Why we Worship

PSALM 47

Clap your hands, all peoples!
  Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
  a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
  and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
  the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout,
  the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
  Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
  sing praises with a psalm!

Why Sing?

God reigns over the nations;
  God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
  as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
  he is highly exalted!


Why Scripture?

Adoring God
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Purpose: | Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? Exodus 15:11 "No employment can be a greater honor to a man than to praise God." Jonathan Edwards

Commentary: |

Adoration is…the soul recognizing its nothingness before the magnificence of God, its sin before his purity, its ignorance before His omniscience, its feebleness before His power.  It is the creature lying in the dust and understanding, as by a flash of light from heaven, what it is to have been created, what it is to have a Creator and to be alive in His presence.  It is sinful man emptying himself of self-assertion before the Being who made him, knowing himself, or almost knowing himself as he is known, crying, “Out of the deep have I called unto Thee, O Lord, out of the deep of my sinfulness to Thy perfect holiness, out of the deep of my folly to Thy infinite wisdom, out of the deep of my weakness to Thy boundless power, - out of the deep have I called to Thee, the All-mighty, the All-wise, the All-good: Lord, hear my voice.” 

If adoration is the main course, then admiration is the appetizer.  As wonderful and necessary as admiration is, there is built into it the critical eye.  We have judged something worthy, and we pronounce it so.   In a sense we are in control when we admire.

“In adoration, we utterly abandon all such pretensions as profane – grotesque, even.  Pure adoration has no heart for itself; it lies there silent at the foot of the throne, conscious only of two things, the insignificance of self and the greatness of God.” ADORATION by Henry Parry Liddon (Classic Sermons on Worship, page 141-145)

 



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