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August 15, 2013

4 ways we can worship the Lord when sharing God’s Word with others

by Dave Malnes

When we worship God we are proclaiming the to Him that “You are Worthy!” of our adoration and praise.

Through worshipping God we redirect our focus away from our self and place it squarely on God. We acknowledge that it’s not about our sacrifice of praise, nor our offerings of good works to show our gratitude, but it’s all about God and what He has already done for us in Christ. What helps in growing and maturing in the faith is first recognizing that its far less about us, but far more about Christ in us.

When taking advantage of opportunities to share the message of reconciliation in God’s Word with others, we can take the same attitude of when we worship. Our focus is on God and giving him thanks for who He is and what He has done, not on ourselves.

King David has this down when he wrote his psalms.

When King David decided to transport the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem, he wrote a hymn of thanksgiving. He reflect on God’s promises and how He always provides for his chosen people. Furthermore, he acknowledges the need to share these promises to the whole world. It’s not just an important truth, but an everlasting since it centered around God’s reconciliation with sinful mankind.

In that glorious worship service, David was inspired to write the following words found in 1 Chronicles 16:

“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” (v. 8)

“Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.” (v. 9)

“Glory in his holy name: let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.” (v. 10)

“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.”  (v. 11)

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An ongoing worship of thanksgiving and praise is fueled by remembering God’s promises prompted by grace, mercy and love. The wonderful aspect of worship is that it can be applied to the opportunities we have of sharing God’s messages of reconciliation with others. Note the following:

1. In David’s hymn we are compelled to make known to all nations what He has done for us already in Christ Jesus. By faith alone, we receive the full benefits of Christ’s completed work on the cross. This is His message that can not only be found in His name, the promised Messiah, but also out of a heart of thanksgiving when we proclaim this wonderful news. (v.8)

2. When presented with unique opportunities to share His Word and tell of Christ’s wonderful acts, we can sing to the Lord our song of faith. Singing praise can redirect our focus away from our self and place it instead on the author and the receiver of our song. When confronted with opportunity, we don’t focus on our self that causes our knees to buckle and tongues to fall mute, but focus on God and let our mouth sing His glory, honor, and praise. (v. 9)

3. We rejoice at any and every opportunity to glory his name by sharing his name with others.  (v. 10)

4.  When confronted with fear and trembling at our weakness to share God’s Word, we are reminded that only in the Lord we find strength. In our weakness, we seek God’s face and He provides.

By worshiping God in sharing God’s Word, we take the focus away from ourselves. There, we find His strength. By the power of the Holy Spirit, his strength becomes our strength.

In sharing God’s Word with others it certainly can become a time of worship as we not only proclaim all that He has already done for us, but marvel at what He can do through us.

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