Worshipping GodBro. David Chancellor
2/17/2008 11:00 AM
1 Chronicles 16:23-29, 36
Sign unto the Lord, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation. Declare his glory among the heathen: his marvellous works among all nations. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens. Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place. Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the Lord.
David wanted the presence of God near him. We should desire to come into God’s presence and worship him. Did you come with the idea of giving to God? He wants us to bring honor and praise to him from our hearts. We come to enter into the worship of God. Come prepared to put something into it. Bring an Amen. It’s good to put something in to get something out of the worship. Get your part in at the right place. Our heart should say "so be it" to the word of God. Come with a heart ready to give worship to God.
And it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and possessest it, and dwellest therein; That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name there. And thou shalt go unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say unto him, I profess this day unto the Lord thy God, that I am come unto the country which the Lord sware unto our fathers for to give us. And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down before the altar of the Lord thy God. And thou shalt speak and say before the Lord thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous: And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage: And when we cried unto the Lord God of our fathers, the Lord heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression: And the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders: And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey. And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O Lord, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the Lord thy God, and worship before the Lord thy God: And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you.
When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled; Then thou shalt say before the Lord thy God, I have brought away the hallowed things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all thy commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them: I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I taken away ought thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead; but I have hearkened to the voice of the Lord my God, and have done according to all that thou hast commanded me. Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Israel, and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
This day the Lord thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice: And the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments: And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the Lord thy God, as he hath spoken.
This gives us a picture of what it means to bring our offering to God. Before you come to church, put something in your basket to share. God wants us to put something into the service. We come together to acknowledge what God has done. Things to consider: 1) What should we wear? 2) What should we say? 3) What should we do?
It matters what we wear because we’re offering something to God. It matters because of the attitude that goes with the clothing. Come dressed in a way that is respectful and honoring to God. Dress neatly in clean clothes. That is respectful. Think about what you should wear to honor God.
"That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name there. And thou shalt go unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say unto him, I profess this day unto the Lord thy God, that I am come unto the country which the Lord sware unto our fathers for to give us." They were saying that "God did what he said he would do." Our thought should be the same, that God has kept his word to us. Our worship is left open, but this means we have to consider what we should say. Consider what your offering should be. We don’t always say the first thing that comes to mind. Reflect on what you should say. Consider your audience. Bring words that will be appropriate for a general audience. The message is for everyone. We want to bring something that adds to the worship of God. We don’t want to bring something that would do damage. We don’t want to single people out, but bring something that’s good for everyone.
"Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Israel, and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey." We want God to bless our worship. When we come together for prayer-meeting, we come together to pray that God would move on our community.
"And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you." We are to rejoice and find joy in the things that God has done. Allow the heart-felt expression of joy to be there. It’s okay for your emotions to be touched and moved.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Our worship is in spiritual, not literal, things. Many people worship they know not what. We need to know what we worship. We need to understand the word of God. Our soul, the spiritual part of us, should reach back to God in our worship. It isn’t a ritualized, physical, outward worship, alone. Our worship is us coming before God and bringing him our offering. It’s recognizing what God has done for us.
Stop and think about what you can bring to the service. We want to lift God up, and at the same time, encourage each other. People need to know that God’s done what he said he would do. All of us can have the help and blessing of God. Bring something to share. Come prepared to worship God and lift him up.