Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy. ~Psalm 99:9
Ps.99 is a powerful psalm that encourages us about the practice of the worship of God. Our modern-day Christianity lacks a true understanding of the Biblical practice of the worship of God. The worship of God is to be unhaughty, unhurried, unpretentious, and unrestrained. We are to worship God with all our heart, soul, and mind. Let us see this morning how the worship of God is the way into the holiest.
We see the RESPONSIBILITY for worship.
“The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved. The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people. Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy,” vs. 1-3. Our responsibility for the worship of God rests in the fact that God rules as all-powerful. He is all-powerful because He is our Maker. God is our Creator and Sustainer. Our source of being is from God. He is all-powerful because of His majesty. God reigns on high in heaven on His throne. There is no throne higher than God’s. There is no kingdom greater than the kingdom of God. He is God, and God alone! He is all-powerful because He is matchless. There are no governments, kings, laws, or rules that compare to God. We are His creation and subjects, and have the solemn responsibility to worship and adore God.
We see the RELATIONSHIP in worship.
“Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them,” vs. 6.Three of the greatest Old Testament examples of prayer and worship are referred to in this verse. These three men teach us that, through worship, we can be received in our asking. Moses, Aaron, and Samuel were spiritual leaders who had powerful prayer lives. Their prayers moved the hand of God in their favor. When we examine the prayer lives of these three men, they were God-fearing men of obedience who pleased God when they prayed. The Scriptures testify of the many prayers these men saw answered during their lifetime. Notice, “They called upon the LORD, and he answered them.” A holy worship of God gives us the privilege of seeing God answer our prayers over and over again.
We see the REVELATION through worship.
“He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them,” vs. 7. Through worship, God speaks to us. Worship increases our understanding of His holiness and all other attributes. Worship stirs our hearts to obedience to God. Worship elevates our hearts to having a constant readiness to enter into God’s presence to thank Him for Who He is. Worship increases our wisdom, prudence, and insight. Worship enables us to add to our faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. The first goal in worship is to exalt the Lord. The second goal in worship is to bring us more into conformity with God’s image.
The worship of God is a high priority of our daily living. The success of every Christian can be traced to our worship of God. The worship of God is the way into the holiest.
Does your worship of God need a jump start? Does your worship of God need a tune up? Do you see a correlation between your worship of God and answered prayer? Reflect on Ps. 99 and the secret of the way into the holiest.
Have a worship-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Chronicles 6-8