Net Questions:

1. How can we worship God with our temperament? Do you ever struggle in this area?

2. Why is trust so important to all relationships? How does trust in God effect our worship?
Proverbs 3:5 (NIV) Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Proverbs 3:6 (NIV) in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:7 (NIV) Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

3. Worshiping God with our all that we are is so important because we are actually the temple of The Holy Spirit. Will knowing that your very body is the temple of The Holy Spirit make a difference in the way you live your life? Why or why not?
1 Cor 6:19  Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
1 Cor 6:20  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

4. Do you have a testimony of what God is doing in your life today? How far back do you have to look to share an experience of God at work in your life?
Psa 9:1  For the director of music. To the tune of "The Death of the Son." A psalm of David. I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.
Psa 9:2  I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
Psa 9:3  My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.
Psa 9:4  For you have upheld my right and my cause; you have sat on your throne, judging righteously.


Sermon Notes

Engage in Worshiping Part 4
Psalm 100

Okay, for those of you who weren't able to be with us last week, let me give you a quick review. We talked about various categories of worship and how we worship God with our thoughts, our time, our talents, and our treasures.

This week we're going to cover 5 more categories of worship. I'm super excited about today's message so let's pray and ask God to open our hearts and minds to His Word today.

PRAY!

Our text today is one of the most beautiful Psalms ever written.
Psalm 100.
I would like to read it responsively.

I'll read the ones labeled Pastor and you read the ones labeled Congregation.

Pastor

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Psalm 100:1 (NIV)

Pastor

Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Psalm 100:2 (NIV)

Congregation

Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3 (NIV)

Pastor

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalm 100:4 (NIV)

Congregation

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:5 (NIV)

Praise the Lord! I really appreciate your participation in worship this morning. Did you know this passage of Scripture contains several different categories of worship.

The first category of worship we will examine today and the fifth in our list is...

Category Five

Temperament

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Psalm 100:1 (NIV)

Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Psalm 100:2 (NIV)

We don't have time for a lesson in the four traditional temperaments. So I'm going to use temperament to simply refer to a persons overall emotional tendencies as it relates to their personality.

I know some people are more inclined to joy and gladness, while others are more inclined to sadness and discouragement.


Here the Psalmist encourages us to come before the Lord with joy and gladness. He talks about us singing songs of joy.

If you're a parent, you know the joy it brings to your heart when your children are filled with joy and gladness. You love them regardless, but you would rather them be happy than sad.



It must bring great joy to God's heart when His children are filled with gladness and come before Him with songs of joy. I think it makes Him smile.  

Now I know we aren't always going to be filled with joy and gladness. God knows this. But I believe one of His goals for each of us, regardless of our different temperaments, is to get to a place where our times of joy and gladness out number our times of sadness and melancholy.

Of course you can always bring your tears and heartbreaks to God. He welcomes you into His presence anytime you need Him or seek Him. The Psalmist sure knew this...

Psa 119:28  My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.


I want mention one other thing here. When we allow the Holy Spirit of God to help us with our various temperaments, we can bring God glory and honor. If you don't let the Spirit of God help you with your temperament, you'll not only miss out on worship, you may bring dishonor to God. I'll just let the Word speak for itself on this subject...  

James 1:19  My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,



James 1:20  for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

If you struggle with any aspect of your temperament, don't get discouraged, take it to the Lord and ask Him to take who you are and with the power of His Holy Spirit, make you who He created you to be. As you daily become who He created you to be you will be giving Him worship by allowing Him to mold your temperament.

This takes us to our next category of worship...

Category #6

Trust

Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3 (NIV)

If we are sheep of His pasture, it should be easy to worship our Good Shepherd by giving Him our trust. After all, He is the One who created us in the first place and provides everything we have.

Remember that worship is the way we love God. It is a byproduct of our relationship and fellowship with God.
For any relationship to be good, and growing, it must be based on trust!

Many people think love is the most important aspect of a relationship. It is important. And the Bible says of faith, hope and love, the greatest is love.
But when it comes to a relationship, you may love someone, but if you can't trust that someone, it's really difficult to have a meaningful relationship with them.

If you are having a difficult time trusting God then you're going to have a hard time worshiping God. On the other hand, if you trust Him deeply, that trust will open the door for worship that will touch God's heart and will  make your heart beat with a renewed passion to see God move in powerful ways in every aspect of your life.

King David struggled with trust, but at the end of the day he made his decision. Listen...

How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
Psalm 13:1 (NIV)

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Psalm 13:2 (NIV)

Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;
Psalm 13:3 (NIV)

my enemy will say, “I have overcome him, ” and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
Psalm 13:4 (NIV)

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
Psalm 13:5 (NIV)

I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.
Psalm 13:6 (NIV)

I love it!! David decided he was going to trust God no matter what and it caused his heart to rejoice. I'm not advocating running your life or your faith on feelings. You can't do that. Feelings come and go, but when you decide to stop trusting your feelings, and start trusting God and His Word, the feelings will come.

The writer of Proverbs also chimed in on the importance of trust...

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:6 (NIV)

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
Proverbs 3:7 (NIV)

When you learn to worship God by trusting Him, you will open the door for the next category of worship...

Category # 7

Thanksgiving and Praise

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalm 100:4 (NIV)

When you put your trust in God and He begins to work in your life, you will find yourself very thankful on multiple fronts and your thanksgiving will turn to praise.
Thanksgiving and praise go together and are a very beautiful aspect of our worship relationship with God.

One of my older children sent my wife and I a thank you note a few years back. In that note they shared some things they were thankful for in regards to their mom and me. They then had some kind words about our marriage relationship. I can't tell you how good that made our hearts feel!

I can only imagine how it must make God's heart leap with joy when His children give thanks and that thanks turns into praise. It is a part of our worship we should never overlook!

Another thing to remember is this: When we are in right relationship with God and walking in a spirit of genuine worship, it unleashes God's power in our lives in a powerful way.
He goes to battle for us.



A great example of this form of worship is found in 2 Chronicles.
Several wicked nations were coming against Judah and Jerusalem. God spoke through one of His prophets and listen to what happened...

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.’ ”
2 Chronicles 20:17 (NIV)

Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the LORD.
2 Chronicles 20:18 (NIV)

Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the LORD, the God of Israel, with very loud voice.
2 Chronicles 20:19 (NIV)

Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful. ”
2 Chronicles 20:20 (NIV)

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.”
2 Chronicles 20:21 (NIV)

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.
2 Chronicles 20:22 (NIV)

I don't know about you, but I certainly have some battles in my life I know I can't win on my own. It is a wonderful thing to give thanksgiving and praise in advance for the victories He will give us.

Now we need to look at Psalm 100:4 a second time because there is another very important category of worship contained in it.

Category # 8

Temple

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalm 100:4 (NIV)

What I'm going to tell you now is one of the most profound of all worship concepts found in God's Holy Word!

When Scripture talks about entering His gates and His courts, it is speaking of entering the Temple of God. Let me share with you a few words from the Broadman Commentary...

"The primary meaning of the Temple was the same as that of the ark it was constructed to enshrine: a symbol of God's presence in the midst of His people (Ex. 25:21-22).

Because it was God's house, the worshipers could not enter the holy place, reserved only for priests and other worship leaders, much less the holiest place (holy of holies) to be entered by the high priest only once a year (Lev. 16).

The worshipers could gather for prayer and sacrifice in the Temple courtyard(s) where they could sing psalms as they saw their offerings presented to Yahweh on His great altar."

Broadman Commentary on Psalms
John I Durham

Okay, so they had areas where gentiles could worship, then places where Jews could worship, places for the women to worship, the Holy Place where only Priest and religious leaders could worship, and then the Holy of Holies (the place where God's presence, and Glory, dwelled), where only the High Priest could go once a year.   

So the temple was a symbol of God's presence in the midst of His people. However, the people could only experience this presence from a distance. They would bring their offerings and sacrifices to the temple, but would have to watch the priest offer them to God from a distance.

However, when Jesus died, something incredible happened.
Listen...

It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour,
Luke 23:44 (NIV)

for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
Luke 23:45 (NIV)

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
Luke 23:46 (NIV)

The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”
Luke 23:47 (NIV)

Jesus' death on the Cross not only won for us salvation, and forgiveness of sin, it also opened up a new form of worship. It made the way for a whole new covenant with God. It had been prophesied in the Old Testament...

“The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
Jeremiah 31:31 (NIV)

It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them, ’” declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 31:32 (NIV)

“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Jeremiah 31:33 (NIV)

So what does this have to do with my worship experience? Everything!!
When you ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and to come into your heart, something amazing happens. The Holy Spirit of God, comes into your heart, soul, mind and body.

Listen...

1 Cor 6:19  Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

1 Cor 6:20  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Worship is no longer relegated to a physical location or temple building, we are the temple of God.
His very presence dwells within our bodies. That is why we are to honor God with our bodies. A part of our worship, and a very important part of our relationship with God is to care for His Temple.


Most of us would never think of trashing the church sanctuary or worship center, but we don't think a second thought about trashing our bodies, our minds, our hearts.

I'm going to talk to you a minute. I mean really talk to you. I'm gonna get personal. Remember, I'm only the messenger, so please don't shoot the messenger.


Most of you would never walk into this room and start using foul language. It just wouldn't be proper. But your body, not this room, is the temple of the Holy Spirit. What comes out of your mouth outside this room is more important than what comes out of it in here, because what happens out there exposes the real you.

Most of you would never, ever think of bringing a book of porn into this room, but what some of you allow into your mind and heart on the internet is tragic.
Remember, if you've accepted Jesus as your Savior, you are the temple of His Holy Spirit.
Because you are His sanctuary, what you do away from this building is every bit as important as what you do in this place.

And what about taking care of the temple.
This is gonna be tough on about most of us in this room. How do you treat your temple? Do you feed it right? Do you exercise it? Do you rest it? Or do you abuse it?



Again, most of us would never think of destroying anything in this building, but this building is not the church. It is simply the place where the church gathers to worship.

Our bodies are the temple. How we treat them should be an act of worship.

1 Cor 6:20  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

When I think of the price Jesus paid so He could live in my heart by way of His Holy Spirit, it makes me want to honor Him with every aspect of my life, including my body, His temple. His body was broken so mine could be healed. "By His stripes we are healed!"

One last category of worship this morning...



Category # 9

Testimony

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:5 (NIV)

When you receive God's salvation through Jesus' death on the Cross, you have a testimony. A testimony is simple your story of what God has done and is doing in your life.
A story of His faithfulness to you!!


Do you have a testimony?
If you don't, you could have one today!

And once you allow Jesus take up residence in your temple and begin His work to transform you, you will discover you have more than one testimony.

More than one? Yes indeed! You will see God at work in every area of your life. You'll not only testify how God forgave you of your sins, but how He's helping you overcome your sins.


And when you face some of life's most difficult and even hard to imagine tragedies, He won't leave you or forsake you! He'll bring you through them and you'll have yet another testimony.  

I've got a dear friend here today who has for years had a testimony of Salvation. However, he now has another testimony of God's grace.

He recently went through an unimaginable loss. Today I've asked him to worship the Lord by sharing his testimony.
I heard it at our grief share class. It is powerful.

Please give Mr. Guss Gross your attention and your prayers.

We are all going to face hard times in life. The question is this, will you have a testimony of God's presence and work in your life? Will you be able to share how God got you through it?

The decision to have a testimony is totally in your hands.
Let's Pray!!

End sermon here.

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