Introduction: Worship should be a value of every Christian church. Based on Psalm 96:10-13, the thesis for this discussion is “We should work on declaring and rejoicing about the Lord.”
1. The Lord does reign. Notice how vs. 10 urges God’s people to say, “The Lord reigns.” God really does reign, rule, and have power over the affairs of our lives.
There are times when we are tempted to doubt if God is reigning (e.g., young and old being taken advantage of, discrimination, church mess, and personal struggles). We should remind one another that God is still working in all things for the good of His people (see Rom. 8:28).
We are called to keep the faith (see Mk. 9:24) like the Hebrew boys in Daniel 3:17-18. Let’s work on developing our faith in the Lord really reigning. Prayerfully studying and obeying God’s word with the support of other disciples can help us with this application.
2. The Lord’s reigning includes His judging. Notice how vss. 10, 13 talk about the Lord judging. This means that God will determine who is innocent and who is guilty. He will do it based on His own set of laws and requirements. And He will do it impeccable character.
This is good news for those who are living in obedience to God’s word (see Pro. 13:22b). This is bad news for those who are living in disobedience (see Mt. 13:30). But even the disobedient are called to repent, while we still have time (see I Jn. 1:8-9).
Let’s live like we believe that the Lord will judge. This kind of living should be noted for obedience, expectancy, and confidence.
3. We should declare the Lord’s reign. Notice how vs. 10 calls for us to “say” that the Lord reigns. On one hand, we should open our mouths and declare that the Lord is still on the throne (i.e., our praying, singing, preaching, giving, and interacting among one another should all enthusiastically point to the Lord’s reigning).
But on the other hand, some of our best expressions of praise and worship take place outside the church house. Passages like John 4:23; I Samuel 15:22; and Isaiah 29:13 support God wanting us to be true worshippers who live worshipful or God honoring lives.
Passages like Deuteronomy 29:18 and Hebrews 10:24-25 support the idea that the church should be a place and people who encourage and support one another to worship the Lord with our lips and lives. Let’s work on encouraging one another to be true worshippers of the Lord.
4. We should rejoice about the Lord. Notice how vss. 10-13 urge rejoicing. All of creation is to join the praise and worship period. How are you doing is this area? When God says rejoice and you sit there like a bump on a log, you are nor worshipping; you are loitering.
You are sinning against God, yourself, and those of us who sit around you who need your “amen” and “praise the Lord.” James 4:17 teaches about sins of omission. Let’s work on rejoicing, instead of just attending worship services.
5. We have so much to rejoice about. Notice how passages like Romans 12:1-2 and Proverbs 4:23 support the importance of getting our minds right. When we come into the Lord’s house, we should already be thinking about how good the Lord has been, is being, and promises to be. Let’s work on getting our minds right, so we can rejoice about the goodness of the Lord.
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