Worship makes a difference in the life of a believer! We were created for worship and when we worship our Father– particularly in times of pain or sorrow, we thwart the plans of the Devil. He was once the worship leader of heaven, the Morning Star who was cast down to Earth when he tried to usurp the authority of God. Mankind was formed in “enemy territory” to show that we have a joy that is not dependent upon circumstances but is unchanging like our God who Himself is unchanging. He is always good!
You might ask yourself why religious persecution is also on the rise with the latest examples being Canadian Pastors Artur Pawlowski and James Coates? The answer is the Enemy. The god of this world hates the worship of God. He is so intimated by worship in the Church that he will do anything to silence it. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
God is distinct and holy. He is not a lover, a marriage partner, or a friend. God is the Sustainer and Creator who is worthy of worship. We have to bring theology and worship back together again rooted in God’s Word. When we do that, we experience the 7 Blessings of Worship.
Worship properly ordered brings God’s presence into our lives and when we are in His presence, we are blessed. The first step is to acknowledge that our sins need to be washed away through the blood of Jesus Christ. Only then can we joyfully surrender our lives to God through giving, singing, and serving. The world will not approve of our decisions, however, when we worship God in holiness and truth according to who He is and not who we want Him to be, a prophetic atmosphere is created which empowers us to do greater things for His glory. When we exalt God, He expands our life. He lifts us up and protects us. WORSHIP makes the DIFFERENCE: don’t neglect it, don’t dishonor it, you need it!
Key Verse: 2 Samuel 6:12-14
Then King David was told, “The LORD has blessed Obed-edom’s household and everything he has because of the Ark of God.” So David went there and brought the Ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the City of David with a great celebration. After the men who were carrying the Ark of the LORD had gone six steps, David sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. And David danced before the LORD with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.
Theme: Worship properly ordered brings God’s presence into our lives and when we are in His presence we are blessed.
Scriptures Studied: Luke 10:18; 2 Samuel 6; 1 Chronicles 15:13; 1 Chronicles 15:26; 1 Chronicles 16:1-7; 1 Chronicles 25:2; 1 Peter 3:3-4; Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:10; 1 Corinthians 14:1; 1 Timothy 4:14; Hebrews 12:28-29; Matthew 15:8-9 ; John 4 ; Ephesians 1:4; Matthew 5:16
Points to Note:
Reminder, the story of Saul & David is Our Story:
Kingdom of Saul | Self-Absorbed and Insecure | Passing Away
Kingdom of David | Self-Less & Dependent on God | Arriving
In God-Ordained Worship:
Recognize the Following:
Questions to Consider:
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