Some Thoughts About Worship
22 Mar 19
A1 Old Testament
C1 Psalms 95:2 GNB Let us come before him with thanksgiving and sing joyful songs of praise.
C2 Psalms 100:2 NRSV Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
C1 Psalms 107:21-22 WEB Let them praise Yahweh for his loving kindness, for his wonderful deeds to the children of men! 22 Let them offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his deeds with singing.
C2 Psalms 141:2 WEB Let my prayer be set before you like incense; the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice.
C3 Proverbs 15:8 WEB The sacrifice made by the wicked is an abomination to Yahweh, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
C1 Under the Mosaic Law, there were
D1 By time
E1 Daily—Exodus 29:38-39
E2 Weekly—Numbers 28:9-10
E3 Monthly—Numbers 28:11
E4 Yearly—1 Samuel 1:21
D2 By group
E1 The nation—Leviticus 16:15-30
E2 The individual—Leviticus 17:8
D3 By type
E1 Burnt offering—Leviticus 1:1-17
E2 Sin offering for sins of ignorance—Leviticus 4:1-35
E3 Trespass offerings for willful sin—Leviticus 6:1-7
E4 Peace offering—Leviticus 3:1-17
C2 They were a foreshadow of the perfect, complete sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 10:1, 10-12 NLT The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. … For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
C1 Psalms 100:4 GNB Enter the Temple gates with thanksgiving; go into its courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise him.
C2 Nehemiah 8:5-6 GNB As Ezra stood there on the platform high above the people, they all kept their eyes fixed on him. As soon as he opened the book, they all stood up. 6 Ezra said, “Praise the LORD, the great God!” All the people raised their arms in the air and answered, “Amen! Amen!” They knelt in worship, with their faces to the ground.
B5 Confession of sin
C1 Hosea 14:2 GW Return to the LORD, and say these things to him: “Forgive all our sins, and kindly receive us. Then we’ll praise you with our lips.
C2 Psalms 66:18 GNB If I had ignored my sins, the Lord would not have listened to me.
B6 Often teaching/reading
B5 A life to live
B6 As a nation (Israel from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to end of Millennium).
A2 New Testament
C3 Spiritual songs
D1 Ephesians 5:19 NKJV speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
D2 Colossians 3:16 NKJV Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
D1 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 NKJV Pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
D2 James 5:13 NKJV Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
D1 James 5:16 NKJV Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
D2 1 Timothy 2:8 WEL Therefore, I want men to pray wherever they are, lifting up holy hands without anger and doubt.
D1 Romans 12:1-2 GNB So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. 2 Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.
D2 Luke 9:23-24 NRSV Then he said to them all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.
D1 Hebrews 13:15 NRSV Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.
D2 Ephesians 5:20 NRSV Giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
D3 Psalms 50:23 NKJV Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.
D1 Philippians 4:6 WEL Don’t worry about anything. Instead in everything with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
D2 Luke 24:52-53 GNB They worshiped him and went back into Jerusalem, filled with great joy, 53 and spent all their time in the Temple giving thanks to God.
C4 Giving (to God first, the local brothers and sisters next, the brothers and sisters in the greater area and world, and lastly the unsaved and preach the Gospel. Hebrews 13:16 NRSV Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
B4 Trust in God: Hebrews 11:6 WEL But without faith, [it is] impossible to please [God], because the one who comes to God must believe that he exists and a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
B5 Remembering: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 NKJV The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
B5 Teaching and Reading
D1 1 Corinthians 14:26 NKJV How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
D2 1 Timothy 4:13 GW Until I get there, concentrate on reading Scripture in worship, giving encouraging messages, and teaching people.
B6 A life to live
B7 As a family (Christians of all time Pentecost to Rapture)
C1 Hebrews 13:16 NKJV But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
C2 Ephesians 4:28 NKJV Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
C2 In honor to Him
D1 Psalms 96:8-9 NKJV 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.
B2 In truth and in spirit, not just outward and mechanical
C1 John 4:23-24 NRSV But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
C2 Isaiah 29:13 NKJV Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men.
B3 Not in human devised ways
C1 Colossians 2:23 GNB Of course such rules appear to be based on wisdom in their forced worship of angels, and false humility, and severe treatment of the body; but they have no real value in controlling physical passions.
Don’t forget fellowship
Some Thoughts About Worship