Family Bible Study lesson for June 29: The Church - Worshiping God
June 13 2003 by Kim D. Shaver , Psalm 100:1-5: Revelation 5:1-10

Family Bible Study lesson for June 29: The Church - Worshiping God | Friday, June 13, 2003

Friday, June 13, 2003

Family Bible Study lesson for June 29: The Church - Worshiping God

By Kim D. Shaver Psalm 100:1-5: Revelation 5:1-10

Jesus told the woman at the well that God seeks "true worshipers who will worship the Father in spirit and truth" (John 4).

How can you become a true worshiper such as God seeks? How can we make our worship in the church more real and full of adoration?

In the most basic sense, worship is an encounter between a sinful human and the Holy God. This spiritual encounter, by faith, between the visible and invisible can take place in the corporate setting of the church or one-on-one through prayer and devotional time. When we truly encounter our ruling, infinite and loving God, we will be transformed. We are transformed to worship God in the way most pleasing to Him - to worship God through our lifestyle.

Ownership Psalm 100:1-3 Psalm 100 is a familiar call to worship and a declaration as to why God is worthy of worship. "Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His."

God is our creator; we did not create ourselves. Some people live as though they are the creator and center of their own little worlds. What a miserable, helpless and hopeless place to be! But when we realize we were made by God and for God and that He holds the world and our destiny, we are set free from our own pitiful self-interest and self-worship. We are set free to find the true meaning of life, the fulfillment of our personality and the secret of the universe in God.

Attributes Psalm 100:4-5 If worship is entering into the presence of Holy God, then how are we ushered into His presence? The Psalmist answers this question: "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise."

Nothing lifts us above our self-centeredness and temporal circumstances and into the presence of God like praise. We praise God for who He is, as revealed in Scripture - not for who we think He is or wish He were or who the world says He is. We praise Him for His attributes and His character as revealed in His word. In Psalm 100, some of God's attributes are praised: "God is good ... His love endures forever." God infinitely loves. "His faithfulness continues through all generations." God is utterly faithful and trustworthy.

If you long for your worship to be more real, meditate on the attributes of God.

Victory Revelation 5:1-5 Revelation 4 details John's vision of the throne room of heaven. In this passage, a mighty angel asks in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?"

In John's day, books were written on scrolls - pieces of papyrus up to 30 feet long, rolled up and sealed with clay or wax.

The scroll John sees contains the full account of what God has in store for the world. John "weeps and weeps" at the desperate and hopeless condition of the world apart from God when no one is found worthy to open the scroll. However, God's grace prevails when at last one is found worthy - the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Jesus Christ. Only Christ conquered sin, death and Satan, so only He can be trusted with the future of the world. And only He is worthy "to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!"

Sacrifice Revelation 5:6-10 This heavenly scene of worship culminates when the Lamb of God, "looking as if (He) had been slain," steps forward to the center of the throne, encircled by "the four living creatures and the elders." Jesus is pictured both as a Lion, symbolizing power, victory and authority, and as a Lamb, symbolizing His submission to God's will.

With the "precious and imperishable blood of the Lamb," Jesus "purchased men for God," gathered them into His kingdom, made us to be priests and appointed us to reign on earth. Christ the Lion is victorious because of the great, loving sacrifice of Christ the Lamb. Love so "amazing, so divine, demands my life, my soul, my all ..."

Jesus is worthy of our worship.

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6/13/2003 12:00:00 AM by Kim D. Shaver , Psalm 100:1-5: Revelation 5:1-10 | with 0 comments
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