The English word “worship” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “worth-ship,” which refers to extolling the praises of God because he’s worthy of our praise! Why do we worship?
He is A_____________________!
2 Samuel 22:4 – “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.”
Note: 1 Chronicles 16:25; Psalm 18:3; 48:1; 96:4; 145:3 Revelation 5:12 – “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
The closer we get to God through Jesus, the clearer we see him for who he is – and the more we delight in worship. What does worship do?
1. Worship puts all the things that stress us out in B___________________.
Does worship meet some need in God? No! “… He is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” (Acts 17:24)
As the songwriter said – when we turn our eyes upon Jesus, “The things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace!” Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, Helen Howarth Lemmel (1863-1961)
2. Worship gives me spiritual C___________________.
2 Chronicles 20:6 – “Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.” – King Jehoshaphat “…we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (vs. 12)
“Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (vs. 15) “He appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” (vs. 21) Where and When should I praise?
When you’re D_______________, and together in your E_________________.
Individual worship and worship with a few:
Hebrews 13:15 – “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.”
Psalm 92:1-2 – “It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.” Acts 16:25 – “praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” Worshiping in that prison enabled Paul and Silas’ hearts to be strengthened, and they were bearing witness to their fellow prisoners of the power of God and the goodness of Jesus.
Praise is meant to be done together within the F__________________ of God’s people.
Psalm 95:1-2: “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving…” Vs. 6 – “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, …”