[IHFHBOH] 2016-02-05 - How Great is our God

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Let's say Bill Gates announced he was coming to our church next week, and would give away $100,000 to everyone who came by to shake his hand. Once word got out, I suspect a line would start to form, early that day. Even if the line went out the door and down the road a block or two, people would wait for the four or five hours that it might take to get through the line, to see Mr. Gates.Their time is valuable, but most would say the wait in line was worth the reward. How long would you be willing to wait?

During your wait, you might miss out on other things such as playing on an XBOX, or fishing with friends to shake Mr. Gates' hand and get that money. Receiving $100,000 was worth more to you than the activities you laid aside to stand in line. That is what worship is – it is simply putting value in something, so that it comes before other things.

So let's consider our worship of God. Why is he worthy?

Many passages in the bible discuss worshipping God, some explain how and others tell why. Let's look at a passage that discusses worship, out of the original worship hymn book in the Bible.

Psalm 96 (NKJV)
  1. Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
    Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
  2. Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
    Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
  3. Declare His glory among the nations,
    His wonders among all peoples.
  4. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised;
    He is to be feared above all gods.
  5. For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
    But the Lord made the heavens.
  6. Honor and majesty are before Him;
    Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
  7. Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
    Give to the Lord glory and strength.
  8. Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
    Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
  9. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
    Tremble before Him, all the earth.
  10. Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns;
    The world also is firmly established,
    It shall not be moved;
    He shall judge the peoples righteously.”
  11. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
    Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
  12. Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
    Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord.
  13. For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
    He shall judge the world with righteousness,
    And the peoples with His truth.

What verbs are used in this passage?
Are they active or passive? What does that indicate of our worship?
What reasons are given for worshipping God?
What other reasons can you think of?

Notice there is a change in verse 10, as the action transitions from worshipping God to sharing him with others. Remember the story about Mr. Gates. Wouldn't you share the news with others, so they could get in on the free money action? Of course, we would all share the news with other people.

Just as the offer from the head of Microsoft would expire at the end of the day, our time in this life will eventually expire. The end of this Psalm turns its attention from our worship to his judgment. What does it mean when the psalmist writes, "He shall judge the world with righteousness"?

Not only is it important for us to recognize that King Jesus will one day return to this earth in judgment; it is also important that we share that message.

How can your worship help others to know of the salvation offered by God?

God is worthy of our worship, because the salvation he offers is great news. He is worthy because of his strength, power, grace, and mercy. There are many reasons why he is worth our time and energy.

In the example, we began with how many of you would have told your friends about Bil Gates' offer. Just as that good news is worth sharing, so is the good news about Jesus being our Lord and Savior.

We must share the news now, because judgment will come one day.


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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted

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