"What I believe about God is the most important thing about me." - A W Tozer
Psalm 100 - ESV
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Worship is coming to celebrate Our LORD and God, not to find Him. To bask in his presence.
Joy in worship - it is choosing to worship, expressing joy in the LORD, even if you don't feel it. In your act of choice, the 'feeling' will follow.
Serve the LORD with gladness in your life's duties. Serve with verve/vigor. Make a choice that in all you do, you deliberately do it unto the LORD
Come into His presence with singing - God inhabits our praise raised to Him in the form of singing.
Worship in Truth
Know Him as God
Know Him as God who is!
Know Him as a God who is personal.
Know Him as a God who made me.
God becomes our God when we open the door of our hearts to him. As His child we can:
Know that we are His -
Know we are His sheep
Know we are His sheep in His pasture.
We are given an identity in God, a personal, named identity.
Therefore, let's enter God's presence with thanks giving, enter his courts with praise.
WHY? The LORD is good. His "Checed" (Hebrew word with many meanings but steadfast love, loving kindness, mercy and favor are a few of the English words used in an effort to bring the true meaning of the word to life) love endures forever, faithful to and through all generations.
Put together with notes from messages on worship by John Weldon.