Psalms 22:3 in my troubles, I still see you God as enthroned on the praises of your people,
“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? You seem far from saving me, far away from my groans. My God, I call to you during the day, but you do not answer. I call at night; I am not silent. You sit as the Holy One. The praises of Israel are your throne.” – Psalms 22:1-3
A place of worship, a place of God’s presence.
A time and place of seeming contradiction as a place of worship.
We worship the God who brings us near.
In Hebrews 2:10-13 we see Jesus participating in our worship of Father God, call us his own family, and quoting Psalms 22:22 and Isaiah 8:17-18
“”God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation. Jesus, who makes people holy, and all those who are made holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus isn’t ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says, ‘I will tell my people about your name. I will praise you within the congregation.’ In addition, Jesus says, ‘I will trust him.’ And Jesus says, ‘I am here with the sons and daughters God has given me.’” – Hebrews 2:11-13
“I will tell my people about your name. I will praise you within the congregation.” – Psalms 22:22
The New Testament church learned from David. In Acts 15:12-18 the apostles point to Amos 9 prophecy, regarding future Gentile inclusion and a place of worship.
“After they finished speaking, James responded, ‘Brothers, listen to me. Simon has explained how God first showed his concern by taking from non-Jewish people those who would honor his name. This agrees with what the prophets said. Scripture says, ‘Afterwards, I will return. I will set up David’s fallen tent again. I will restore its ruined places again. I will set it up again so that the survivors and all the people who aren’t Jewish over whom my name is spoken, may search for the Lord, declares the Lord. He is the one who will do these things that have always been known!’” – Acts 15:12-18
“They brought the Ark of God and put it inside the tent that David had set up for it. Then they offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to God. 2 When David had finished giving the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord. 3 He gave a loaf of bread, some dates, and raisins to every Israelite man and woman.
4 Then David appointed some of the Levites to serve before the Ark of the Lord. They had the job of leading the worship and giving thanks and praising the Lord, the God of Israel.” – 1 Chronicles 16:1-4
3 Characteristics of the Tabernacle of David 1 Chronicles 16:1-4
3 Characteristics of new sound, under David
1. Joy and Rejoicing 2 Samuel 6:12 Psalms 27:6, 89:15-16
2. Dancing with might 2 Samuel 6:14 Psalms 149:3
3. Shouts of victory in unison with the instruments 2 Samuel 6:15 Psalms 150:3-5
9 Ways to Worship from Psalms
A. Worship God with our Posture
1. By Standing Psalms 135:2, 134:1
2. By Dancing Psalms 30:11, 149:3, 150:4
3. By Bowing or Kneeling Psalms 95:6
B. Worship God with our Hands
4. By Lifting Hands Psalms 63:4, 119:48, 134:2, 141:2
5. By Clapping Hands Psalms 47:1, 98:8
6. By Playing Musical Instruments Psalms 33:2-3, 57:8, 150:3-6
C. Worship God with our Voice
7. With Audible Praise Psalms 34:1, 40:16, 42:4, 66:8
8. With Singing Psalms 47:6, 61:8, 68:4, 104:33
9. With Shouting Psalms 5:11, 32:11, 35:27
We are not saying:
• Happy is the only way to worship.
• Loud is more spiritual.
• Expressive worship earns favor with God.
We are saying:
• It is our heartfelt choice to thank and praise God through voices and raised hands and more.
Worried about hypocrisy? Pray in service, interact with God honestly, repent and receive forgiveness from anything that’s in the way, love God with all your heart.
(Life Group focus 1 Chronicles 16:1-4 Psalms 34:1-3, 104:33)
Today’s notes primarily from the Mannahouse message series: People of Presence