Psalm 95 (NIV84)
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
3 For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
7 for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.
Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,
as you did that day at Massah in the desert,
9 where your fathers tested and tried me,
though they had seen what I did.
10 For forty years I was angry with that generation;
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray,
and they have not known my ways.”
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
“They shall never enter my rest.”
What is worship?
• Worship is the act of assigning ultimate value to something in a way that energizes and engages your whole being.
Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT) And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
What happens when we worship?
• Worship engages and transforms every aspect of your person: mind, will, and emotions.
Colossians 2:12-13 (NLT) For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.
How do we live a life of worship?
• Put Jesus first in every moment.
John 15:4-5 (TPT) “So you must remain in life-union with me, for I remain in life-union with you. For as a branch severed from the vine will not bear fruit, so your life will be fruitless unless you live your life intimately joined to mine. I am the sprouting vine and you’re my branches. As you live in union with me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you—but when you live separated from me you are powerless.”
What I need to worship well:
• I need community.
• I need truth.
• I need the spirit.
• I need to experience “gospel rest”.
Growing Deeper Together
Use these questions throughout the week as part of your quiet time, in your small group, or over coffee with a friend to help you apply what you learned in today’s message.*
• Make the evaluation: What do you worship?
Where do I spend my money?
If some thing were taken away, what would make me most upset?
Where do I invest my time?
• Finish this sentence: As long as I have ______, I’ll be OK.
I’m choosing to reorder my life with God at the top.
I’m going to make God the priority in my schedule (quiet times, private worship, fasting, prayer, etc.).
I’m going to give my money back to God through my tithes and offerings.
I’m going to pray and ask God to help me keep him in the right place in my life.
• This week I’m going to tell somebody (or somebodies!) that Jesus is number one in my life and ask a friend to hold me accountable for it.
With a passion for Christ that is undeniable, Shane directly involves his listeners in each message. He speaks with high energy and delivers powerful teaching that is relevant to current life issues.
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