Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Why Worship is a Choice! - Psalm 9

Psalm 9

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
    I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.

Despite being challenged by his enemies, David gives praise to God and trusts in him to judge those who do him evil.  He knows that it is God who judges and ultimately those who do evil will be banished to hell.  But as he awaits God's certain deliverance and judgment, David worships God willingly.  

We see four characteristics in David's worship:

1. He gives thanks to God sincerely with all that he is.  
2. He recalls the great deeds God has done and will proclaim them to all people.
3. He rejoices and finds gladness in God, not in circumstances or his own trials.
4. He praises God for His name, the name above all names.  

So what can we learn from David today?  Though he faced many troubles, like we do today, he is still an ardent worshipper.  In his worship, he expresses his love to God, and is confident that God will triumph over his enemies and judge them justly.  

Sometimes I think we get worship turned around. I hear some people say, "I didn't get anything out of worship today!"  Really!  Worship is a choice. A choice to give thanks and praise God for all He has done and will do. We do it willingly, joyfully and with all of our hearts. Worship is giving all of who we are, to all that God is. 

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