Focused and Purposeful Worship


     True worship of the God of heaven—the King of kings and Lord of lords—is as far from a spectator sport as you can get.  It requires the focus and purposeful involvement of your body, soul, and spirit.  It is an ongoing challenge to offer to the great King of heaven a sacrifice of worship that is worthy of His august presence and will be a sweet-smelling aroma before Him.

     David was a mortal who spent many hours of his life in worship.  “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue” (2 Samuel 23:2); therefore, His excellent counsel in Psalm 145 on how to offer focused and purposeful worship requires close examination and intentional implementation.  He writes, “One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.  I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wondrous works.  Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness.  They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness and shall sing of Your righteousness” (vv. 4-6).

     When worshiping the great I AM:

  • Rehearse His mighty acts (in your life and in the past) (v. 4). Use Isaiah 53, Ephesians 2:1-10, Titus 3:3-8, and Romans 8:24-37 as aids in this.
  • Meditate upon the glorious splendor of His majesty and wondrous works (v. 5). Use Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4 to assist you.
  • Reflect upon His greatness, the might of His awesome acts. Use Psalm 139 and Psalm 29—David’s meditation after a powerful thunderstorm had passed through Palestine—to help you.

     These things ought to help you to eagerly utter and joyfully sing the praises of God (Psalm 145:7).

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