Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God’s people should praise and declare Him with enthusiasm. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to work on praising and declaring God with enthusiasm.
Read Psalm 96:1-6
I. Necessary Praise. The writer calls for the readers to sing to the Lord and praise His name. His glory is to be declared among the nations. The Sunday School material states the Lord is great and worthy to be praised.
- Praising with enthusiasm. Notice in vss. 1-4 that there is a call to sing to the Lord. First, we should make sure that we are worshipping God in our singing. Worship is not simply a talent show or a meaningless singing of what we hear on the radio. We should sing words that make biblical sense unto to the Lord.
Second, we should sing with enthusiasm. When we think about God’s glory (i.e., how wonderful He is) and His marvelous deeds, we should give enthusiastic praise. God’s greatness makes Him worthy of great praise.
Let’s work on praising God with more enthusiasm. Your enthusiastic worship helps to edify those around you.
- Fearing and obeying. Notice in vss. 4-5 that the Lord is to be feared above all other gods. First, all other gods are idols. They are either creations of our minds or creations of God (e.g., sun, moon, rivers, etc.). But only God is the creator of the world. Thus, only He is worthy of our praise.
Second, we should fear God so much that we obey Him. It is not enough to say that we fear God. Real fear should lead to obedience. Think about young children fearing their parents enough to be home before the curfew. Let’s work on fearing the Lord enough to obey Him.
Read Psalm 96:7-9
II. Informed Worship. In our Sunday School material there is a call to ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. An offering is to be brought into His courts. The Lord is to be worshiped in the splendor of His holiness.
- Worshiping and giving. Notice in vss. 8-9 the call to give glory to the Lord and bring an offering. First, we should remember that what we do in worship is unto the Lord. The worship leader may not deserve much applaud, but God deserves a standing ovation. The splendor of God’s holiness should move us to worship Him with deep reverence.
Second, worship should not stop when we are emotionally tickled. Just as God loved us enough to give to us (e.g., His Son and Holy Spirit), we should love Him enough to give to Him (i.e., tithes and offerings). Let’s work on giving God what He deserves, by way of worship and financial giving.
Read Psalm 96:10-13
III. Ruling Lord. There is a call to tell the nations that the Lord reigns in the Sunday School material. The Lord will judge the people with equity or fairness. All of creation is called to praise the Lord.
- Declaring God’s lordship. Notice in vs. 10 that there is a call to declare to the nations that the Lord reigns. Every believer should be declaring the salvation and lordship of Jesus with both their lips and lives.
We should be ready and deliberate about telling others about the salvation and lordship found in Jesus. But we should also live so people can see that He is the Lord of our lives. When what we say and how we live are in conflict, people are more likely to believe what they see. Let’s declare the salvation and lordship of Jesus with our lips and lives.
- God is the righteous judge. Notice in vss. 10, 13 of our Sunday School material that the Lord will judge with equity, righteousness, and faithfulness.
In other words, the Lord will fix whatever is out of order. Those who seem to be getting away with so much today will have to meet the righteous Judge. And those who suffer now will face the Judge who will make things right.
Let’s live like we believe that God will judge righteously. Such living should be known for obedience and confidence, in spite of distracting and uncomfortable situations.
Conclusion: Let’s work on praising and declaring God with enthusiasm. God has much for those who obey His will.Please click here to let us know, if this has been quality and helpful information for you (i.e., make sure you let us know the name of the article). Feel free to share your questions and comments about the article as well.