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Week 5: Worship

 

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But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Galatians 4:4-7

You see worship is our response to God for who He is and what He has done. And Worship is essential to deepening your relationship with Jesus. It is impossible to really know who God is and what He has done for us at the soul level - and not respond in worship and adoration. If you have a hard time worshiping God, it’s because you either have a diminished view of God or an elevated view of self. 

We worship God for who He is. He is GLORIOUS, above anything else in all of the cosmos. And we worship God for what HE has done. He has redeemed us. He has bestowed his GRACE upon us. That means that we worship God for His glory and His grace.  

The text we read implies that worship is more than just mental ascent to facts about God. Worship involves an emotive response to God. When we are just going through the motions of worship, it is because we have taken our eyes off of the gospel and we forgotten that God has saved us. We were spiritual orphans, hopeless and helpless and abandoned to a life of destruction. That we were slaves - slaves to fear, slaves to sin, slaves to our own selfish desires. And God, being rich in mercy, not because of anything that we did to clean ourselves up, He sent His Son to redeem us.

That means He paid the full price of our redemption that we would receive forgiveness as a free gift. And he didn’t stop there. God then adopts us as SONS. Whether you are male or female you have been adopted as a son. You see in the first century, when Paul was writing this, only sons would have a right to the inheritance of their parents. This means that all of us in Christ are heirs to all that God has for us. For that, He deserves to be worshipped. 

Now, worship involves much more than singing together in church, but it definitely includes that. God is really into the gathering of the saints (that’s anyone in Christ) and singing to and about the glory and grace of God. 

The Bible says in Psalm 96:

Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised…

Do you need to be reminded of the greatness of the Lord and that He deserves greatly to be praised? 

So this week at church as you worship privately, and this weekend at church as you worship corporately, sing differently. Sing louder. Sing with your heart. Sing like you’ve been redeemed. 

And watch God use your worship of Him to draw you deeper, and deeper and deeper into a relationship with Him.

Amen.