Presentation on theme: "I Celebrate You, Lord March 18. Think About It What are some of your favorite celebrations? How might you celebrate God? This week we look at how we."— Presentation transcript:
I Celebrate You, Lord March 18
Think About It What are some of your favorite celebrations? How might you celebrate God? This week we look at how we can celebrate each week or even each day our relationship with the Lord.
Listen for what is being celebrated here. Psalm 92:1-4 (NIV) A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day. It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High,  to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,  to the music of the ten- stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.  For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.
Celebrate God in Worship How does the psalm introduce its topic? What does this passage celebrate? What “works of God’s hands” in your life make you want to praise the Lord? The psalmist said it is “good to praise the Lord.” What are some ways in which it is “good”?
Celebrate God in Worship If worship is good, why are there times we view it as drudgery? How can you break the pattern of feeling like it is a duty or a drudgery?
Celebrate God in Worship What are the benefits of worshiping as a congregation? What methods of praise are mentioned? What is it about music that can enhance the celebration factor of a worship service?
Listen for what happens to the enemies of God. Psalm 92:5-9 (NIV) How great are your works, O Lord, how profound your thoughts!  The senseless man does not know, fools do not understand,  that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be forever destroyed.  But you, O Lord, are exalted forever.  For surely your enemies, O Lord, surely your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered.
Eternal Realities of Worship What do these verses celebrate? What words and phrases are used to describe people who do not follow God? Why is it foolish to ignore or openly rebel against God? Verse 8 says that God is exalted forever. How can that affect our daily personal worship?
Eternal Realities of Worship What do you observe around you in everyday life that gives evidence that God is being exalted? How would the fact of God’s eternal/forever exaltation affect our congregation (corporate) worship?
Listen for comments about old age Psalm 92:10-15 (NIV) You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured upon me.  My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.  The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
Listen for comments about old age  planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.  They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,  proclaiming, "The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him."
Enjoy the Benefits of Worship What had the Lord done for the psalm writer? What imagery is used to describe the benefits of those who worship the Lord? Under what circumstances do the righteous flourish?
Enjoy the Benefits of Worship In what way will the righteous “bear fruit”? What would cause or enable a believer to “still bear fruit in old age”?