This is the third and final blog in our Deeper(Worship) series, and in this series we’ve discussed a bunch of different topics that centered around worshipping God. We’ve learned that worship shouldn’t always happen on church days or nights like Sunday morning or Wednesday night. In week one we learned that true worship begins with repentance. We looked at Nehemiah 9:1-3 which says,
“Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners as they confessed their own sins and the sins of their ancestors. 3 They remained standing in place for three hours while the Book of the Law of the Lord their God was read aloud to them. Then for three more hours they confessed their sins and worshiped the Lord their God.”
We also learned that Worship involves sacrifice, Romans 12:1 tells us,
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him”
We finished up week one by learning that Worship is rooted in reverence and respect for God. Revelation 14:7 says, “Fear God,” he shouted. “Give glory to him. For the time has come when he will sit as judge. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all the springs of water.”
Then last week we asked two very important questions, 1) “What does Biblical worship look like? And 2) “How can I apply it to my goal of an everyday lifestyle of worship?”
We found that worship begins intentionally at the beginning of every day. For too long we have accepted that worship happens at a set time in a set location like a church. In fact church shouldn’t be more than a vitamin in your overall spiritual health.
John 4:23-24, Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman, teaches us that it is now time for those who worship God in spirit and in truth to rise up. Worshiping God in spirit, wherever they are, and in truth, through Jesus Christ, our bridge to the Father.
Tonight we’re going to conclude our conversation by looking at biblical expressions of worship, then see how we can apply this topic to our own personal walk with, and worship of God.
Let’s start the conversation by looked at a pretty well known passage in 2 Samuel.
When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!”
21 David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord. 22 Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! But those servant girls you mentioned will indeed think I am distinguished!” 23 So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life.
To set the stage of what is going on here is the Ark of the Covenant is being moved from the house of Abinadab to the City of David, now the following events will be their own series in Deeper and we don’t have time to go into all the details, but this Ark is where the presence of God rested among His people. This incredible Old Testament event sheds some very important light on what Biblical worship looks like. So we’re going to breakdown this passage,