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Meeting God in Worship

July 4-5, 2015
  1. Introduction

    1. Matthew 22:37 (NLT) Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’”

    2. Psalm 24:1-10 (NIV) 1The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. 3Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? 4Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, who do not put their trust in an idol or swear by a false god. 5They will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God their Savior. 6Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob. 7Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. 9Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty—he is the King of glory.

  2. Why should we worship God?

    1. We worship God because everything belongs to God.

      1. We reject God by making rival claims.

      2. Sin = Life curved in on itself.

      3. We reject God through marginalizing Him.

    2. Everything depends upon God.

      1. Psalm 24:2 (NIV) For he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.

      2. Genesis 1:9-10 (NIV) 9And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

      3. Colossians 1:15-17 (NAS) 15And He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

  3. Who can meet with God in worship?

    1. Psalm 24:3-6 (NIV) 3Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? 4Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, who do not put their trust in an idol or swear by a false god. 5They will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God their Savior. 6Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.

      Psalm 24:3 (NIV) Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?

    2. Psalm 29:1-2 (NIV) 1Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 2Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

    3. Worship = Worth-Ship: Giving God supreme worth in your life.

    4. Psalm 24:3 (NIV) Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?

    5. Worship is aiming your life upward towards God.

      1. Hebrews 12:22-24 (NIV) 22But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
  4. Who can come to God in worship?

    1. Hebrews 10:19-22 (NIV) 19Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

    2. We can stand in God’s presence.

    3. Psalm 24:4 (NIV) Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, who do not put their trust in an idol or swear by a false god.

    4. I John 1:5-6 (NIV) 5This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.

      Psalm 24:4 (NIV) Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, who do not put their trust in an idol or swear by a false god.

  5. What is the goal of worshiping God?

    1. Psalm 24:7-10 (NIV) 7Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. 9Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty—he is the King of glory.

    2. The goal of worship is for God Himself to come to us.

    3. Revelation 3:20 (NIV) “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with them, and they with me.”

  6. Conclusion