Pastor Ronnie McDougall : Personal Worship

Authentic Worship · 46:05 · Recorded June 16, 2019

Acts 13:22 (NIV) After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

Personal Worship

Psalm 139:13-14 (ESV) For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Making worship personal

I prepare my heart & home to encounter God.

Psalm 5:3 (NIV) In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

I search my heart with God.

Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT) Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

I know God through his Word.

Psalm 119:18 (TLB) Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your Word.

I honor God through music.

Psalm 100:1-5 (NLT) Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

I share with God in prayer.

Psalm 63:1-5 (TLB) O God, my God! How I search for you! How I thirst for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. How I long to find you! How I wish I could go into your sanctuary to see your strength and glory, for your love and kindness are better to me than life itself. How I praise you! I will bless you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. At last I shall be fully satisfied; I will praise you with great joy.

I place my day and life in God’s care.

Psalm 37:3-5 (NIV) Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord.

Practical things to consider

1. When?

I’d recommend starting your day off with God. Before you’re tired from the day’s activities; before you’ve sinned.

2. How often?

You should aim for daily. There will be days that slip by and you forget, but don’t give up or beat yourself up, just start the next day.

3. Where?

Choose a place that is quiet where you and God can be alone.

4. How long?

There is no magic time, but I encourage you to start realistically and watch it build over time.

5. Don’t get in a rut.

Vary your routine for a fresh experience. Maybe read a devotional book. Take a walk in the early morning instead of sitting at a desk. Alter your prayer objectives. Change the length of time. Write out your prayers.

6. Stick to it!

Behavior specialists tell us that it usually takes most people a minimum of 21 days of successful attempts to establish a new habit.

  • What was the one thing that struck you today that you had not given thought to before in terms of personal worship?

  • Looking at David’s life and hearing that he has had great victories along with major failures, does it bring you encouragement knowing God knew David before he was born and still said he was “a man after my own heart?” Explain why or why not?

  • How do you start your day? When is the first time you enter into a conversation with God? Do you see benefits from starting your morning with him, and inviting him into your day?

  • Truth be told, we often don’t keep “short accounts” of people who have offended, wronged, or hurt us. Yet we can often overlook our own sin and let a lot of time go by, maybe “hoping God will forget.” This was huge for David’s relationship with God. How do you regularly spend this kind of time with God? How will you start?

  • Being in the word daily is critical to your growing relationship with God. Do you crack your Bible open Monday through Saturday? Do you have a plan of what to read? A great resource to download is https://www.bible.com/app which can help you with devotionals, Bible versions, reading plans, and much more.

  • What worship songs do you listen to on your own? ‘Placing my day in God’s care’ is about what’s going on in your head and heart. Are there any changes you need to make to your daily routine so that you are better prepared to take on your daily battles?

  • Elementary Parents, today we celebrated together as all elemen-tary kids moved up into their new grades! 1st & 2nd graders learned that living for God’s kingdom is the best life for me. 3rd & 4th graders learned that God made me to live my life in light of his big picture. 5th & 6th graders learned when we live by God’s power, we can be a light to the world. Ask your kids what the bottom line was and what that means to them.

  • Lion And The Lamb

  • Mighty Warrior

  • Fight My Battles Medley

  • Nothing Else

  • Love So Great

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