Seven Words of Worship-Harland & Moser-January 16, 2013
Week 2-Creation-January 16, 2013
Points to Ponder
- God created us in His image so that we might have a relationship with Him and fulfill His purpose on the earth.
- “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’” (Gen. 1:26). And the rest of the biblical story-from Genesis to Revelation-affirms that we are the embodiment of the image of God.
- Our role is to respond to His revelation with worship as we fulfill our purpose, both individually and corporately.
a) Purpose precedes creation
b) Purpose determines design
c) Our purpose coincides with our gifts and abilities
d) Our purpose is defined in our nature
e) Our purpose requires a disciplined response. (I Tim. 4:14, 15)
- God inhabits the praises of His people-He will always meet us there.
- God chose to speak many things into existence, but He chose to speak to man-and an eternal relationship was formed. All the efforts of the Creator were made for their benefit and He actually chose to dwell there with them. God’s desire was to provide a wonderful place for Adam and Eve.
- God provided everything Adam and Eve needed and He has provided everything we need to fulfill our purpose in ministry.
- Their improper response to God’s revelation made His presence frightening (Gen. 3:8).
- We were created to respond to God’s revelation with worship, which is our show of “religious reverence and intense love or admiration” for God alone.
- We can always identify what is “first and foremost” in our lives by taking a hard look at what attracts our attention the most.
- Worship requires faith, and God always responds to faith-filled worship.
- Step out on faith (Gen. 12:1-4).
- Belief leading to righteousness (Gen. 15:1-6).
- The first mention of the word worship in the Bible is found in Genesis 22:5. In the natural, Abraham’s act of worship could cost him everything-his hope, his future, his promise from God Himself. Surely Abraham experienced a crisis of belief! Surely he had his doubts. But Abraham knew by faith that he and Isaac would be back. He had had a revelation of God, and he knew his God would not let him down! Abraham’s worship-his act of obedience-was in direct response to that revelation.
- The word for worship shachah is used more than 100 times in the Old Testament, and it provides a picture of someone bowing, kneeling, stooping, or prostrating on the ground before God-the one who is lesser responding to the One who is clearly greater.
- Worship is not always easy and often costs the worshiper a great deal, yet the reward is great: we bear much fruit, prove to be Jesus’ disciples, and glorify our Father (John 15:5-8).
- Spending time with God to gain revelation is essential for worship. (Moses & Hebrews)
- God had called them to Himself, and now He was telling them how they were to live within the freedom He had given them. They were created for God’s purpose-to worship Him and dwell in His presence forever-and so are we.
- We still need to be reminded today that God is “the Lord our God” because we, too, face so many distractions. The allure of other gods is all around us. Every form of communication and entertainment is calling us to worship something or someone other than the true King of kings.
- The only way to understand who God is and what He has done is to spend time in His presence. Unless we position ourselves to hear from God, we can receive no revelations from Him. And without revelation, our worship will be hindered.
- It is in God’s presence that we really come to know Him-and ourselves. God makes many precious promises to His children throughout Scripture, and their value to our lives is based on our ability to believe all He had promised. But how can we believe One we do not know? It’s impossible!
- God is in us and among us, and His presence is available every time we worship Him.
- King David is regarded as a great warrior and king. But perhaps he is best known for his role as a worshiper and worship leader. God continually revealed Himself to David-in both the good times and the difficult times-and David’s response was worship (Ex. 29:45; 1 Chron. 15:1-3).
- Their lives depended upon their relationship with God. There could be no true worship without relationship between the One being worshiped and the worshiper. That was true in the Old Testament, and it is still true today.
- The mystery of the ages has been revealed: God in us and among us. And His presence is available every time we worship Him-wherever we may be (John 4:23-24).
- God sent Jesus to redeem us and make a way for us to enter God’s presence. That Way is Jesus Himself- the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).
- When we are alone, we can still worship because He has chosen to dwell with us and in us. This is the divine mystery that was hidden from the ages-Christ in us, the hope of glory!