The Who, What, When, Where, How and Why of Worship

Posted on June 6, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

I had a number of people share with me how blessed they were for being a part of the Sunday morning worship service.  The singing at the end was a direct result of the teaching time and the obedience of God’s people “singing from their throats.”  Seeing as worshipping the Lord is the most important thing we can do, I wanted to give you my notes from Sunday morning so you can reflect on David’s teaching on worship in Psalms 149 and 150.

I.    The WHAT of Worship: Praising the Lord!  (Ps. 149:1)
        A.    This is why God makes us spiritually beautiful so that we can worship Him in Spirit and in truth.  That’s why Jesus says God’s Spirit draws people to salvation.

        B.    Sing a NEW song.  We are constantly blending in some new songs with the old ones because the Bible commands it.

II.    The WHERE and WHEN of Worship: Singing Songs

        A.    Where? 149:1 and 150:1 both begin by exhorting us to worship in a sanctuary with other believers.
        B.    When? In your bed at night. When you rise up and go along the road.  All the time – but the pinnacle is with other believers.  v. 149:5

III.  The WHY of Worship

A.    Because of what He has done.  v. 150:2a
B.    Because of His excellent greatness. Because of who He is.  (Most of us like being praised for who we are more than how we perform.)  v. 150:2b
C.    Perhaps more importantly, because God takes pleasure in us.  It makes Him happy.  v. 149:4a

IV.  The HOW of Worship

A.    With joy and dancing.  vv. 149:3; 150:4a
B.    With many instruments.  vv. 150:3-4; 1 Chron. 13:8.
C.    Singing from your “throat” means singing loudly!  The Hebrew for “throat” doesn’t mean to just sing from your mouth.  Sing it loud and proud!  v. 149:6a
D.    With LOUD SHOUTS.  Turn up your volume and turn up those loud instruments!  v. 150:5

V.    The WHO of Worship
Everything that has breath.  Every person in here. Every THING that is in here. God gave you breath today so you can worship Him!  Use your gift of life to give glory to the One who gave you life.  v. 150:6.

--Steve