Praise and Worship the Lord

Psalm 95:1-7

A young executive was leaving the office late one
evening when he found the CEO standing in front of
a shredder with a piece of paper in his hand.

“Listen,” said the CEO, “this is a very sensitive and
important document here, and my secretary has
gone for the night. Can you make this thing work?”

“Certainly,” said the young executive. He turned
the machine on, inserted the paper, and pressed
the start button.

“Excellent, excellent!” said the CEO as his paper
disappeared inside the machine. “I just need one
copy.”

Today I want to start by saying thank you for being such
a wonderful church family. These past 9 years have been
incredible and I definitely don’t tell you enough how
thankful I am to be your pastor. I’m so grateful that God
called me here and has kept me here, despite my faults.
I feel so unworthy at times, but I know that He is
working and wants to continue the work He has started
here.

That being said, let’s turn to the 95th Psalm.
We are going to be looking at the first 7 verses this
morning

Psalm 95:1-7

The Psalmist here invites the readers to praise and
worship the Lord. He describes the how and the why
behind both. First we will examine the how.

Let’s start by taking a moment to talk about the
difference between praise and worship.

They are NOT the same things.
Even though some people use them interchangeably.
Praise is defined this way, “the expression of one’s
gratitude and respect towards a deity especially in a song.
We Praise God through Song and with our Voice
In vv.1-2 the Psalmist writes, let us sing for joy to the
Lord and let us shout joyfully to the Lord.

Praise is how a believer expresses the joy and gratitude
they have to the God of the universe.
It sometimes comes out in song, sometimes in shouting.
But the point is that we don’t keep it inside.
The Bible mentions if the people remain silent the rocks
will cry out.

All of creation was meant to praise God.

Psalm 148:7-14 “Praise the Lord from the earth,
sea monsters and all deeps; fire and hail, snow and
clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His word; mountains
and all hills; fruit trees and all cedars; beasts and
all cattle; creeping things and winged fowl; kings of
the earth and all peoples; princes and all judges of
the earth; both young men and virgins; old men
and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above
the earth and heaven. And He has lifted up a horn
for His people, Praise for all His godly ones; even
for the sons of Israel, a people near to Him. Praise
the Lord!”

The Psalmist also mentions coming into the presence of
the Lord with thanksgiving. This gets to the heart of the
purpose of praise. James mentions that every good and
perfect gift comes from the Father above.
We have been so blessed by God and when we praise
Him we are acknowledging His greatness and being
thankful for not only who He is, but for everything He
has done.

Worship is defined as the “feeling or expression of
reverence and adoration for a deity”

The Greek word for worship is proskuneo and it means to
bow down

The Hebrew word for worship is Shaha and it means to
bow low or prostrate oneself.

We Worship God out of Humility and Reverence
The idea is one of awe and reverence towards God.
Jesus spoke to the woman at the well and told her this,
“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true
worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and
truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His
worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship
Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:23-24

When we worship, we humble ourselves out of fear and
reverence for God.
Listen to the words the Psalmist uses:
Come let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before
our maker.
When we humble ourselves before the almighty God, we
are acknowledging His authority over us. We are
surrendering to a life of service to Him.

Now that we have talked about the way God desires us to
praise and worship Him, let’s talk about the reason or the
why behind our praise and worship.

God is our Redeemer

In v.1 the Psalmist describes God as the rock of our
salvation.

Put another way, we worship God because He is our
redeemer. The Bible is a great big story about the
redemption of mankind. God created us in His image, we
sinned and He provided a way through His Son for us to
be reconciled to Him because of His great grace and
mercy.
The Bible calls Him the rock – this speaks to the eternal
nature of God. He is timeless, He has always existed and
He will never cease to exist. God is our rock, because He
doesn’t move, He is always there. He reminds us that
when we seek Him He can be found.

God is Great

Verse 3 says, we ought to praise God for He is a great
God.
We don’t serve a God that is dead.
He is alive and is constantly at work in and around our
lives.
Other religions serve gods who have passed away.
Some serve idols that they created with their own hands.
Our God is alive and we know that because He lives
within us. He has sent His Spirit to dwell inside of us so
that we never forget that God is alive. He’s constantly
with us.

And God is above all kings. Jesus is known as the Lord of
lords and King of kings. There is none greater than He.

God is Creator

Verses 4-5 describe God as Creator.
They talk about how God formed the mountains and the
sea with His hands.
God is worthy of our worship because He created
everything.

I’m going to take a brief moment to invite you to
Wednesday evening service. Not this week, because we
won’t be here. But next week…
We start at 7PM and we have just started a new series
through Genesis. Last week we had a wonderful
discussion about how God created everything from
nothing with just His voice. We talked about how He
created all the space in the first 3 days and then He
created everything to fill the space in the next three
days. God is a God of order, not chaos. He is worthy of
our worship because He is our creator and we are made
in His image.
If you’ve never joined us on Wednesday evening, please
consider coming.

The final 2 verses of our text talk about us being the
sheep of His pasture and His hand.

God is our Shepherd

Remember a few weeks ago we studied the I AM
statements of Jesus. In one of those statements He
called Himself the good shepherd.

What that means is that He knows us personally and
desires a relationship with us. He knows everything about
us because He created us and He loves us.
And since He knows us and created us for relationship,
we can hear from Him personally. We know His voice
and can talk to Him one on one.
This is one of my favorite things about God; when Jesus
died on the cross, the veil in the temple was torn
signifying that we have full and direct access to God. We
are called to come boldly before the throne of grace as
we pray to the heavenly Father.

We can thank Him personally for saving us, we can praise
Him for being holy, we can worship Him joyfully and
reverently.

APPLICATION

We belong to God.

We are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His
hand.
He alone is worthy of our worship and praise.

This morning I’m asking you to
Pause to Ponder who you Praise

We can praise people but that’s not what the Psalmist is
inviting us to do. The Psalmist is telling God is great and
we should worship Him and praise Him.

We can worship people or things, but that’s not what God
desires from us either.
Take just a moment or two to consider who you praise
and worship. If you have put someone or something
ahead of God, take time to ask for forgiveness.
God should be our number one priority!

Jesus said to seek first the kingdom of God
Who are you seeking today?

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