Sunday, February 20, 2011

Reaching the Heart of God in Worship

From CrossWay Church, 2/20/11, Sunday Morning Sermon:

"Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker" (Psalm 95:6).

I love my GPS. I identify where it is I need to be, and it calculates for me HOW to get there. And, when I make a wrong turn, it RECALCULATES so that I am still able to reach my destination.

Spiritual growth is very similar. God has a destination that He has called us to reach, and the Holy Spirit is our GPS. He shows us HOW TO get to where we need to be.

We are called to reach the heart of God in Worship.

1. Worship is Primary. Each of us was created for worship. Everyone worships something. It's how we were wired. He is our maker. We were created with a need and a desire to worship something. Our life's goal is to identity Christ as our reason to worship. Not, just because of what He's done, or is capable of doing, but because of who He is!

2. Worship Focused. What we focus on becomes the object of our focus. Again, we were created for worship. When we focus on Him in worship, He also turns His focus on us. He desires to bless those who would live the life of worship they were created for.

3. Worship is Responsive. When we live in response to all He is and all He does, worship is only natural. There's no other response that is adequate. And when we fail, repentance becomes our song, and that is our purest response in worship, to bow down at His feet in brokenness and sweet surrender.

Our only real response to who God is, is worship. We worship Him with our lives. Our lives ARE our song of intimate worship. We sing it completely and totally surrendered to all He is.

One of my favorite songs expresses it like this:
Surrounded by your glory, what will my heart feel?
Will I dance for You, Jesus, or in awe of You be still?
Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing Hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all?
Worship is not just a song we sing. It's what we're called to live.

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