Sunday School Material 12-14-14: Make A Joyful Noise

(Psalm 95:1-7a; 12/14/14)

Introduction:A key idea in today's Sunday School material is that the people of God are called to praise and worship God. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to work on our praise and worship of God.

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Read Psalm 95:1-5

I. Exhortation to Sing. The writer in our Sunday School material’s text invites the readers to join him in singing for joy with enthusiasm unto the Lord. There is to be thanksgiving. The Lord's greatness is mentioned.

Applications -

- Coming to praise the Lord corporately. Notice in vs. 1 that the writer calls for the listeners to come to praise the Lord with him.

First, we ought to come to the church with a mind to worship the Lord. We should not have to be hyped up to worship. That is what we came here to do.

Second, we should come with a mind to worship with the other believers. Corporate worship is not a time of individuals worshiping as individuals who just happen to be in the same place.

We come to worship together. Let’s work on coming to worship God with our sisters and brothers.

- Enthusiastic praise. Notice in vs. 1 that the singing is enthusiastic and aimed at the Lord. First, when we praise God, it should be with enthusiasm.

It is embarrassing to see how excited some of those in the church can get over a sports team and yet how non-demonstrative they are in worship.

Second, we should always remember that our praise is aimed at God, not people. We are not praising the worship leader nor our circumstances.

We are praising God who is always worthy of the praise. Let’s work on praising God with enthusiasm.

- Thanksgiving. Notice in vs. 2 of our Sunday School material that our praise should include thanksgiving, singing, and music. No matter how bad things may look in our lives, we always have so much to thank God for.

We can thank God that things are not worse. And we can thank God that things will get better, even if it is after death. Our singing should include a healthy dose of thanksgiving.

Music should accompany, not compete with singing. Let’s work on expressing our thanksgiving towards God by way of our lyrics, singing, and music.

- God’s greatness. Notice in vs. 3 that the Lord is the great God, the King above all gods, the One who owns the sea, mountain peaks, and dry land. God is in a category all by Himself. 

Instead of trying to impress one another with how much we know about God, we should strive to demonstrate that God is great in our lives, by obeying Him greatly. 

When we fail to live up to His word, we are not behaving as if God is great. Let’s obey the Lord like He is the greatest in our lives. 

Read Psalm 95:6-7a

II. Exhortation to Worship. In our Sunday School material the writer calls for worshiping the Lord. There is a call for bowing down. There is mention of Him being our God and our being His people.

Applications -

- Worship compared to praise. Notice in vs. 6 that there is a call to worship, bow down, and kneel before the Lord. 

One of the many ways of distinguishing praise from worship may be to say that praise is an enthusiastic appreciation of God and His goodness. Whereas worship has more to do with expressing our surrender to God. 

Praise is a form of worship. But worship is broader than praise. For example, when disciples pay their tithes and give their offerings, we are worshiping and surrendering to God, even though it may not be considered praise. 

By this definition, our entire lives, including our service, are acts of worship and surrender to God. Let’s work on worshiping and surrendering to God in worship services and with our very lives, outside of the worship service. 

- The worship by God’s people. Notice in vs. 7a that praise and worship are called for from those who belong to God. 

Although many may be able to go through the motions of praise and worship, God is only pleased with that which comes from His people. 

And those who belong to Him ought to find it a joy and not a chore to praise and worship God. Let’s work on praising and worshiping God, as His people. The only way for us to belong to God is to accept Christ as our savior by faith. 

Conclusion: Let’s work on our praise and worship of God. God has much for those who obey His will.

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