We Come to Worship

Ps 95:1-7

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!

Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;

Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

3 For the LORD is the great God,

And the great King above all gods.

4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth;

The heights of the hills are His also.

5 The sea is His, for He made it;

And His hands formed the dry land.

6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.

7 For He is our God,

And we are the people of His pasture,

And the sheep of His hand. NKJV

Worship, people do it so differently. Some are quiet and others make a lot of noise. Some worship sitting, while others standing or kneeling. Others prostrate themselves on their faces, which would be pretty hard for us to do here between the pews. Some worship with quiet calm singing while others almost dance while they joyfully sing praises to God.

Who is right? Is there a certain way we are to worship God? I think it would be wrong to take one passage from the Bible and forget all the others that have to do with worship. But we do need to consider any passage that deals with worship as a valid way to worship. Let us consider this passage today.

  1. Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!
    1. Here is a call to worship
      1. The processional has now reached the temple gates. The joyful singing gives way to the more solemn acts of worship, such as bowing down and kneeling before God. The emphasis upon God's sovereignty over his cosmic creation gives way to a reminder to the worshipers of his special relation to Israel. (from Wycliffe Commentary)
    2. Singing is a major part.
    3. But many say they cannot sing, well look at the next line
  2. Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
    1. The King James translated this "make a joyful noise"
      1. That is kind of an interpretive translation
      2. ruwa` (roo-ah'); a primitive root; to mar (especially by breaking); figuratively, to split the ears (with sound), i.e. shout (for alarm or joy): (Strong's)
      3. [Let us make a joyful noise] The word used here means commonly to make a loud noise, to shout, <Job 30:5>. It is especially used (a) of warlike shouts, <Josh. 6:16; 1 Sam. 17:20>; (b) of the shout of triumph, <Judg. 15:14>; (c) of the sound or clangor of a trumpet, <Num. 10:9; Joel 2:1>. (from Barnes' Notes)
    2. The word literally means to shout, but you can't do that in church, can you?
    3. Now that depends on just how excited you are and we usually just don't get that excited.
    4. Do you ever wonder if that might be the reason people stay away from church by droves is that if we are not excited about being here why should they.
  3. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
    1. I remember when I was at the church when I was going to seminary a man who could not carry a tune in a ten gallon basket but could he sing.
    2. He could make a joyful noise and he did.
    3. The fact that he was never on key didn't bother him for he was singing to the Lord and not to us.
    4. He even sang in the choir, that is any choir director's nightmare, but he was so genuine, no one could tell him not to sing.
  4. Notice the reasons why we worship by virtue of creation
    1. Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker v-6
      1. he is our Creator, and the author of our being; we must kneel before the Lord our Maker, v. 6. Idolaters kneel before gods which they themselves made; we kneel before a God who made us and all the world and who is therefore our rightful proprietor; for his we are, and not our own. Henry
    2. For the LORD is the great God
      1. Because he is a great God, and sovereign Lord of all, v. 3. He is great, and therefore greatly to be praised. He is infinite and immense, and has all perfection in himself. Henry
    3. And the great King above all gods.
    4. In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
    5. The heights of the hills are His also.
    6. The sea is His, for He made it;
    7. And His hands formed the dry land.
  5. We worship Him for what He has done for us.
    1. He is "the Rock of our salvation"
    2. For He is our God
      1. Because he is our God, not only has a dominion over us, as he has over all the creatures, but stands in special relation to us (v. 7): He is our God, and therefore it is expected we should praise him; who will, if we do not? What else did he make us for but that we should be to him for a name and a praise? Henry
    3. And we are the people of His pasture,
    4. And the sheep of His hand.
  6. Notice how we are to worship
    1. Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
      1. Let us worship, (heb 7812), let us prostrate ourselves; the highest act of adoration by which the supremacy of God is acknowledged. Clarke
      2. Let us bow down, (heb 3766), let us crouch or cower down, bending the legs under, as a dog in the presence of his master, which solicitously waits to receive his commands. Clarke
      3. With humble reverence, and a holy awe of him (v. 6): "Let us worship, and bow down, and kneel before him, as becomes those who know what an infinite distance there is between us and God, how much we are in danger of his wrath and in need of his mercy." Though bodily exercise, alone, profits little, yet certainly it is our duty to glorify God with our bodies by the outward expressions of reverence, seriousness, and humility, in the duties of religious worship. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary)
    2. Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
      1. Let us kneel, (heb 1288), let us put our knees to the ground, and thus put ourselves in the posture of those who supplicate. And let us consider that all this should be done in the presence of HIM who is Yahweh our Creator. (from Adam Clarke Commentary)

We call this service the worship service. Not because it is for us but because it is for God. We do not come here primarily to feel better about ourselves we come to tell God just how great we think He is. When we worship Him and have God in the proper place in our lives then everything else will work out. Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness then all the other things you desire will be given to you. Jesus

[O come, let us worship and bow down] Let us worship him by bowing down; by prostrating ourselves before him. The word here rendered "come" is not the same which is used in <Ps. 95:1>. Its literal meaning is "come," and it is an earnest exhortation to come and worship. It is not a particle merely calling attention to a subject, but it is an exhortation to approach-- to enter-- to engage in a thing. The word rendered "worship," means properly to bow down; to incline oneself; and then, to bow or prostrate oneself before anyone in order to do him homage, or reverence. Then it means to bow down before God in the attitude of worship. It would most naturally refer to an entire "prostration" on the ground, which was a common mode of worship; but it would also express adoration in any form. The word rendered "bow down," means properly to bend, to bow, spoken usually of the knees. <Isa. 45:23>: "every knee shall bow." Compare <Judg. 7:5-6; 1 Kings 8:54; 2 Kings 1:13>. The word might be applied, like the former word, to those who bow down with the whole person, or prostrate themselves on the ground. <2 Chr. 7:3>. (from Barnes' Notes)

 This message was preached at FBC Toulon,

by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com