Introduction: The more beneficial a subject matter is to us and those we love, the easier it is to pay attention. Before we start to discuss our church value of “worship” and Psalm 96, let’s make sure we have some common reasons for worshipping. The thesis for this discussion is “We should be mindful of four reasons for worshipping God.”
1. Worship will help you feel better. Notice in Nehemiah 8:10 that focusing on rejoicing in the Lord leads to strength. Emotions have been described as the vibrations of our thoughts.
If you think bad, you feel bad. If you think good, you feel good. Thinking about how good God has been to us makes us feel better than thinking about our bills, pains, disappointments, enemies, and guilt.
Christian worship can make us feel better (i.e., cathartic) and make us better (i.e., therapeutic). Let’s worship like we understand that it makes us feel better.
2. Self-disciple. Notice in Hebrews 13:15 and Galatians 5:22-23 that some self-discipline/control may be needed to worship God.
There are times when we don’t feel like worshipping and praising God. But if we get started, it gets easier. And the more we praise Him, the better we are subject to feel.
Let’s exercise the discipline and control needed to at least start to worship the Lord, no matter how we feel.
3. Worship is God’s will. Notice that passages like Psalm 100:1-2 and John 4:23-25 make it clear that God wants His people to worship Him. As people of God, we should be known for the fruit of obeying God’s will (see Mt. 7:20 and Jn. 10:27).
The more we obey God, the more He
is subject to bless us (see Mt. 6:33 – material and immaterial blessings). When
we don’t obey God, we are subject to punishment (see Jm. 4:17 and Heb. 12:6).
Our lives are challenging enough without adding God’s punishment to the list. Let’s worship God out of obedience.
4. Worship blocks the devil’s plans. Notice in I Peter 5:8 that the devil is out to destroy God’s people. He loves for us to focus on negativity.
However, when we keep our minds occupied (see Mt. 12:43-45) with God’s goodness and His will for our lives, we block the devil’s destructive agenda. Let’s keep the spaces of our minds occupied with God’s will, so the devil will not destroy us.
5. God deserves it. Notice that passages like Psalm 100:3, 5 talk about God’s worthiness of our worship. Think about how God is our creator (see Gen. 1:1) and still has creating power. God is our redeemer from the penalty of our sins (see Rom. 5:8), and we are permanently saved. God is our sustainer or keeper.
After all we have been through, we are still standing. Many of us are standing with some peace and joy; some health and strength; some food, clothing, and shelter; a friend or two; a mind to serve the Lord; and the ability to contribute.
God is our leader, lord, and shepherd (see Ps. 23:1). God is our judge. We should be aiming for gold, silver, and precious stone, instead of wood, hay, and stubble (see I Cor. 3:12-15).
When we think about how good God
has been (see Ps. 90:1-2) and promises to be (see Ps. 100:5; Eph. 3:20), there
should be no question about God’s being worthy of our worship. Let’s worship God like we believe that He