Sunday - January 14, 2018     

24/7 - Live To Worship

 

 

One of the things that we have to be constantly mindful of is how and when and where we are worshipping God. We are wrong to just assume that what we are doing is pleasing to God and renewing of our soul as Christians. Worship is not just the way we begin our week (on Sunday) or start our day (in private prayer), but how we choose to let all of life funnel through our hearts as we live to worship God in everything.

 

 

Worship is….  (various quotes)

 

 

How do you define worship? Because the way you define worship will determine what kind of worship is most important to you and therefore what you or how you most often worship God.

 

 

Worship is commonly understood as being:

  • Private/ Alone / Individual
  • Public / Gathered /Community 
  • Prevailing / On the Go / Global

 

 

This morning I am teaching from the story of Noah which is a story of great faith, great will, great deliverance, and a great life of worship…

 

 

Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you, birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by their families from the ark. 20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 The Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.      (Genesis 8:15-22, NASB)

 

 

Noah certainly worshipped God in a very public way with his family and all of the animal watching him build an altar and sacrifice. He also was a person who in his private life was worshiping God because he was righteous and devout (See Genesis 6 /  How did he do that without a Bible or a church or a band?) 

 

 

He worshipped God with his heart (private) and he worshiped God with his gifts (public), but he worshipped God with his daily obedience that led up to God seeing him as a trustworthy ark builder, a capable animal custodian, and THE new agent of procreation following the flood (practical).

 

 

"As worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. Holy obedience saves worship from becoming an opiate, an escape from the pressing needs of modern life."    -   Richard Foster

 

 

Obedience (trusting faith) is a way of worshiping God in our choices that is both a big choice and many smaller choices in life.   

 

 

 If we live to worship…

  • Daily bowing our hearts in pause to God’s presence, provision, and power in our life
  • Weekly (routinely) gathering as a witness to others that our God is worthy of our time/attention and our public bowing
  • Acting in obedience constantly and consistently in ways that acknowledge Him and signify our trust in Him

 

 

Close:

Do you think that God ever thinks: “They are overdoing it. They are worshipping me too much?”

 

 

Going Deeper in the Word - 

Here is a short guided devotional to help you go further in today’s teaching. These 5 “R’s” can be a way to engage with scripture and spiritual topics to give us insight to what God is saying to us and how we can respond.

 

 

READ - 

* All of Genesis 6, 7, 8

 

 

REFLECT

  • Is this story the same as you remember it?
  • Have you ever thought about how Noah worshipped?

 

 

REPENT

  • What do you think God thinks about your willingness to worship Him and your commitment to worship Him always?
  • Pray - God, I want to live a life of worship. I want to connect my heart to your loving heart. I want to surrender to Your presence in all things. Help me! Change my heart, and my attitudes, and my hopes towards You. Amen.

 

 

REFOCUS

  • Noah worships God following the rescue of the flood in a public way. What miracles in your life have happened and you have never worshipped God for doing a great thing?
  • Read Revelation 9:9,11 and draw a picture of what that might look like one day. What would it look like today?

 

 

RESTART

* How will today be a fresh beginning for you in worshipping God personally, publicly, and practically?