Net Questions:

1. Share a favorite worship experience you've had in the past?

2. How does our thought life impact our worship?
Prov 4:23  Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Mat 15:8  "'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
Mat 15:9  They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'"
Mat 15:10  Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand.
Mat 15:11  What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.'"

3. Discuss the concept of worshiping God with our time.
Psa 118:24  This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NIV) Be joyful always;
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV) pray continually;
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

4. What are some alternative ways of worshiping the Lord besides singing?
How could you use your particular talent (talents) to worship God?
Col 3:23  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
Col 3:24  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

5. What does it mean to worship God with your treasure?

Mat 6:19  "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

Mat 6:20  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Mat 6:21  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


Sermon Notes

Engage in Worshiping Part 3
Psalm 98

Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
Psalm 98:1 (NIV)

The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
Psalm 98:2 (NIV)

He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Psalm 98:3 (NIV)

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;
Psalm 98:4 (NIV)

make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing,
Psalm 98:5 (NIV)

with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn —shout for joy before the LORD, the King.
Psalm 98:6 (NIV)

Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
Psalm 98:7 (NIV)

Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy;
Psalm 98:8 (NIV)

let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.
Psalm 98:9 (NIV)

Let's Pray!

Singing is such an important way to worship our Lord, but it is not the only way.
There are so many other ways to express our worship to God. More ways than we could ever discuss in one worship gathering.


In fact, today I will give you some categories of worship which will cover literally thousands of ways to worship.

As you can see by the artwork on the platform, drawing, and painting is one way way people bring glory to God and express worship to their Savior. More on this later.

Others play instruments. Several were mentioned in our text today. Trumpets, harps, and ram's horns.


The Ram's horn was also known as the
shophar. It was used originally as a call to battle, or as a signal in battle. Later it was used when the law was proclaimed, when the Ark of God was approaching, and is prophesied to herald the deliverance of God's people.

That's probably why it is one of the instruments mentioned in this Psalm about God's Salvation.  
We have a church member who owns two shophars from Israel, and I have asked him to sound the ram's horn for us today. Wayne, would you play this worship instrument for us?

Now, I know some of you are saying, I can't sing, I can't play an instrument, I can't carry a note in a bucket.
Did you miss the first part of verse 4?

"Shout for Joy to the Lord!"

Now brother Larry you know we're Baptist and we don't shout. I'm not advocating having shouting matches every time we come to church, but when you've experienced God's Salvation, His forgiveness, His Grace, His mercy, if you can't sing, you might just have to give a shout out to the Lord!!

Having said all that, I want us to look at some ways we should worship our Lord! But first let's explore the definition of worship...

worship |ˈwər sh əp|
noun
the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity : the worship of God

New Oxford Dictionary

WORSHIP
Honor, reverence, homage, in thought, feeling, or act, paid to men, angels, or other "spiritual" beings, and figuratively to other entities, ideas, powers or qualities, but specifically and supremely to Deity.
(from International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Electronic Database Copyright © 1996, 2003 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)


And of course we all know God is the only one truly worthy of our worship!

But I love the first part of the last definition...

"Honor, reverence, homage, in thought, feeling, or act"

And, as I shared with you last week, worship is the way we love our God. It is the way we express our love for our Savior. Worship is the way we fellowship with the Lord!

With this in mind, I want to give you some very important categories of worship.
Before we engage in any kind of outward worship, we should first consider inward worship.


Worship Category One:

Thoughts!

This gets back to something we touched on last week. Our motivation for worship must be right. This starts with our thoughts. Our thoughts come from the heart part of our mind!

Prov 4:23  Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

If we are worshiping God on the inside, we will worship God on the outside!

How do we worship God on the inside? How do we control our thoughts? How do we get our thoughts to worship?

Ask the Holy Spirit to begin to cleanse your heart and mind with His Word...

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.


Ask God to help you choose to worship with your thoughts by focusing on things that are good...

Phil 4:8  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.


Worship Category Two

Time!

The truth is so many of us just get so busy we don't have time to worship! God just get's left out of our schedule time and time again.

It's amazing to me that God get's set aside and put on the back burner all the time, and yet, when we need Him He's always there. He just doesn't hold a grudge.

Sometime people question the law of the Sabbath. Why did God command His people to set aside a whole day to worship and rest?
I think it's rather simple.
God deserves our time and we desperately need our time with God!

But brother Larry, I'm a nurse, or a firefighter or law enforcement. I have to work on Sundays sometimes.

I don't think it's as much about which day you worship and rest as it is that you have a day to worship and rest. I also believe the day we set aside to worship is simply a day to remind us that every day is a worship day!!
There was a book written by Charles L. Allen in the 60's called "God's Psychiatry." Listen to this wisdom...
God gave us Sunday because every man needs to be re-created. Just as a battery can run down and needs to be recharged, so can a person...A run-down person is an unproductive person...A group of American explorers went to Africa.
They employed some native guides. The first day they rushed, as they did also on the second, third, and every day. On the seventh day they noticed the guides sitting under a tree. 'Come on,' They shouted. One of the guides replied, 'We no go today. We rest today to let our souls catch up with our bodies.' For that purpose, God says, 'Remember the Sabbath.'
We have spent so much time arguing about what we should not do on Sunday that we sometimes forget what we should do. God gave us the day, not as a time of prohibitions but rather to give us the opportunity for the finest and most important things of life."

Hear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Psalm 86:1 (NIV)

Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you.
Psalm 86:2 (NIV)

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long.
Psalm 86:3 (NIV)

Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
Psalm 86:4 (NIV)

You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.
Psalm 86:5 (NIV)

Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.
Psalm 86:6 (NIV)

In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.
Psalm 86:7 (NIV)

This category includes the very important act of prayer. We must set time aside to pray and then grow to the place where we become aware of the Lord's presence with us at all times. That's when we fulfill God's desire to have our worship 24/7...

Be joyful always;
1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NIV)

pray continually;
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)

give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

Worship Category Three

Talents!

Again, your talent may not be singing or playing an instrument or even shouting unto the Lord! But you've got talents God has given you. You have a contribution of worship to make to our God.

Like I said, some are singers, some are painters, some are dancers, some are builders, some are servers, some are leaders, some are designers, some are givers, and some are care givers. What's your talent? What's your gift?

Paul put it this way...

Col 3:23  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,

Col 3:24  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

If you build, build to glorify God!
If you paint, paint to glorify God!
If you sing, sing to glorify God!
If you serve, serve to glorify God!

Speaking of building, or fixing, we've got a guy in our church who can fix the most complex things on cars. Like transmissions. He's building a transmission for my old 48 pickup truck. He's just got a gift! Here's a picture of him with all the new parts.

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Have you ever noticed how young kids love to draw pictures for their parents. They want their parents to be proud of them. And parents love to get those pictures. If you're a parent, you've probably got several tubs of pictures and crafts from when your kids were little.

My daughter who just had our grand baby drew this when she was a teenager...

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My wife is an artist and some of my best birthday and Christmas gifts have been pictures she's painted...

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And we've got some folks on our worship arts team who are artist. Some of their work is on the platform. Cindy and Valerie Strecker. They worship by using the gifts God has given them to help the rest of us see details of God's creation we would otherwise miss!!!

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Of course, there's those people, like me, who have an artist heart, but have to rely on modern technology to for expression...

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We have a person in our church who is a ballet dancer. But they have another gift that is even more amazing. This person teaches. She won teacher of the year at her school and is a candidate for teacher of the year for the whole parish.

She brings glory to God through what she does. How? Here's what she has shared about her philosophy of teaching...

"I do not give up on my students. I work with them and strive to bring out the best in all of them. Their grades are important, but their character development is just as important."

"I view my job as a blessing each and every day. Not only do I get to work with some amazing students, but I also get to work with some incredible adults as well. I feel as though one of my strengths is the gift of encouragement. I am always looking for the strengths that a child has and ways to develop that strength, yet I also look for ways to help students improve areas they struggle in."

God's Word has something special to say about using your talents to worship God...

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.
Romans 12:6 (NIV)

If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;
Romans 12:7 (NIV)

if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Romans 12:8 (NIV)

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Romans 12:9 (NIV)

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:10 (NIV)

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Romans 12:11 (NIV)

Worship Category Four

Treasures!

How could treasures be a category of worship?

I'm so glad you asked!!

Jesus said this...

Mat 6:19  "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

Mat 6:20  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Mat 6:21  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

We give God worship when we dedicate our treasures to Him and allow Him to be our greatest treasure!

Remember, worship is Honor, reverence, homage, in thought, feeling, or act, given to God. Worship is the way we express our relationship with God and the way we experience fellowship with God.

If we value our earthly treasures more than we do our Heavenly Father, our worship will be half-hearted, without passion, and will not transform our life.


Isn't it ironic that we are willing to trust God with our eternal soul, but not our finances or our material possesions?

If God has your best interest at heart for eternity, don't you know He has your best interest at heart for your life here and now?

I also think it's ironic that God is the One who has blessed us with what we have in the first place.

There have been times I've been hesitant to even talk about this subject, because I was afraid of what someone might think.
But dedicating our treasures to God is a part of Worship. It would be wrong for me to neglect this aspect of the Christian life.

When we trust God with the provision of our needs for life, it is a powerful act of worship.

Now, I've never wanted to give anyone the false teaching that if you're faithful to God in your finances, you'll become wealthy beyond your wildest dreams.  As I've said before, that would destroy some people and God is not in the business of helping you destroy yourself.

However, I know from experience, that God will meet your needs and will even bless you above and beyond what you need. He'll give you enough to not only meet your obligations, He'll give you enough for you to be generous in helping others in need.

And if you've never experienced the joy of giving to someone else's need, you've missed out.

Paul put it this way to the Corinthian church...

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV)

Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

As it is written: “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
2 Corinthians 9:9 (NIV)

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
2 Corinthians 9:10 (NIV)

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV)

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
2 Corinthians 9:12 (NIV)

I want to tell you something. Even though, in two weeks I'm going to share with you an opportunity God has given us to reduce what we owe on this building in a significant way, I don't ever want raising money to be the main focus of our ministry. I want God, and the ministry He has given us, to always remain front and center. Agreed?   

However, I've got to share this with you.

I remember when I was a kid and they would take up the offering in the middle of the service. After they collected the tithes and offerings, they would bring it back down to the front and place it on a table just below the pulpit. One of the men would then say a prayer and offer what they had received as a gift to God. It was a part of the worship service.

I want to close with this personal example of worshiping through our treasures.

Most of you know about my old 48 Chevy pickup. The treasure I found in the woods over 25 years ago. God knows I love old trucks. And I always wanted God to know I was willing to give up the old truck if it were His will.

One day I had the opportunity to test my willingness to dedicate my treasure to the Lord.
Debbie and I were at an inner-city church in Nashville, TN and the old truck, complete with burned out engine, rust and primer, was sitting in my driveway. We were struggling financially. A man came by and offered me $2,000 dollars for it.

I was torn, but made my decision. I went inside and told my wife that a man was outside who wanted to buy the truck for 2,000 dollars. I figured this was God's way of providing for us.
My wife looked at me and said, "Tell him it's not for sale!" I said, "what? Sweetheart, $2,000." She said it's not for sale.

Let me clarify. Debbie's not that into old cars and trucks. But God had spoken to her heart. If I had made the decision to keep the old truck, I guess I would have always wondered if it were more important to me than my relationship with the Lord.

Years later, we had a car show at the church I served in Birmingham and that old truck, primer and all, sat right there in the midst of all those beautiful cars and trucks.
I wrote a gospel trac using the story of the truck and we printed around 4,500 of them. They are all gone but 1 or 2.

I used one of them to witness to an old biker in the hospital in Birmingham. He accepted Christ and for several years before he went home to be with Jesus, his mission in life was to give out as many of those little pamphlets he could. I would get letters from his wife, asking me to send more tracks.


And you know the story of the church that took it to Texas after it flooded in Katrina and painted it for me. It's got a new engine now and soon, should be back on the road.

Dedicate all you have to God. If He ask you to give it away, you didn't need it. If He let's you keep it, you'll enjoy it so much more, knowing that your greatest treasure is your relationship with God and not your things!

Let's pray!!

END SERMON HERE


Worship Category Five

Temple

Worship Category Six

Temperment

Worship Category Seven

Thanksgiving

Worship Category Eight

Trust!

We Worship God with our:
Talents
Time
Thoughts
Temperament
Treasures
Trust
Thanksgiving
Temple

ETS: The Psalmist encourages his congregation to engage in various forms of worship because of God's salvation for them, the nation of Israel and the ends of the earth!
ESS: There are many ways to worship God for the salvation He has given to you.
OSS: I want every saved person to engage in worshiping God in every way possible!

Probing Question: What are the various ways in which we can worship God?
Unifying Word: Ways
Transitional Sentence: Let's look at the various ways we can engage in worshiping God for the salvation He has so graciously given us.