September 3, 2017: Psalm 96 (Doyle Burnside)

Transcript from Sermon

00:00          Good morning you heard my name is Doyle Burnside and I'm a youth ministry and worship coordinator here. And so I'm filling in for Rich and I'm excited this morning to be able to talk with you about a word called worship. And so I'm excited for this morning, and I'm excited to be here, and I'm excited that you're here with us.

00:17           Getting prepared over the last few weeks for this has been up and down for me. However, I've come in with a new awe of God this morning and how grand and how vast and how good and how big God is. So this morning that's my hope that I can relay that the grandness of God to you this morning through Psalm 96, but before we go there let's start in prayer. 

00:44          So would you pray with me. Oh, heavenly father, I'm in awe of you. I'm in awe of what you've done through Jesus Christ upon the cross and resurrection. We can have new hope and life in you. I thank you for your love and in the mercies that you've shown us, Lord. 

01:03          As we gather now, I pray that your spirit will be present Lord that you would allow me to speak boldly, your truths from Scripture and that your Spirit would be moving and working in our life as we dive into your word Lord and so would you be present with us this morning. In your name, we pray. Amen. 

01:20          Well when I first think of worship the first thing that comes to mind is music. I think for me it's a natural response so when Rich first said you're going to give a message on worship, I was like, "How about we just sing a couple extra songs and call it good." That would have been much easier, much quicker than less painful for everybody. But but I'm excited in that it is a part of worship, but not all of worship and so we're going to go to Psalm 96 and see what Psalm E6 has to tell us about worship this morning. So 

01:52          if you have your Bibles you can open up Psalm 96. "oh sing to the Lord a new song. Sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing to the Lord. Bless his name. Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples. For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. He is to be feared above all gods for all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols. But the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty or before him. Strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the Lord o families of the peoples. Ascribe to the Lord Glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name bring an offering and come into his courts. Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. Tremble before him all the earth. 

02:42          Say among the nations the lord of. Yes, the world is established that shall never be moved. You will judge the peoples with equity on the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice. Let the sea roar, and all that fills it but the field exalts with everything in it then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord for he comes. For he comes to judge the earth. You will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples and his faithfulness." God's word. 

03:14          So this morning we're going to be talking again about worship, and I love this way again the psalm starts with singing or sing a new song. You people sing of his salvation. An amazing thing as we sing the power of worship and something that we just got to finish doing. As a congregation here I'm an amazing thing that we can proclaim God's truth through song together as we gather for worship. And as the Psalmist is writing, he's singing. He's saying sing a new song and that doesn't mean that we need to come every week and have new lyrics and have a fancy new riff on the keyboard or guitar or whatever, but rather a new song this new hole that can be found in Jesus Christ as he says in chapter or verse to tell of his salvation. And to people during this time would have would have been thinking of the promise of salvation that God had given that there would be a savior to come and they would see the continued salvation from their enemies throughout the time as they've gathered, but here and now we get something even better, we know who the Savior is. 

04:12          We know of Jesus Christ, and so we get to sing of his salvation in the knowledge that Jesus Christ has died on the cross for our sins. That while we were sinners, He died for us and showed us that love. We get to sing of this great work of Jesus and in awe of what Jesus has done. And so what do you worship through song. And as we sing, would we sing this new song and this new hope that is found in Christ? Would we sing of the salvation from day to day in our life? Would we worship God through song and as we sing of this salvation is good news that is given to us from God. 

04:47          And so singing, worship, that's my area. But it goes on. 

04:52          And the second thing in verse 3 is to declare. Declare or give a sermon. "Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among the peoples. For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. He is to be feared above all gods."

05:06          Part 2 of worship is to declare. Have sermons. Give testament. Speak of his truth to the people in our life to the nations as we gather here. As we go out, would we declare the mercies? Would we declare the works of God in our life? Declare the works of God amongst us? Would we speak boldly the work of God in our life, not just through song but through declaring through speaking through our testimony and our witness of our life. So would we sing would we declare? 

05:38          And finally, would we have these religious activities? Or as the psalm says, ascribe. Would we do these things in verse 8? "Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name and bring an offering and come into his courts. Would we sing? Would we declare? And would we ascribe or would we give an offering and gather together in the courts as a congregation? An amazing thing that we can do is give an offering. 

06:07          Why? Why do we gather? Why do we call this a worship service? Because we're here in all three of these marks. We've sung. Now you're hearing me say some words from Scripture and we've just given an offering. But why do we do that? Why do we give an offering to worship? Or as verse 4 says here, "For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised." So why do we give an offering or why do we sing songs? Not so that we can find some sort of favor with God, not so that we can give a gift to God that he would have to repay us, but rather for the Lord is great and greatly to be praised. Because of worship. Because God deserves our worship not because he needs money not because he needs time not because he needs us to gather and sing but rather because great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. He deserves our glory he is worthy of our worship. 

06:56          And so we give, and we sing, and we declare because great as the Lord. You will hear me say a verse a lot today because I love it and I think it's so important. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. That's why we worship. That's why we gather. Because great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. 

07:25           Paul's writings the Romans and he writes, "Who can know the mind of the Lord or who can be the Lord's counselor, or give counsel to the Lord, or who can give an offering that would desire to be repaid or get an offering that must be repaid?" 

07:40          It's rhetorical. The answer is no one. 

07:41          Scripture says that the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom. So God doesn't need our counsel because even in his foolish moment he is still wiser than any of us could ever be. God can't have a gift that's offered because everything we have as romance continues for through God for from God and to God are all things he already has it all. He's 

08:02          created all he's the creator. He doesn't need our offering, but we offer why because great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. And I love as Romans continues in chapter 12 it says your life or present your life or your body as a living sacrifice, pleasing and acceptable. This is our spiritual worship. Again not that we would give to find favor, but rather live in sacrifice. Why? Because everything is owed to God because God is great and greatly to be praised. So this morning we worship this morning we sing this morning we declare this morning we bring an offering not to be repaid not to find favor but because great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. 

08:48          And then I love how the Psalmist continues, and he gives us this vast or this grand picture of who God is, why God is great and of what brings about that worship of him. 

09:00          For God is great and greatly to be praised. He is to be feared above all gods, for all the gods and the people are worthless idols. With the Lord who made the heavens splendor and majesty are before him. 

09:12          Strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. This beautiful and grand view of who God is. He's so big. He's so great. He's so majestic. Beauty and splendor are his. 

09:28          He's above all gods, he says all the other gods of this world are the people with their worthless idols. Why? Because they were created. In this time people would go and look at the sun and how bright the sun was. Let's worship it. And the Psalmist here is reminding us. No no no. Who created the Sun God? He's the one he is. He is great. 

09:46          Why would you worship something that's created when you can worship the Creator who has splendor and majesty and strength and beauty? Who is the Creator? Who is the Savior? Who is the judge? He is King. Why do we worship? For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised. 

10:06          Because he is vast and he is glorious, and I believe that having this grand view of God is so important in our life because I believe when we get this big picture when we finally realized what God truly is, our only response can be that of worship. I truly believe that when we know who God is and we put him where he belongs above higher, greater than all else, our only true response can be that of worship. 

10:36          And all kind of dive into a few examples of why. The first is when God's glory is truly revealed to people on the earth. What is their response?

10:48          Worship! God reveals himself to Isaiah and Isaiah's response that glory is "Woe to me Greater You. I am unworthy and all of a sudden a little bit later God goes, where are you? Who can I send?

11:01           And through that glory, through that time Isaiah goes "here I am send me" what I sacrifice to you what I give to you worship because when God's glory is revealed. Worship is the response. Paul who has all the time is traveling to Damascus he is persecuting the church. God's glorious bright light shines. What is Paul's response falls on his face? 

11:25          And he asks who are you? And God is revealed, and Paul's life is forever changed. He goes to worship he gives his life a living sacrifice to the Lord when 

11:33          God's glory is revealed. John in Revelation... he's having this vision of heaven, and God's glory revealed, and he falls on his face or falls over as if he was dead. 

11:45          God you are glorious. You are great when God's glory and his greatness is revealed. The response is worship. 

11:55          I think there's a trap or a trial that we all fall into is that Satan desires for us to lessen our view of God and that can be extremely dangerous. Because when we have a lesser view or smaller picture of who God is we can go before God and we can begin to put God on trial, or we can begin to have frustration, and it brings resentments into our life when we don't truly know and remember who God truly is. 

12:27          But the last example comes from Job. If anyone had a right to complain, its Job. And I know that I'm not trying to belittle any anything's going on, but if you look at the life of Job, it just falls apart really quickly. He's a wealthy man. He's got he's got life going for him. He's got a great family. Things are going really well and all of a sudden things start to fall apart. 

12:46          Job loses his livestock, his livelihood. It goes away. It's destroyed. It's taken from him. Then his sons and daughters are gathering for this huge festival in the celebration. And the house collapses, and everyone but one servant dies, and they go and tell Job he has lost his family. 

13:01          So his livelihood and his family are gone. And then finally his physical well-being starts getting into question and boils start coming upon his skin. Life is just going awfully for Job. But he continues to worship. He rips off his clothes, puts dust on old rags, and he continues to worship. He continues to give glory to God. 

13:27          His friends come in and say "Job you've sinned, confess what you've done." Turn from Him, repent and God will make it right for you. And Job's states "I didn't do anything. I didn't sin." and he and his friends go back and forth and Job's wife gets involved.  She tells job just to let go of God and just fall away. 

13:42          Job refuses. And then God intervenes. 

13:45          And they go back and forth, and it's kind of this cool conversation, but Job is kind of questioning and bringing some frustrations to God. And God states "who are you to question me?" 

13:45          And God begins to reveal himself in the glory of His creation. He's like, "Where were you when the heavens were made?" And as he describes this beautiful picture of a way he's created that the majesty and the work that he's done. And by the end of it. Job's response is woe to me. 

14:19          You are great. You were right. I knew nothing of what I was talking about for you are God. What I repent and I trust, and I turned to you for everything. 

14:29          When God's glory is revealed the response is worship, and the response is worship. And why do we worship? Again not to obtain not to please but because God is great and greatly to be praised. For God is great and greatly to be praised. 

14:53          And again I'm not trying to say this morning that your problems don't matter your problems are little. I'm not trying to say this morning that having questions and doubt is wrong in any way. In fact, I think that it's OK to question. I think it's ok to doubt in moments. But my question to you this morning is when you go to God, what kind of view are you going to God in? Are you bringing your doubts and your frustration to God in a small picture?

15:18          A God that that would leave you frustrated and resentful where are you turning to the God who is grand and majestic. 

15:27          Are you going to a god where there is hope and the forgiveness of sins because of the work of Jesus Christ that we can be set free from our sin. Are you going to a God who has given us a promise of eternal life in the presence of God? A life where there is no more death there's no more cancer there's no more hate? There's no more sorrow there's no more pain there's no more murder there's no more racism there's no more greed. It's all gone. Sin is forever white. How are you going to? God has given us that promise that joy that we can have an everlasting life in the presence of God in a perfect world. 

16:02          That's the God that we're running to because that's our God. He is great and majestic and in splendor. Great is the Lord and He is greatly to be praised this morning. 

16:15          How are you viewing God this morning? Is there something in the way of true worship of God? Is there a view? is there a question? Is there a doubt? Bring it before the Lord and remember who he is. Savior. Creator. Judge. Lord the God of God. The King of Kings. When we have a grand view of God, our hearts are life they turn to worship. Why? Because the Lord is great and greatly to be praised.  The Lord is Good Lord is good. 

16:49          We're going to close in prayer, and I want worship to come up, but as we do I'm going to leave a time of silence, and in this time I just want to leave you some time to confess to the Lord. 

17:00          Maybe something's getting in the way of that true worship for you this morning? Maybe there is a frustration or doubt, and I just would ask that you would have God reveal Himself to you in the midst of that situation. Because I truly believe that when we go to the Lord, and we seek the Lord, and we see the grandness and the greatness of God, our hearts will turn to worship. 

17:19          And so we pray. 

17:23          Heavenly Father I come before you in all again in awe of your splendor, in awe of who you are and in of what you've done. 

17:36          Lord, as we take some moments to just silently confess you and silently bring to you our trials or doubts or questions, I pray that in this moment, in the silence that we would ask for your glory to be revealed in our life. And so would we just take this moment to turn our life to you. 

17:55          We pray silently Lord.