We are currently doing a series called “Come to Jesus.” Our desire is to encounter Jesus and His Kingdom every time we gather. When we encounter Him we are never the same and our city will never be the same. Last time we talked about what it means to come into His presence with fear. This week were are going to talk about coming into His presence with singing. Worship is not just a part of the service. Worship is a way that we invite the presence of Jesus in and allow Him to work in our lives.
“I didn’t really like worship today.”
- Random Churchgoer
“That’s okay, we weren’t worshiping you.”
- Francis Chan
This quote says a lot about worship in churches today. We have all been guilty of making worship about us and not about Jesus. Let’s take a look at how we are to come to Jesus with singing and see how we measure up to Scripture.
I. Come before Him singing with joy
Psalm 100:1-5: Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Some commands in this text:
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. (All the earth - that means everyone, including you and me.)
“shout” - in triumph; a war cry
Worship / serve with gladness (pleasure and jubilation).
Come before Him singing with joy and rejoicing.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God. (This means to know Him as Creator, the very source of our lives)
Enter His courts with thanksgiving.
“thanksgiving” - to lift or extend one’s hands
We come into His presence with singing because…
He is good.
His unfailing love continues forever.
His faithfulness continues to each generation.
“These commands are based on timeless truths. God made us, and we are His people. The Lord is good. His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness is to all generations. Our ability to praise, serve, or enjoy God’s presence flows out of our understanding of who God is and who we are in relation to Him.
Everything I am is due to Him. My worship, service, and fellowship with the Creator is dependent upon self-understanding. How can I praise when I am still the center of my own world?
And not knowing the Lord hinders my worship. How can I praise whom I fear? Or bless One whom I think is evil? Or thank One whom I think is unreasonable? To bless and serve the Lord, I must know Him! Here is our priority, know the Lord and worship Him with joy!
Pastor Jack Hayford, “Knowing the Lord”
Here is another text telling us to do the same thing:
Psalm 95:1-7: Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains. The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too. Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today!
If this is God’s standard for coming into His presence, how are we measuring up to that?
We have all been guilty of making worship more about us than God. We are too tired, not feeling the song, thinking about other things, or just going through the motions.
If we know God and understand all that He has done for us and continues to do for us, we would come to Him worshiping with complete abandonment.
Some of us have come from places where worship has very little expression or emotion. We don’t want to stand out or be looked at like we are crazy. We need to worship like David did!
2 Samuel 6:14-15: And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.
Regardless of whether we are having a bad day or we don’t really feel like singing. God is still God and He is worthy of our praise. We may be going through battles, but God has given us praise as a weapon. As we raise our hallelujahs, we will silence any unbelief that tries to hinder our faith in God. We don’t come to church to get motivated to worship God. We come to church already full of worship and praise in our hearts. We are just joining in chorus as one unified body launching forth God’s Kingdom and presence in our city. We might be surprised by what God will do when we come to Him singing with joy. Let’s ask God to raise our level of worship here. Let’s ask for more of His presence. Let’s let praise and thanksgiving flow from our mouths. Let’s make this authentic and real.