 

 

 

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