Real Worship

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Psalm 40:1-4

I waited [a]patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the [b]miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the Lord.

How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust,
And has not [c]turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.

Here is a handout for our bible study discussion on the topic of “Real Worship.”  This is not an exhaustive analysis, but a biblical demonstration and examination of real worship.  I pray that my attempt blesses your personal/group concept as found in Psalm 40:1-4.

Real Worship Outline

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Show and Tell

Impact Question (IQ): How valuable is Christ to share with those we love?

make-disciplesMatthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,…

Christmas seems to be a lot about showing and telling those we know that we love them.  Commercialization has even been able to put a value on items to tangibilize our worth of others.  My question is how valuable is Christ to share with those we love?  He is a gift that keeps on giving.  Not only in our lives, but actively in the lives of those who follow Him.  His position and posture in life reflects an ordered and submitted sacrifice which proves to gain more than imagined.  Christ offers more than possession but paradise.  We introduce a number of things to each other.  Be sure to introduce people to Jesus.

  1.  Examples are better shown than told.
  2. Doing requires continual action rather than passive delegation.
  3. Discipleship can’t afford time off.  It’s too expensive.
  4. Discipleship is an option, but we are commanded to at least give people the choice.

 

Sow What Now?!

Impact Question (IQ):  This year didn’t go like you planned…sow what now?!

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Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. (Psalms 126:5 NASB) 

Waiting on the Lord is never easy, but it has eternal benefits.  Sowing seeds of righteousness promises an everlasting reward, but not because of our goodness but God’s grace.  This is for those who have been faithful and have yet to see your season change.  The text speaks of those…is that you?  The praying and waiting has not been in vain.  This year may not have turned out the way you wanted, but God didn’t ignore what you wanted.  He is preparing a harvest, but seeds take time to grow.  God calls for not only the seed to grow, but also the sower.  This season was designed for your maturation not regression.  Here are a few lessons from the text:

  1. Those doesn’t include everybody.  Who are you with? (Ps. 126:5)
  2. How are you investing your God-given resources? (Ps. 126:5)
  3. Don’t let your weeping stop you from working (Ps. 126:5)
  4. God will turn your weeping into reaping (Ps. 126:5)
  5. You’ll have something to shout about (Ps. 126:5)
  6. God’s return policy is iron-clad: you get more than what you invested (Ps. 126:5)

Wait patiently and expectantly on the Lord and you will be renewed.  This is not a prophesy, but a promise.

Rev. Eric R. Levels

Great News

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Psalms 48

1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain.3 God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold. 4 For, lo, the kings assembled themselves, They passed by together. 5 They saw it, then they were amazed; They were terrified, they fled in alarm.  10 As is Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness. 13 Consider her ramparts; Go through her palaces, That you may tell it to the next generation. 14 For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.

 

Observations:

The author informs the reader that the Lord is great. (1a)

The author informs the reader that the Lord is greatly to be praised. (1b)

The author informs the reader that city is God’s. (1c)

The author informs the reader that God is known as a stronghold. (3a)

The author informs the reader that kings were terrified and fled. (5a)

The author informs the reader that God’s name and praise is to the ends of the earth. (10a)

The author informs the reader that God’s ramparts and palaces should be shared with the next   generation. (13a)

The author informs the reader that our God is forever and ever. (14a)

The author informs the reader that God will guide us until death. (14b)

 

Commentary:

In the text, one can see that the we have reason to praise God greatly as He is and will provide protection for his church and His people. God is known as a fortress of protection around those who He loves and loves him.  Our enemies and the attacks of the enemy are no match for our God.  God and His praise will last forever.  Due to the security and protection that God provides, the church has reason to be joyful and continue to spread this for generations to come.  God will not only protect us, but he will guide us.  Now that’s great news!

 

Living Word Op(portunity):

  1. How might we become defenseless against the enemy’s attack?  What habits can we engage to be fully armored?
  2. How might knowing the reputation of God as a stronghold change our approach to taking battles into our own hands?
  3. What are practical ways to include God in the lives of the next generation?
  4. Has God guided you in decision-making?  If so, how so?  If not, why not?