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The Whats and the Why of Worship

Introduction

What does God want? What would please him? Did you ever ask those questions about worship? If I only knew, I would do it. If I only knew what he wanted, I would give it.

Psalm 100 answers the question "What?" It tells what God is looking for. It answers the question "What's the big deal about worship?" It raises the question "What more can we do about worshiping the Eternal?" This psalm has your name on it. It's addressed to all the earth. That would be you. This is not a psalm to which only conservative evangelicals are to give attention. This is not a psalm just for the high church. This is not a psalm just for Pentecostals. This is not a psalm just for the Midwesterners. This is not a psalm just for college students. This is a psalm for all the earth. Who is to shout joyfully to the Lord? The people of God.

It's a psalm at the closing of a group of enthronement psalms. Beginning with Psalm 93 right up to Psalm 100 are wonderful psalms that talk about the Lord's reigning and being king over all the earth. Let me give a few suggestions regarding worship from this psalm. I want to anchor myself to Psalm 100.

Find a place for gladness

First, we find a place for gladness in worship. It is to be a significant part of how we worship. "Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth." That's everybody. "And worship the Lord," says verse 2. How? "With gladness."

Let me tell you what this means in Hebrew: it means "Worship the Lord with gladness." Let me tell you what it means in some of the other ancient languages: it means "Worship the Lord with gladness." Let me tell you what it means in some of the other versions: "Worship the Lord with gladness." It doesn't take any real skill to figure out what this verse means. This verse ...

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. Find a place for gladness

II. Find a place for joyful songs

III. Find a place for truth

IV. Find a place for thanksgiving

V. Worship God for who he is

Conclusion