August 28, 2016

The Psalm of Praise

Passage: Psalm 100
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Bible Text: Psalm 100 | Preacher: Pastor Steve | Series: The Psalms of Summer
It is our responsibility to worship the LORD for who He is, what He has done and what He will do!
How do we worship God?  Why do we worship God?
Verse 1 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
Joshua 6:16 And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: Shout, for the Lord has given you the city!
Shout: (ruwa) to split the ears (with sound), i.e. shout (for alarm or joy) 
We are commanded to be joyful. Happiness is thing-centered, people-centered, or event-centered.  But JOY is God-centered (Hebrews 13:8).
Verse 2 Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing.
Serve: (’abad) work for, serve; do labor for someone; worship
Serve is a synonym for worship. We have a personal responsibility to offer service to the Lord.
Verse 3 Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Know (yada) to know by observing and reflecting (thinking), and to know by experiencing
God is God Alone!
Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods before me.
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God, the Lord is one.
Isaiah 42:8 I am the Lord that is my name. I will not give my glory to another or my praise to carved idols.
Verse 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Thanksgiving (todah) give thanks, praise, sacrifice of praise
Bless (barach) to bless, salute, congratulate, thank, praise; to kneel down
Verse 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.
Reason #1 For the Lord is good
Reason #2 His mercy is everlasting
Reason #3 His truth endures to all generations
His Mercy is Everlasting
On the one hand, God has affection and passion for us as His people. On the other side, He has made a covenant or commitment to us that He promises to never break.
This Psalm teaches us to acknowledge that the Lord is God!
His Truth Endures
God is our Creator; we did not create ourselves.  God alone is worthy of being worshiped.
Worship (shachah) to bow down before someone as an act of submission or reverence; to worship; the primary meaning is “to make oneself low.”
Worship is an Event and a Process
The goal of our worship is to be focused on the LORD
The priority of worship is to see only the LORD
The LORD is looking to His worshipers, not just worship

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