A Lifestyle of Worship

Posted on 08/22/2010 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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Public Prayer Requests:


Will you pray I am in the will of God.
   -jr

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Please turn around and click one of the offering plates by the doors, and give as the Lord leads.

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HOLY IS THE LORD

We stand and lift up our hands
For the joy of the Lord is our strength
We bow down and worship Him now
How great, how awesome is He

And together we sing

(Chorus)
Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
The earth is filled with His glory

It's rising up all around
It's the anthem of the Lord's renown
Repeat

And together we sing,
Everyone sing

Holy, Holy, is the Lord Almighty
Holy, Holy

BETTER IS ONE DAY

How lovely is
Your dwelling place
Oh Lord Almighty,
For my soul longs
And even faints
For You
Oh, here my heart
Is satisfied
Within Your presence
I sing beneath
The shadow of
Your wings

Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere

One thing I ask,
And I would seek,
To see Your beauty
To find You in
The place Your glory dwells

Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere

My heart and flesh cry out
To You, the Living God
Your Spirit's water to my soul
I've tasted, and I've seen
Come once again to me
I will draw near to You
I will draw near to You
To You

Better is one day
Better is one day
Better is one day
Than thousands elsewhere

YOU ARE HOLY

I saw the Lord
    seated on the throne
And He was clothed in glory
    and exalted high
And the train of His robe
    fills the temple
And angels gather round Him
    and cry

You are holy
    oh so holy
You are holy
    Lord of all

And woe is me
    for I am unclean
For my eyes have seen
    the Holy King
And He cleansed my lips
    right before my eyes
And the pillars shook
    as the angels cried


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When Ben mentioned not being able be here today and asked if I had anything to share, I didn't, but that was before I went my Christian Writer's meeting that occurs once a month. I'm not totally sure what brought the topic up, but I started to talk about how we as writer's needed to see what we do as an act of worship to God and for God. Then, on Friday, I told Ben that I was going to do the sermon on a lifestyle of worship. Ben told me that that same topic had come to him while taking a shower so I knew that I had my confirmation. Also, on Friday, I cleaned our bathrooms. Now, I'm not one to clean with a happy heart. I dislike cleaning and our house shows it, too. Insert red face here. As I was scrubbing out one of the tubs (there are two), I said this to God "You know I don't like cleaning, but I'm going to do this as an act of worship to You."

And so, here I am to tell you that I am still working on this topic. That I know God has something for me to say about this to you and I hope you all stay as long as you can and listen. If God talked to both me and Ben, this MUST be important to Him.

Before we continue, I would like to pray. Father, I ask that any and all words that come out of my mouth would be what You want me to say. If anything happens to leave my mouth that isn't what you want me to say, I ask that people would not hear it. If I say anything in error, I ask that you would show me and that you would have someone come and speak to me privately about it. I ask all these things, Lord, in your precious name Jesus, Amen.

Now, I am sure most of you have heard the verse from 1 Corinthians 10:31, which says (and this is from the NKJV) "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." Now, what I want to do with this verse, is take it a step farther. I want to take it to where what we do, everything we do, is an act of worship to God.

First off, let's see what worship means. I went to www.dictionary.com and this is what it said the definition of worship is.

The noun worship means:
reverent honor and homage paid to god or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage:They attended worship this morning.
adoring reverence or regard: excessive worship of business success.
the object of adoring reverence or regard.
( initial capital letter ) British . a title of honor used in addressing or mentioning certain magistrates and others of high rank or station (usually preceded by Your, His,  or Her ).

The verb form with an object means:
to render religious reverence and homage to.
to feel an adoring reverence or regard for (any person or thing).
The verb form without an object means:
to render religious reverence and homage, as to a deity.
to attend services of divine worship.
to feel an adoring reverence or regard.

For me, when I come into the presence of God in a worshipful mood, I am giving adoration to Him, reverence to Him, and homage to Him. God has done so much for us it is one of the things we can do for He deserves it.

You might be asking me, Mari, what are you getting at? Good question. I'll answer it soon.

You see when I look back in the Bible to the stories of those who are shared and how God used them, I see a pattern in a way. I see some of the people in the Bible who have taken their faith seriously and who have lived so that everything they did, and I mean everything, was an act of worship to God.

When Moses was bringing the people of God out of Egypt, he said to Pharaoh that God's people needed to worship Him. Once they got across the Red Sea, what happened? The people told Moses to go up onto the Mountain alone. Were they scared? Did they not want to go near God because they didn't know what He might do? I'm sure that was part of it. What did they do instead? They made an idol! Moses was on the mountain top praying and worshiping the God who saved them all and they were at the bottom of the mountain worshiping an idol, a golden calf! And they wondered why God let them wander in the wilderness.

Or how about the stories of King David, Daniel, the three Hebrews who were thrown into the furnace: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and the list goes on. People who I believe figured out what it means to do all things as an act of worship to God.

Let's go back to what I said before. I dislike cleaning, it is almost a hate really. But, I got to thinking, what if everything that I did I did for God no matter how much I disliked or hated it.

What if we all did that? What if you and I took our relationships with people: with our husbands and wives, our children, our boss at work, our family, our friends, our pastors, our church family, etc. and we talked and did things together as an act of worship to God? Even those things we don't like and with people we don't always get along with.

I mean, I have a hard time getting along with my brother, but what if I saw it as an act of worship to God? And I said to God "I'm going to do with for you, Lord, as an act of worship because you want me to have a good relationship with my brother. I'm doing this for you!"

How about the things we do every day? Brush our teeth, take a shower, eat, go to work, etc. What if we did those things as an act of worship to God? The every day mundane things...He wants us to do that, too, I think.

Sometimes we think it is the big things that we need to work on, but even the small things are  just as important. I mean we can do things like taking food to a needy family, helping an elderly neighbor, doing things we know we should and those can be acts of worship.

See, this topic "A Lifestyle of Worship" means to me that we live our lives like we are worshiping God every day all day with what we say and do. In the Bible, it talks about those religious leaders who wanted people to do as they say, not as they do. But we aren't to live like that.

I believe Jesus calls us to be more than we have been until now. He wants us to do all things for God's glory and as an act of worship. Do you understand what I am saying to you? Do you truly?

I want you all to get what I am saying. I want us all to understand what is being said.

I believe that worship isn't just the singing of songs, raising of hands, or speaking praises to God. I believe it is also whatever we do. Are you doing and saying things that aren't worship to God? If so, I believe that God wants you to know that you can change right now. You can change what you are doing and saying and start doing and saying what He wants you to say and do.

I can't make you do anything, but I can urge you to read your Bible, pray, do acts of worship of God and to God. I can tell you that you won't regret it. I know I'm not. It's a way for me to draw closer to God. It's a way for me to see that all that I do is for Him and Him alone. It's great to know that as I do acts of worship for God, He in turn says "That's my baby girl."

And back to the question, where am I go with all of this? I want all of us to do all for God's glory and as acts of worship to Him. So, right now, everyone stand up. I'm going to ask you all some things and please don't answer out loud in chat. Just think about them.

Here goes. Do you do all things for God's glory? Do you take glory away from God? Do you do all things as an act of worship to God? Do you worship God only in a church building? Do you take worship away from God and either take it yourself or put it on something else? Do you need to ask God for forgiveness from taking the glory and worship that was and is His alone? Do you need to spend some time with God right now?

If you answered yes to any of these or know you should have, come to the front. The altar is open for ministry and quiet time with God. If you need special prayers or counsel, please IM me or anyone on the staff. God wants you to know that you are loved by Him. God wants you to know that even though you have sinned, He still loves you. In the Bible, it says while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. So, come. Come and talk to Him. He's waiting at the table with an empty chair for you. Take some time and talk with Him. He isn't an ugly ogre ready to crush you, but He is ready and waiting for you. You are after all His baby boy or baby girl.

If you haven't received the free gift of salvation and would like to talk about that, please IM me or someone on the staff. We are happy to talk with you. Just know that we don't understand everything and that no one truly does. God is so big and vast. That's why when we get to Heaven will see through new eyes all that there is, and was, and has come.

As you leave, please keep in mind those still at the altar. We will have a time of fellowship to the room to your left so feel free to meet us there. You are free to leave whenever you need to go. May God bless you with a knowledge of how to do all things for God's glory and as acts of worship. Go with His peace and love.