Presentation on theme: "Bow the Knee Meaningful Worship When Worship… Works Revelation 4:11."— Presentation transcript:
Bow the Knee Meaningful Worship When Worship… Works Revelation 4:11
Introduction (2Chronicles 7:14) What does it mean, “seek my face”? We were created to worship God, to bring Him pleasure (Revelation 4:11) But do we? Especially in our worship? Meaningful worship worries about whether GOD gets anything out of our lives; Out of our time at Church! I so want us to WANT to bless the Lord… But how? What has to be changed in you and me? What different way should we see our worship, that will help us to bless our precious Lord?
My Saviour Pleases God (2Peter 1:17) Just His very Person impresses God (John 8:29)! His Punishment on the cross blessed God (Isaiah 53:4-6,10) His Relations please God (Hebrews 2:11) – that’s every born again child of God folks! He’s not ashamed of his family, IF you are in it!!! You had better KNOW Him, not just know ABOUT Him! Are you in His family? Are you His child? Is He your Saviour, or is He just an icon, a picture, an image on a wall?
My Position Pleases God (Luke 18:9-14) Humbled – at the bottom – no demands It is more than reverence (Psalm 147:10,11) It is good to know that ALL of us are on the same level before God… Even if you are a king (1Kings 3:10) The BOTTOM is the only place that God blesses! God is not talking about being pitiful, and wimpy, and a push-over! No, no, NO! Humility is being passionate about “others,” and not worrying about yourself at all!!! Folks, at the root of all problems, and contentions, whether in your home, at this church, in your heart is what? Pride! (Pr 13:10)
My Panting Pleases God (Psalm 42:1,2; 63:1,2) Worship comes from an intense desire for God, instead of for things! A hunger, desire, thirst, dependence just on God “No other gods” the first commandment demands! NONE! There is something pleasant when we desire to please Him only – to do the things that make HIM happy, that bless God’s heart! Oh that men would desire to find ALL their help in Him alone – not as the last one you finally call on when everything else has failed! What hypocrisy!
My Purity Pleases God (Psalm 29:2; Titus 2:14) Worship occurs only when I am seeking my life to be clean, and holy. Every person in the Bible who came and worshipped the Lord, KNEW their lives were a mess But they came with the desire to be washed, and cleansed, and pure, and made whole Worship does not come from perfection, but from yieldedness to His work in your life You CANNOT worship God with a heart full of sin (especially hidden sins), but you most certainly CAN worship God with a heart that is seeking to be cleansed! Some Examples…
My Patience Pleases God (Luke 8:11-15) Our patience with God proves DEPTH to our relationship with Him God promises that He is working, and will finish His work, and make all things beautiful, but only… IN HIS TIME What we have is a very impatient generation.
The Lord has a lot to say about our need for patience… For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. (Hebrews 10:36) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1) Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him. (Psalms 37:7)
The Lord has a lot to say about our need for patience… I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. (Psalms 40:1) Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. (Ecclesiastes 7:8) But we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope. (Romans 5:3,4) Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; (Romans 12:12)
The Lord has a lot to say about our need for patience… For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4) Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: (Romans 15:5) Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; (Colossians 1:11)
The Lord has a lot to say about our need for patience… And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient. (2 Timothy 2:24) That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith AND PATIENCE inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:12) Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed. (Psalm 25:3)
My Place of Service Pleases God (1Corinthians 12:13-18) Being Part of a Body (assembled) Our place will be a place of… Contentment – wherever God has placed me Concern - about OTHERS and their needs instead of myself Consistency – reliability - not undependable, but always there for others, like your leg is there for you! Aren’t you glad your lips don’t fall out with your nose and fall off and run away until they feel better?
Conclusion (Revelation 4:11) Personal Relationship Position – Low Panting Purity Patience Place of Service Six key areas that need to be nurtured in our lives if our worship is to be meaningful to the One we are worshipping!!!