Sharing the Greatness of God

Posted on 06/03/2007 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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Good morning and welcome! I hope you came with a hunger and a thirst for something more. I hope you came hungry and thirsty for God, for his Spirit, for a deeper walk with him. Because those who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled.

Let's all stand to our feet and start this service with prayer.

Lord God, we want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet together in this place, to seek after your presence and to find your corporate anointing even though we are many miles apart.

We invite you, Holy Spirit, to saturate this place and to have free rein here today. Help us come into your presence, as we lay aside all our worries and cares, and turn our attention completely on Jesus.

Lord, we bring Sally before you. You feel her broken heart, and you see her love and her sense of great loss and urgency. Only you know the beginning to the end, and you know what you have in store for her. We ask that your will be done in this situation. Give Sally peace and comfort, and wrap her in your arms. May she turn these emotions toward seeking after you like never before, and may her love be returned by the man you have been preparing for her.

We join with Faina in thanking you for restoring a friendship. We pray that her friend Xavier will find strength in you through this time in which he is. We also agree with Faina that you will continue to be with those touched by the Virginia Tech shootings, and that souls would be drawn to you as a result.

We pray for Abbie. Thank you for healing her eye infection. We ask that you also heal her sinuses which were affected by that infection. Touch her with your healing hand, Lord Jesus. We pray for her employment, that you give her favor and open doors for her. She desires to work full time, and we ask again for favor with her management. We also pray for her unspoken request concerning her brother. Move mightily on his behalf, and may whatever road he's on find him running to you.

And now as we seek to worship you through song and through your Word, meet with us here. Open our eyes Lord, and reveal a little more of Jesus to us today.

And it's in the name of Jesus we pray.

Amen.


Remain standing, and click-touch the pulpit or follow the overheads as we worship God with song.

SING A NEW SONG

Sing unto the Lord a new song
Sing unto the Lord all the earth
Sing unto the Lord a new song
Sing unto the Lord all the earth

For God is great, and greatly to be praised
God is great, and greatly to be praised!


BLESS THE LORD

Bless the Lord, O my soul
And all that is within me
     bless his holy name

God is so good
God is so good
God is so good
     He's so good to me

He saved my soul
He saved my soul
He saved my soul
     He's so good to me

He is coming soon
He is coming soon
He is coming soon
     Bless his holy name


OUR GOD REIGNS

How lovely on the mountains
     are the feet of him
Who brings good news
     good news
Proclaiming peace
     announcing news of happiness
Our God reigns, our God reigns

Our God Reigns, our God reigns
Our God Reigns, our God reigns


Lord, we bless your holy name! You indeed have done great things, and you are great and greatly to be praised!

Speak to us by your Spirit and your Word, and help us to keep our minds upon you, and to make this time of feasting at your table a time of love and a time of worship.

We ask these things in the name that is above every other name, the name at which every knee will bow and which every tongue will confess is Lord, the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen.


You may be seated.


Today's message is titled "Sharing the Greatness of God." I think that so many times we aren't conscious of how awesome God is, how majestic, how powerful, how full of mercy, forgiveness, and grace, and how abounding with love and redemption he is.

It's so easy to slip into an apathetic state, not really excited about anything, and this affects our interactions with others.

The Psalmist wrote, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!" Sometimes we need to do the same. We need to remind ourselves of God's goodness, of his majesty, of his everlasting love, of his mercies which are new every morning.

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves where we once were, lost and dying in our sins, and we need to remind ourselves how Jesus found us, opened his arms to us even while we were in the depths of sin against him, and how he completely washed all our sins away, made us a brand new creation, and set us free!

I'd like to read a few passages from the Psalms, and let's use these Scriptures to stir up our souls to magnify and glorify Jehovah God whom we worship and serve, and who is our reason for living.


Psalm 3

3 But You, O LORD, are a shield for me,
         My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
4 I cried to the LORD with my voice,
         And He heard me from His holy hill.

Psalm 18

31 For who is God, except the LORD?
         And who is a rock, except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength,
         And makes my way perfect.


Psalm 21

13 Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength!
         We will sing and praise Your power.


Psalm 24

1 The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness,
         The world and those who dwell therein.
 2 For He has founded it upon the seas,
         And established it upon the waters.
        
 3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
         Or who may stand in His holy place?


Psalm 27

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation;
         Whom shall I fear?
         The LORD is the strength of my life;
         Of whom shall I be afraid?


Psalm 29

3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
         The God of glory thunders;
         The LORD is over many waters.
4 The voice of the LORD is powerful;
         The voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
        
5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars,
         Yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes them also skip like a calf,
         Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire.
        
8 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
         The LORD shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth,
         And strips the forests bare;
         And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”
        
10 The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood,
         And the LORD sits as King forever.
11 The LORD will give strength to His people;
         The LORD will bless His people with peace.


Psalm 31

19 Oh, how great is Your goodness,
         Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
         Which You have prepared for those who trust in You
20 You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence

Psalm 68

32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;
         Oh, sing praises to the Lord
33 To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old!
         Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.

Psalm 77

16 The waters saw You, O God;
         The waters saw You, they were afraid;
         The depths also trembled.
17 The clouds poured out water;
         The skies sent out a sound;
         Your arrows also flashed about.
18 The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind;
         The lightnings lit up the world;
         The earth trembled and shook.

 1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
         For His mercy endures forever.
 2 Oh, give thanks to the God of gods!
         For His mercy endures forever.
 3 Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!
         For His mercy endures forever:
        
 4 To Him who alone does great wonders,
         For His mercy endures forever;
 5 To Him who by wisdom made the heavens,
         For His mercy endures forever;
 6 To Him who laid out the earth above the waters,
         For His mercy endures forever;
 7 To Him who made great lights,
         For His mercy endures forever—
 8 The sun to rule by day,
         For His mercy endures forever;
 9 The moon and stars to rule by night,
         For His mercy endures forever.
        
 10 To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn,
         For His mercy endures forever;
 11 And brought out Israel from among them,
         For His mercy endures forever;
 12 With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm,
         For His mercy endures forever;
 13 To Him who divided the Red Sea in two,
         For His mercy endures forever;
 14 And made Israel pass through the midst of it,
         For His mercy endures forever;
 15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,
         For His mercy endures forever;
 16 To Him who led His people through the wilderness,
         For His mercy endures forever;
 17 To Him who struck down great kings,
         For His mercy endures forever;
 18 And slew famous kings,
         For His mercy endures forever—
 21 And gave their land as a heritage,
         For His mercy endures forever;
 22 A heritage to Israel His servant,
         For His mercy endures forever.
        
 23 Who remembered us in our lowly state,
         For His mercy endures forever;
 24 And rescued us from our enemies,
         For His mercy endures forever;
 25 Who gives food to all flesh,
         For His mercy endures forever.
        
 26 Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven!
         For His mercy endures forever.

Psalm 46

 10 Be still, and know that I am God;
         I will be exalted among the nations,
         I will be exalted in the earth!
        
 11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
         The God of Jacob is our refuge.

This same God, the one who created the heavens and the earth, the one who has shown himself the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the one who has delivered nations, who has healed the sick, freed the captives, and raised the dead back to life, this God clothed himself in flesh and lived and walked among us.

And before returning to the Father, he said this to us in Matthew 28:18-20, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

When we really get a hold of how awesome God is, we're not going to be able to keep it in. We will tell someone.

When we really grab hold of how good God really is, how much sin he has forgiven us, how many times he has rescued us from destruction, we won't be able to keep it silent any longer. We will proclaim it everywhere we go.

When we really get deep down the truth that some day very soon, Jesus Christ is going to split the very skies in two, rolling them back like a scroll, removing the dividing line between heaven and earth; some day very soon he will come as the great judge of the living and the dead; some day very soon, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, we won't be able to stay still, but we will get up and go tell someone that he's coming soon, and they'd better get ready.

And when we get even a glimpse of the heart of God, when we feel even a single beat of his heart, when we feel just a tremmor of his deepest desires, his sorrows, his longing for those who are lost and on their way to an eternity in torment away from him, and when we realize that those people who are his heart's cry could be only a single breath away from eternity, we will forget about our hang-ups, what gifts we do and don't have, and about what others will think about us, and we'll shout it from the roof tops!


If you passionately pursue after God, he will pour his Spirit out upon you, and you will never be the same.

God's not calling us to a new thing, a new move of evangelism; his call today was made over two thousand years ago. "Go into all the world, and proclaim my Good News to everyone!"

And it's so simple. In the words of Romans chapter ten and verse nine, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved."

Can you tell someone what God has done for you? Just think about the goodness of God, think about where he's brought you from, think about the countless sins he's completely wiped away with his own blood, think about where you would be today if it weren't for Jesus; meditate upon this, really grab hold of it, stir up your soul in thanksgiving and worship because of this, and then tell everyone you meet the great and awesome things the Lord has done for you.

And can you tell them, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved?"

"Lord Jesus!" See, we just need to confess him as Lord. "MY Lord Jesus, forgive me for my sins!" He has promised to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. "Come into my heart, and make me a brand new creation!" He said if we open the door he will come in to us, and that in him we are a new creation. "Fill me with your Holy Spirit. I want to have a daily personal relationship with you."

We try to complicate Salvation, but it's really that simple. God isn't looking for us to complete a magic ritual, but to come to him as a child, seeking for him to do what we cannot do, cleanse us from sin and make us holy in the eyes of our perfect and holy God.


It all begins with our own hearts. If we're living in complaining, doubt, fear, worry, lust, envy, strife, and apathy, we're not going to be effective witnesses, and we probably won't be witnesses at all.

But if we begin each day seeking God, reading his Word and falling on our faces in prayer seeking for his Spirit to fill us to overflowing, seeking for his strength for this day, and then praising and worshiping him for the awesome God he is and what he has done in our lives and in the world around us and for what he is going to do, then our light will begin to shine, and we will find ourselves opening our mouths and declaring the greatness, beauty, forgiveness, and love of God.


The ministry team can come to the front now, as we continue in this atmosphere of worship.

You know, this world and its cares can seem so big. They can fill our eyes until that's all we see. But if we could just get a glimpse in the spirit realm right now and see the angels surrounding us, and see the glory of the Lord as it fills the atmosphere around us, our perspective would drastically change.

Lord God, show us your glory! Manifest yourself to us now! We are nothing without you, and we can do nothing apart from your Spirit. Breath upon us now, Holy Spirit! Breath upon every single one under the sound of my voice, or reading these words later.

If you haven't begun a personal relationship with Jesus by surrendering to him as your Lord and agreeing to walk with him, his Spirit is here right now drawing you to open up your heart, and to open up your mouth and say, "In to my heart, in to my heart, come into my heart, Lord Jesus! Come in today, come in to stay, come into my heart, Lord Jesus!"

Just open up your mouth right now and cry out to him! He is yearning to wrap you in his arms and take your heavy burden off your shoulders. He is longing to heal your broken heart, your bruised emotions, and give you the oil of joy for your spirit of heaviness.

He wants to take away that heavy burden of guilt and replace it with peace so deep that you won't even be able to put it into words. And he is waiting to fill that emptiness deep inside of you with his glory, so that instead of having nothing to give, you will overflow with abundant life.

If that's you, get out of your seat and come to the front right now. Cry out to Jesus, and he will answer you. Reach out to Jesus, and he will pull you out of the mirey clay. And you will never be the same again.


If you already have a relationship with Jesus, but you have let your fire dim, you have not kept yourself stirred up inside, you have let the goodness of God, his heart-wrenching desire for the lost, and the closeness of the grave and his return slip to the background, then come find a place at this alter and ask him to bring you to the place of humility and seeking where you will find him, where you will mount up with wings as eagles.


And if you want to dedicate yourself to seeking that place in God where his perfect love casts out your fears and your apathy, and you are overflowing with his Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ so that you take this Gospel to all those around you, come to this altar now.


God is preparing us for what he wants to do through us. And we thank you Lord, and praise you, that you have chosen us, not the great and the mighty, but mere flesh, to be the vessels through which your glory and power can flow.

Take us deeper into your presence, and sanctify us wholely for you.

In a few minutes we'll meet next door for fellowship, and you're all invited, so make your way over there when you're ready. But please don't rush out of the presence of the Lord. I believe he still has a lot of work he wants to do here today. Press into the presence of the Lord.

Come.