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Sep 09, 2018 | Bernard McNeill

Journey to Worship

Isaiah 2:3
    Isaiah 2:3 (NKJV)
    Many people shall come and say, “Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord. To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem-Isaiah 2:3
     
    Preparation for worship should be undertaken as a journey requiring contemplation, self-awareness, reflection and celebration. God created every human being to worship Him only, but when the fall of man occurred in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), mankind shifted and began to worship many other things instead of God.
     
    How often do we reflect on our worship unto the Lord? There are times if we are not careful that we can find ourselves taking for granted all of the things God has done for us, making our worship casual. The heart of worship is not music & songs, but it is a surrendered heart that is in awe of the real Jesus of the Bible.
     
    In Psalm 122, King David called this poem a Song of Ascent, meaning that it was his journey to the top of the Hill or Mountain where the House of the Lord dwelled in Jerusalem, and he had gladness in his heart on this journey.
     
    Psalm 131:1 says “Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I exercise myself in great matters or in things too high for me.” In order for us to have a true heart of worship unto the Lord, we cannot be haughty and full of pride.
     
    True worship reveals who God is in our lives, and where God is on our list of priorities. Worship is a heart issue, and if our heart is fully submitted to the Lord, then we will live a lifestyle of holiness. Worship unto the Lord has to be non-negotiable for the life of every believer in Christ Jesus.
     
    Worship is a sacrifice, and it has to cost us something. In 2nd Samuel 24:18-25, King David wanted to build an altar unto the Lord so that he could worship Him. Before he built an altar King David was full of contemplation, which lead to his preparation, and brought about celebration. In 2nd Samuel 24:24, King David told Araunah that he wouldn’t sacrifice unto the Lord any burnt offerings that didn’t cost him anything.
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    Discussion
    • Have I become lax in my worship?
    §  Am I guilty of devoting my worship to other things?
    §  Is my worship a lifestyle or a routine?
    §  Does my worship cost me anything?
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    Source: “Journey to Worship,” Pastor Bernard McNeill, 09/09/18

    Series Information

    Our goal in every worship experience is that it will express proof of our love for God as we embrace God's love for us.