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Worship's First

by Erik Momsen

The first purpose and resource of man is to worship the Lord.  The non-believer might have an advantage on the believer at this point because believers immediately think of music and ceremony.  The unbeliever probably thinks about kneeling before God and surrendering in fear.

The truth lies somewhere between friendship and fear.  Hebrews 12 contrasts the old idea of God with the new.

Hebrews 12:18-25 "You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded: "If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned."   The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear."   But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God.  You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.  You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.  See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks."

 -  The unbeliever is kept away by fear of judgment and shame.
 -  Many believers have lost the fear of God.
 -  We have also lost sign of His might and majesty.
 -  We focus too much on what we make and not on what He made.
 -  We are full of ourselves and not full of Him.
 -  We have focused on the externals - as is our nature.
 -  Are we doing enough for the people?
 -  Will they like this teaching or song - do I like these songs?
 -  We have forgotten that the heart of worship is love and devotion.
 -  Does our worship bring us to a place of awe of God?
 -  Those angels see the face of God and the result is JOY
 

OUR PURPOSE & RESOURCES

Recently in prayer I became aware that all we were doing is whining.  The Lord directed me to the fact of victory through praise.

2 Chronicles 20:1 "After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to make war on Jehoshaphat.  Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.  The people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.  Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the LORD in the front of the new courtyard and said: "O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations.  Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.  ... 'If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.'  ... O our God, will you not judge them?  For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.  We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you."  All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the LORD.  Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, ... He said: "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem!  This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.  For the battle is not yours, but God's.  ... You will not have to fight this battle.  Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.  Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.'"  Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the LORD.  Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the LORD, the God of Israel, with very loud voice.  ... After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: "Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever."  As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.  The men of Ammon and Moab rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them.  After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.  When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped.  ... Then, led by Jehoshaphat, all the men of Judah and Jerusalem returned joyfully to Jerusalem, for the LORD had given them cause to rejoice over their enemies.  They entered Jerusalem and went to the temple of the LORD with harps and lutes and trumpets.  The fear of God came upon all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard how the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel."

 -  Trouble must cause us to seek the Lord.
 -  We remember what God has done in the past = faith builder.
 -  Even if trouble come we will look to God.
 -  In our trouble our eyes are on you God.
 -  We think the battle is ours but God fights for His own.
 -  The worshiper will praise in time of trouble.
 -  The ruler will direct all to praise.
 -  The Lord can only but respond to faith (praise) over fear.
 -  God’s victory will cause all to fear His Holy Name.

Date Added: 2013-02-19

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