The Lord is Worthy of Our WorshipBy: Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne
Publish date: 03/14/2020
Foundations of My Faith
The Lord is Worthy of Our Worship
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Psalm 100:1-5 KJV
1. Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord, All You Lands.
a. A “joyful noise” means: to shout; raise a sound; cry out; give a blast (on the trumpet); to shout a war-cry or alarm of battle; to sound a signal for war or march; to shout in triumph (over enemies); to shout in applause; to shout (moved by the Spirit); to cry out; to shout for joy.
b. We sing with a joyful and triumphal voice!
c. One of the meanings of “joyful noise” is “to split the ears!”
d. God enjoys it when we worship Him with a joyful heart and a LOUD noise.
e. Usually when people SHOUT about something—it is because they feel deeply, and are passionate, about that thing.
f. It is perfectly alright to shout joyfully in worship of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
g. The whole earth is invited and exhorted to joyfully worship Almighty God, our Creator.
2. Serve the Lord with Gladness.
a. The word serve has to do with total commitment—like a slave—except a willing one.
b. Jesus came to serve us and minister to us.
c. Matthew 20:28 NKJV — Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
d. Now He calls us to serve Him and to serve others.
e. John 12:25-26 ERV — Whoever loves the life they have now will lose it. But whoever is willing to give up their life in this world will keep it. They will have eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me. My servants must be with me everywhere I am. My Father will give honor to anyone who serves me.
f. Those who serve God, follow Him, submit to Him, and obey Him.
g. And they do it with gladness—not sadness or grumpiness.
h. The word Gladness means: blithesomeness; glee; exceeding gladness; joyfulness; mirth; pleasure; rejoicing.
3. Come Before His Presence with Singing.
a. Come into His presence—come before His face—with singing.
b. Because of the mercy and grace of God, through Jesus Christ, we can now come freely into His presence.
c. Open your mouth and come into His presence: with your sacrifice of worship, singing, and rejoicing.
d. Psalm 16:11 NKJV — You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
4. Know that the Lord is God!
a. Know—perceive, recognize, and understand—that the Lord is God!
b. Know means: to perceive; to see; find out and discern; to distinguish; to know by (personal) experience; to recognize; admit; acknowledge; confess; to consider; to be acquainted with; to have knowledge of.
c. Know that He is God.
d. Know that He made us.
e. Know that we did not make ourselves.
f. Know that we are His people.
g. Know that we are the sheep of His pasture.
h. We must worship Him as our Creator and the One Who knows us best and Who knows what is best for us.
i. Ephesians 2:10 AMPC — For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
j. We come to know God, and His character, when we believe His Word and what He says about Himself.
k. Hebrews 11:6 KJV — But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
5. Enter into His Presence with Thanksgiving and Praise.
a. Psalm 100:4 AMPC — Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!
b. Under the Old Covenant, the temple had an outer court with a gate (where the people could bring their sacrifices), an inner court (reserved for the priests), and the Holy of Holies (where the Presence of God dwelled and only the High Priest could enter).
c. We have the high privilege, by the blood of Jesus, to enter into the Holy of Holies—His Presence—with songs and confessions of praise, thankfulness and adoration, and to kneel and bow before Him as our Lord and King.
d. Before you ask Him for anything, you need to first enter His presence—with thanks and praise.
6. The Lord is Good!
a. Psalm 100:5 AMPC — For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.
b. He is ALL GOOD— as good as good can be—there is not one drop of evil in Him.
c. He is light and has no darkness in Him anywhere.
d. He is kind, loving, merciful, gracious, understanding, forgiving, patient, benign, and generous.
e. He cares intimately about our welfare and well-being.
f. His MERCY, kindness and favor is perpetual and never-ending.
g. His TRUTH stands unshaken and unmoving through every generation.
h. HE IS INDEED WORTHY OF ALL THE WORSHIP AND PRAISE WE CAN GIVE.
i.Choose to worship God in His way, according to His will, and be blessed for all eternity!