Psalm 96 (Part lll): Giving the Lord His Due





(Ps. 96:7-9 Pas. Baines, Jr. 7/2018)

Introduction: Worship should be a value of every Christian church. Based on Psalm 96:7-9, the thesis for this discussion is “We should give the Lord what is due to Him.”

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Key Points: 

1. Glorious includes being honorable. Notice in Psalm 96:7-9 that God’s people are to ascribe or give to the Lord the glory that is due to Him. Glory includes being honorable. To be honorable is to be upright or deserving of respect. 

When we refer to elected officials as “the honorable …” we are often referring more to their position than their personhood (see Rom. 3:10, 23). But God is genuinely honorable. His position as creator, sustain, and judge is honorable. And His personal holiness, righteousness, and love are honorable. 

Let’s live like God is honorable. This kind of living includes talking about God’s honorableness and obeying Him. 

2. Glorious includes being majestic. Notice in Psalm 96:7-9 that God’s people are to ascribe or give to the Lord the glory that is due to Him. Glory includes being majestic. To be majestic is to be characterized by or possessing lofty dignity. It means to be stately or grand. 

Ladies may carry themselves in majestic/stately ways, and brothers may walk in majestic/grand/confident ways (swag). But we are still sinners on the inside. God is genuinely majestic. 

God declares that He is God and besides Him there is none other. He demands total attention and allegiance from those who claim to belong to Him. Every time we see summer come in June, winter come in December, the birds flying, cats meowing, darks barking, and fish swimming, we are watching the grandness of God. 

Let’s live like God is majestic. This kind of living includes talking about God’s majesty and obeying Him, as if He is the king of our lives. 

3. Glorious includes being wealthy. Notice in Psalm 96:7-9 that God’s people are to ascribe or give to the Lord the glory that is due to Him. Glory includes being wealthy. To be wealthy means having more coming in than you need without working for it (i.e., financial freedom or retirement). 

High income doesn’t equal wealth, because making and spending $200k/year leaves one broke. The wealth that we are familiar with can come tumbling down. Think about human and computer errors, malicious people, sickness, and war. 

But God is genuinely wealthy.  wealthy. Think about how passages like Psalm 24:1, Malachi 3:6, and Genesis 1:1 support God not only owning everything. But because He doesn’t change, He can still create some more, if He ever needs to.

God doesn’t stay with us because He doesn’t have other options. He stays because of his honorableness and gracious character. Let’s live like God is wealthy. This kind of living includes talking about God’s wealth and obeying Him, with confidence that He will take care of His own.

4. We are to acknowledge and proclaim His glory. Notice in Psalm 96:7-9 that God’s people are called to give the Lord what is due to Him. Enthusiastic proclamation is due to Him. If all the Earth owes God worship and praise, surely, we who claim to be saved owe God worship and praise. 

Think about how God has saved our sin sick souls, kept us through our times of troubles, and made so many ways out of no way. We don’t come to worship to just enjoy the music. Let’s work on proclaiming that God is still glorious. 

5. Bring an offering. Notice in Psalm 96:8 that another part of what is due to the Lord is our bringing an offering. First, bringing requires attendance. We must be present to bring. God is not pleased with so many people being on the church’s roster but so few being in attendance. 

Second, we give offerings after we pay our debts. We owe the tithe not as those under the law but as those who are above the law, not because of the law but because of love towards God. John 3:16 teaches us that love gives. It is after we pay what we owe that we are in position to give God extra.

If you have had some days filled with anger, fear, depression, or guilt but you have some joy and peace today, God deserves some extra. If you have had some sick days but you feel pretty good today, God deserves some extra. 

If you have been broke and bills were overdue but things are pretty good today, God deserves some extra. Let’s give like we owe God our tithes and offerings. Matthew 6:21 teaches that the location of our treasures indicates the location of our hearts. 

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