Sunday, May 27, 2018 - Worship: Expressing Love to the Lover
Pastor Roger C. Marcos
May 27, 2018
WORSHIP CAN REVITALIZE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
Text: Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and Serve Him Only. Matthew 4:10 NIV
Why Would God Require His People to Worship Him? Remember that worship does not just benefit God - it also benefits those who worship.
The Father Seeks Worshippers.. And His worshippers worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
1. To Worship In Spirit Means to “WORSHIP In LOVE”.
No Love, no Worship.
Worship isn’t limited to a short singing event at church. We’re made for continual worship. How many times we praise the Lord in a day?
I’ll praise you seven times a day. Ps119.164
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.Ps.103.1
For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:
With my heart: I love you, Lord. You are my strength. Ps 18:1
With Various Moods:
Joy, Wonder, gladness, thanks, excitement,
With Various Intensity: silence, meditation, quiet, relaxation, trembling, energy, passion, shouts, leaping
With Body Language: ...O come let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker Ps. 95.6;
I will lift up my hands in your Name. Ps. 63.4
The point of worship is Relationship and the point of Relationship is WORSHIP
2. To Worship In Love Means to Worship In TRUTH.
On this Sunday, as many of us ready ourselves for corporate worship, perhaps the most significant single biblical text for guiding the essence of what we’re pursuing together when we gather is Jesus’s words in John 4:23-24.
“The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Heart and Head
True worship, says Jesus, is in spirit and truth. The “truth” part is plain enough - and with the coming of Jesus (“the hour is coming, and is now here”) that truth centers on his person and work, the one who is himself “the Truth” (John 14:6)
Worship must be vital and real in the heart, and worship must rest on a true perception of God. There must be spirit and there must be truth. . . . Truth without emotion produces dead orthodoxy and a church full (or half-full) of artificial admirers . . . . On the other hand, emotion without truth produces empty frenzy and cultivates shallow people who refuse the discipline of rigorous thought. But true worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine. Strong affections for God rooted in truth are the bone and marrow of biblical worship.
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and Serve Him Only. Matthew 4:10 NIV
Suggestion: Be alert during church worship. Sing from the heart. Concentrate on the words. In private worship, personalize the Psalms. Express their emotions and sentiments to God from your heart