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Worship - Part 1, Our Response to God
Miles McPherson - September 8, 2013

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Worship is a response to the revelation of God.  This revelation may be something only you see, something that is revealed only to you in a certain moment, but it inspires a desire to honor and praise God.  If God clearly provides you with a job, you can honor Him by valuing the job and working with all your might.  When God provides for you financially, you can honor Him by spending your money as He directs you.  You can praise God in song, but worship is much more than singing.  It is an expression that naturally comes from the realization of God’s glory and can be manifest in every aspect of your life.

Worship is an expression that naturally comes from the realization of God’s glory and can be manifest in every aspect of your life.

Worship responds to God according to who He is and how we experience who He is.  It is not determined by how we feel in a given moment or how we may experience doubt in a crisis.  It is based on the facts of who God is.

The Book of Isaiah was written by the prophet Isaiah.  A prophet was a mouthpiece of God whose job it was to pronounce whatever God told him to communicate to His people, to help them obey and trust Him more.  In chapter 6, Isaiah has a vision of God and responds in worship.  His life becomes one of reverence and service, lived out to honor God for who He is.   He writes in Isaiah 6:1-8:

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.  Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”

And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house
was filled with smoke.

So I said:

“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken
with the tongs from the altar.  And he touched my mouth with it, and said:

“Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin purged.”

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:

“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”

Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

1. Worship happens when we clearly see the holiness of God.

When Isaiah sees His glorious Lord in grandeur and surrounded by angels, he is awed and humbled. Worship is a spontaneous response of respect that acknowledges God’s holiness. Your worship experience will be directly proportionate to your view of God’s holiness.

2. Worship happens when we clearly see our sinfulness.

When God’s holiness is revealed to Isaiah, he is acutely aware of his own sinfulness.  He says in Isaiah 6:5:

“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”

Worship is a spontaneous response of respect that acknowledges man’s sinfulness. Your worship experience will be directly proportionate to your view of your sinfulness in the eyes of God.

3. Worship happens when we submit humbly to God from the heart.

In Isaiah 6:8, Isaiah hears the voice of God calling for an ambassador to His people.  Because of the amazing revelation he has just experienced, Isaiah is overcome with a willingness to serve God.  His response is heartfelt and immediate:

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Worship is a spontaneous response of respect that acknowledges a willingness to serve in humble submission. Your worship experience will be directly proportionate to your willingness to please God.

Pastor Miles set a challenge for all of us to move beyond “checking off the Religion box” in our lives by going through the motions of church attendance and good deeds.  Rather, if we seek God wholeheartedly and long to see His glory, we will have meaningful revelations of who He is and our lives can be lived out in worshipful response to His character.

Do you want a powerful half hour tonight?  Instead of watching your regular TV show, sit alone and call on God.  Tell Him you are available and then be quiet before Him.  Let yourself encounter the living God and allow Him to speak to you!

Worship

This 4-part series explores worship: what it is, worshipping God with respect, how to prepare, and what it means to God. In Part 1, Pastor Miles teaches us that worshipping God is a response to when the holiness of God is revealed to you.

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