Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, December 13, 2013
The two most important subjects in our mental attitude that we must understand is the biblical subject of love.
The Samaritans were half-Jewish and half-Gentile and they claimed Jacob’s well as a sacred place of worship.
TLJC was the first member of the human race who was pleroo, filled with the Spirit, not John the Baptist in LUK 1:15, he was pletho or influenced and supplied or endued with the Holy Spirit, but not filled with the Spirit.
The word for worship which is proskuneo, which means to kiss, it has the connotation of a dog licking his master’s hand, it also means to prostrate oneself in homage or to do reverence to, to adore.
PSA 2:12 says in the NIV, the Bible says “Kiss the Son lest He be angry.”
Many believers shy away from the word because they think it connotes a lot of emotional activity and behaving in a way that they are uncomfortable with.
Cain’s worship and sacrifice was rejected by God because it was incorrect worship, GEN 4:5.
GEN 4:5 but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell.
Serving is directly related to worship.
The book of life is a registry containing the names of every member of the human race in time.
REV 13:8 are no longer in the book of life is because they have received the mark of the beast and therefore rejected TLJC and have accepted Satan.
The most important reason for having the proper mental attitude of worship is because worship is of great importance to God.
Simply because it is a matter of great importance to God and because false worship leads to dire consequences.
a. The first one is Humility.
The most frequent word in both the Old and New Testaments is one which means to make obeisance, to bow down, to prostrate.
The Hebrew word is shachah and the Greek word is proskuneo. Both words denote the act of bowing or prostrating oneself in submissiveness and reverence.
The outward posture reflected an inner attitude of humility and respect.
As the word relates to worship, it denotes a high view of God and a condescending opinion of self.
b. A second word which identifies what true worship is and how you should think about it in the mentality of your soul is the word reverence.
The Hebrew word is yare, and the Greek term is deos. The idea of both the Greek and the Hebrew is that of fearing God.
When it comes to true worship, the Bible differentiates “humility” from “reverence” in that the first pair of terms focus inward.
We are aware of our finiteness and sinfulness in the light of His infinity and perfection.
The second pair of terms focus outwardly upon the awesome majesty of God. Irreverence is antithetical to worship.
It was the irreverence of the Corinthians at the Lord’s Table that required such severe discipline as sickness and death lCo 11:30.
Paul is saying that to participate in the remembrance of the Lord’s Table, to partake of the elements which symbolize the body of our Lord in a disrespectful or irreverent way is to bring upon ourselves the discipline of God.
In Corinth, drunkenness and superficiality at the Lord’s Table revealed a spirit of irreverence which is diametrically opposed to true worship.
The third pair of terms employed for worship in the Bible emphasize service. The Hebrew term, abad, and its Greek counterpart, latreuo’, denotes the idea “to work, to labor, or to serve.”
In the New Testament we are told that we are all priests of God, (lPe 2:5,9), so that this term does not apply only to the service of the few, but of the entire congregation of believers in Christ.
It was no surprise that when we find Satan tempting our Lord to worship him, LUK 4:7, that Satan was not asking our Lord simply to fall to the ground before him. He was asking the Lord to acknowledge him as sovereign and to surrender to him in service.
This is why our Lord responded, “It is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.” (LUK 4:8).
Worship and service cannot be isolated, but rather they must be integrated, if it is to be true worship.
MAT 12:18, God the Father said about TLJC “Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased;
MAT 20:28, the Lord revealed this service to His Father, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
The Hebrew term, abad, and its Greek counterpart, latreuo’, denotes the idea “to work, to labor, or to serve.”
It was no surprise that when we find Satan tempting our Lord to worship him, our Lord responded, “It is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.” (LUK 4:8).
Worship and service cannot be isolated, but rather they must be integrated, if it is to be true worship.
1. Response. The first facet of worship that we should consider is that of response. Worship, from man’s perspective is primarily a matter of response. It is a response of appreciation, gratefulness, gratitude, and thankfulness.
Although man has been created with a desire for that which is eternal placed within his conscience, ECC 3:11, we are to worship not so much because we feel the need of doing so, but because God has first revealed Himself to us.
The case is similar to that of love, concerning which we are told, in lJo 4:19 We love, because He first loved us.
We are to worship God because He has given our life meaning and purpose and definition.
When we don’t take for granted principles such as fallen man could never approach a righteous and Holy God, so God in the person of Jesus Christ made us just and righteous by His work on the cross for us, ROM 3:21-24, worship is easy.
This is not to be a struggle but simply a response because the Holy Spirit works within us to enable us to worship, PHI 3:3.
PHI 3:3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,
Worship is from God, through God, and unto God.
2. A second facet of worship is adoration and praise. If worship is fundamentally a response, what is the nature of this response?
Throughout the book of Psalms we find the continual expression, “Praise the Lord.”
TLJC praised God, MAT 11:25; LUK 10:21.
The early church praised God, ACT 2:47; ACT 16:25.
Perhaps that is another reason why God said in ACT 13:22 “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.”
3. A third essential facet of worship is sacrifice. Central in the worship of Israel in the Tabernacle and in the Temple was the practice of sacrifice.
Under the first mention principle, the first time worship was mentioned in the Bible was when Abraham worshiped God in Genesis chapter 22, on the mountain of Moriah.
This was the same mountain which is the hill on where Solomon built the Temple, 2CH 3:1. The word means “chosen by the Lord.”
LUK 23:33 And when they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.
The point is that this offering was termed worship.
The presentation of the first-fruits was also regarded as an act of worship, DEU 26:10.
DEU 26:10 ‘And now behold, I have brought the first of the produce of the ground which, Thou, 0 Lord hast given me.’ And you shall set it down before the Lord your God, and worship before the Lord your God;
When the wise men came to worship the baby Who was the Savior of the world, they came with gifts to give, and this was called worship.
When David sinned by numbering the people of Israel and God stretched forth His hand with the plague, judgment was stayed when David built an altar on the threshing floor of Ornan.
The worship was to be a sacrifice not a left-over.
In the New Testament the idea of sacrifice is still prominent in worship, but rather than the sacrifice of offerings it is the sacrifice of self which is essential.
The book of Hebrews adds to this the sacrifice of praise, of doing good and of sharing (Hebrews 13:15-16).
4. And then a fourth essential facet of worship is proclamation. The aspect of proclamation admittedly is perhaps most subject to debate, but it nevertheless seems to me to be a vital part of worship.
The nation Israel was not to worship God in secret, but was to be a “light to the Gentiles.”
In the New Testament, we are told that the church has been created by God, EPH 3:10 in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.
Whenever we partake of the Lord’s Table, we “proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes,” (lCo 11:26).
Worship is the humble response of regenerate men to the God, based upon the work of God, achieved through the activity of God, directed to God and is expressed by the lips in praise and by the life in service.
Worship is revealed by prayer, by communication of the word of God of God, through singing and music, serving and giving.
Are our prayers marked by adoration and praise?
Do they focus upon Who God is and what He has done? Or do they turn into grocery lists of petitions for our needs?
I am not saying that it is wrong to make our requests known to God for we are instructed to do so, PHI 4:6.
I am saying that we should not deceive ourselves into thinking that in so doing we are worshiping God.
If you have trouble beginning, simply start by considering the attributes of God, consider His mercy, love, longsuffering, and so on.
Whenever we give our time, talent or treasure, what we are really giving is a portion of ourselves.
Every time you learn doctrine under the filling of the Spirit that is what you are doing toward God, you are worshipping God, PSA 56:4,10.
A worship and love and appreciation that is revealed by how you think, how you live your life, and how you spend your time.
A worship and love and appreciation that is revealed by how you use your time, talent, treasure, and spiritual gift for the cause of Christ.
A worship and love and appreciation that is revealed by how you treat other members of the human race.
A worship and love and appreciation that is revealed by how you treat other members of the Royal family of God.
The difference between living in the cosmic system and advancing to spiritual maturity and worshipping God like this depends on the thought content in your soul.
Once you get into the cosmic system and reversionism, the arrogance skills hinder the function of divine viewpoint.
This is why Scripture emphasizes the fact that God makes war against the arrogant believer but He gives grace to the humble believer, JAM 4:6; lPe 5:5.
a. Cognition–both the act and the process of inculcation of Bible doctrine.
b. Thinking–the application of metabolized doctrine.
c. Solving–understanding and using the problem solving devices by which we make accurate and correct application to experience.