Praise or Worship?
For allowing me to be here, I appreciate your hospitality preacher and I feel very at home in the room that I'm in. There's a picture of Teddy Roosevelt over the door and right over the bed so I feel right at home. Absolutely! Very appropriate. And I had no idea that you guys were going to be as a church going through for the beginning of 2019 some things in this distinctions in your ministry distinct. The preaching of the word I believe it was January, correct, you told me this marriage and traditional home as a priority in February. Godly music month in the spirit of worship next, I really didn't know that I was handed this just a matter of minutes ago. But having said that when I was called and asked to preach here this evening, there was a message that came to my mind immediately. And then I asked your preacher who picked out that song right before this message. Did they know what I was preaching? And obviously I don't think they did but the Lord knew what I was preaching. So I believe with all my heart that brother Moro is sick so that I can be here and give you this message this evening. John Moro says hi. And I appreciate you letting me come.
Tonight I'm going to do every thing I can to stick to the bible and not my opinion. There a lots of different opinions in this auditorium about this subject. A major subject that I think people are very confused on and the subject is worship. The message tonight is entitled "Praise or Worship." It is entitled Praise or Worship because there's a difference, they're not the same. People think they're synonymous but they're not. They might be in the same instant, In the same scenario, people might be doing both but they don't mean the same thing. Turn with me if you would to start with to Psalm 138. I'm going to read Psalm 138. If you'd do a favour, you'd kind of been up and down and I realise that but do me a favour and stand with me if you would please. I know you do that sometimes, I don't know if every preacher who comes in here, asks you to stand up at the very beginning with the reading on the word of God. And I understand you've been up and down and up and down and I'm not going to have to get up every single time I turn to a different text. Just at the beginning okay.
So Psalm 138 and we'll just start with two verses. Psalm 138: 1 - 2; "I will praise thee with my whole heart" before the gods notice little 'g', "gods will I sing praise unto thee. I will worship toward thy holy temple and praise they name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth; for thou has magnified they word above all thy name." If I may point something out to you just real quickly before we get into the message at verse 2. His word is more important than your idea or my idea of worship. His word is more important than your idea or my idea of worship. What we really should do is figure out what thinks worship is. And submit ourselves to it because he's magnified his word above all his name. Yeah actually he has names right. You can call him many I am, the first and the last, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. Many names but above all his names, he's magnified his word above all that. So it's important for us and I know that about your church, it's based on the word of God, not just opinion. And tonight, what I'm here to do is just back that up and remind you what the word says about the topic of worship. And I realise that that won't be thoroughly covered until next month. It's funny praise and music and all that stuff is this month's theme and then next month, you'll get into worship. Hopefully this will help to set the stage in your head and in your heart for some of these things. Let's stop and have a word of prayer before we go any further.
[04:09 Start of prayer]
Father, thank you very much for the opportunity for us to be able to be in your house this evening. Thank you so much for everyone who's here. It's a privilege to gather together with these folks tonight. Lord I thank you for the truth that you've given us. What a beautiful thing that you've given us of your word. You didn't have to do that but we sure do appreciate it. And Lord that you've preserved it for us and that we can trust it and every word of it is pure. Help us to dig into it this evening to see what your word says about this topic that many people are confused about praise and worship. Help us to see what the Bible has to say. Please guide the time and I pray that you bless this in Jesus name we pray, amen.
[04:47 End of prayer]
Thank you and please be seated as I get moving. Because I've got a lot of material to cover in about the next 45 minutes or so. The word worship itself just the word worship, by the way not the word worshipeth, worshippers, worshipping, just the word worship. Just take that one, just that one word worship. Believe it or not, out of the 66 books in the Bible, that word worship just by itself again without worshipping, worshippers, all that stuff, that word is a 108 times in scripture. That's a lot of times. If however, out of those 108 times again just for that word, and we'll see some others tonight when we're looking through this, worshipping and so on. If out of all those times, praise and worship were the same, wouldn't you think they'd often be mentioned in the exact same verse. That it would put together praise and worship synonymously right side by side. But interestingly enough, in the exact same verse, not in the exact same context maybe, but in the exact same verse, you only find a derivative of worship which does include worshipping etc. and praise in 3 verses. That's amazing. And you can see by the word and that the concepts are related but they're different. If I said, for example, I introduced my wife and my son. They're not the same. The and shows you they're different. So we're going to look at praise and worship even though tonight's message is entitled praise or worship. And I actually want to do that with you this evening. Kind of bear with me. I realise there's some visitors here this evening and I thank you for being here and I know you don't know me and I know the majority of you don't know who I am but brother [06:33 Unintelligible] knows me so don't worry about it. Brother [06:36 Unintelligible] does. Brother Olsen, how are you doing sir? Good to see you. There's a couple of folks that I know around here but having said that, don't just take my word. Let's look and see what the Bible has to say. Because this is what we want to do. I don't know if you do but I do. I want to look and see what the Bible has to say.
Go back with me if you would to 2nd Chronicles 7:3. We're not going to do a ton of flipping this evening but we are going to do a little bit because again what I said is I would like to keep this Biblically based and not just my opinion. 2nd Chronicles 7 v 3, and I challenge you to study this out, I really do. Study it out. The reason I say this study it out is people again are confused about it and they've had it in their heads a little bit twisted. People actually get very angry when their worship or maybe you've heard this worship-style, when that is challenged. And I bet people get angry at me when it's challenged. It's personal, I have my own worship. By the way if you ever want to look that up there's somebody that thought they had their own worship in John 4 and they were lost. They were telling Jesus, I've got my worship, you think you've got a worship in Jerusalem, we worship in this mountain and she wasn't even saved. So her worship didn't save her. And Jesus went on to those that worshipped the Father must worship him in spirit and in truth and by the way that's according his word because his magnified his word, his word above all his name. It better be according to the word. So 2nd Chronicles Chapter 7 and verse 3 is one of the few times we have even a form of worship and praise in the same verse. 2nd Chronicles 7 verse 3; "And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement." You get the idea where they were? Faces to the ground and they were on the pavement and they worshipped and that's true, "praise the Lord saying for he is good for his mercy endureth forever." This is one of only 3 times it's even in the same verse but you can tell they're doing both, they're not doing the exact same thing. As a matter of fact I'll explain this in a little bit.
Look at 2nd Chronicles chapter 29 just on a little bit further, 2nd Chronicles 29 and verse 30. Actually you're going to read verses 28 to 32. 2nd Chronicles 29 v 28 to 32, "And all the congregation worshipped and,.." putting a difference here, "... the singers sang and the trumpeters sounded." You get the idea right, the singers are not trumpeting while they're singing. They're different groups of people so there's worshipping and there's singing and there's trumpeters trumpeting. So that's what they're doing. Sounded and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished. And when they had made and end of the offering, the king and all that were present with him bowed themselves and worshipped. So again they're bowing themselves. You get the theme there so far. Verse 30, this is were praise and worship are in the same verse of form of. [09:43 Unintelligible] to sing praise unto the Lord with the words of David and a foreseer and they sang praises. They did what they were told and with gladness and they bowed their heads in worship. I know from bowing your head, I know that it's really hard to sing like that. I don't know if you've ever tried singing that way. It's a really hard thing to do. So if you read this and you think about the text now, they're singers that's true. They're Levites and they're singers and singing is a great thing.
By the way, do you enjoy singing? I enjoy singing, I liked all the music this evening. I thoroughly enjoyed that. I thought it was great. I love singing. By the way anybody who loves the Lord wants to at least someway express their gratitude toward him. You may not be a great singer, praise the Lord, the Bible says make a joyful noise. But in some way, you do want to make a joyful noise and express your gratitude towards your savoir. And that's a great thing but it's real hard to do this way. So when I think through this, I think there are singers and trumpeters and then there's singing and trumpeting but then there are also, notice several times, now bowing their heads and worshipping. The only other place that praise and worship are in the same verse is the segment that I started this message out with; Psalm 138 v 1 and 2. Having said that, now I want to move on.
Praise is a good thing. Praise is mentioned often in scripture. The bible tells you to praise. I could read a bunch of different scriptures for you. I'm going to skip forward and I'm going to look all the way at Psalm 150 with you if I could. Psalm 150, "as I think through with you tonight. "I believe that your church is practising this." Tonight when we went through the service and the song service prior to the preaching which now by the way we're worshipping him also in truth because we're talking about the truth. He said thy word is truth, he said that in the new testament. But in Psalm 150, it tells you to praise. And I'm not cut down praise. Praise is a great thing. But I do want to show you tonight and I think I'll have you convinced by the end of the message that worship is a different thing. In Psalm 150 for example, you've got praise and it's Praise you the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary. Praise him in the firmament of his power, praise him for his mighty acts, praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet. Praise him with the sultry and heart. Praise him with the timber and dance. Praise him with stringed instruments and orgens, praise him upon the loud symbols, praise him upon the high sounding symbols. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord, praise Ye the Lord. So should you praise the Lord? Absolutely! But again interestingly enough. I don't know if you've paid attention to this I just thought through some scripture. The end of the Psalms when you start into for example, Psalm 139 and you go all the way to the end, you're going to see the word praise a lot. Praise him with this, praise... You guys praise him, you guys praise him. All the way through those Psalms. One 139, 140, 141 and I'm not going to go on but all the way to Psalm 150 and you get the idea Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord. But the word worship in no form of worship is mentioned one time in those verses. Those versus are about praising.
Now if I may, let me show you 3 things about worship that I'm hoping will change your might about the word worship. I'm going to give them to you backwards and then we'll start on the reverse end. The first one that I'm going to... and again, I'm doing these backwards, so bear with me. I don't know if you're taking notes but this is backwards. I believe with all my heart form what we're going to look at in scripture, worship is not singing with your hands in the air. I don't think so. I realise there's a scripture that says lifting up holy hands. And I'm not against that. A lot of people don't emphasis holy, they just emphasise lifting up. Now if the hands are holy, then it's following scripture. But sometimes it's just no holy hands. As a matter of fact, unholy hands just doing this. If we're going to do that right, they should be lifting hands holy hands unto the Lord. And holiness is something we'll talk about tomorrow with the young people. But having said that, I believe that worship is actually an act of submission. Worship is actually according to scripture, an act of submission. And you're going to see that in scripture in the ones that we'll look at. Worship is often, not every single time, I've got to admit, but often, I haven't honestly sat down and written down every single time and then counted them up but I do know from a lot of what I see, worship is often done privately. People have the idea that worship has to be a public gathering where people get together for worship. Well you're going to see tonight, worship is an act of submission. Worship is done privately and I also want you to see this, worship is usually, definitely often done without singing. Worship is a very unique thing. But I submit this to you this evening, the word worship has been hijacked. It really has. It's been made synonymous with praise and things that really worship but all are called worship. I think it's been hijacked. I really do. I told you I was going to mention those things and then do them in reverse. So lets do the last one I mentioned to you first and we'll got backwards and I think you'll get the idea and where I'm coming from at least that worship is submission really ultimately. The last one that I mentioned to you was worship is often done without singing. I read to you some scriptures where we're supposed to praise. Absolutely. And praise him with what? Yes! Praise him with everything you possibly can. By the way, he deserves our praise doesn't he? He deserves more praise than we give him. He deserves more amen, he deserves more hallelujahs. He deserves more holy hands absolutely he does. But worshipping is often done without singing. That's why you don't have much singing and as a matter of fact, it's even fewer times if you look up the word sing, sang or singing and worship. You don't find it. And I try this one because okay with your voice, would't there be a I'm going to worship the Lord with my voice. Actually you don't find that either. It's an amazing thing when you start studying the word worship and see the way the Bible actually uses it. I don't know if you've ever heard this or not. And it is not a hard and fast rule with me, it might be with a college professor. But it isn't a hard and fast rule with me but I do take note of it, it's called the law of first mention. When you see something in scripture, the first time it's ever mentioned in the Bible, it kind of sets a pattern. There may be a variant somewhere. God gets to do whatever he wants, it's his universe. But having said that, there's a law of first mention sometimes you see it mentioned and the first time ever in scripture and you can see a pattern there.
Worship is one such word. If I was to ask you right now and don't raise your hard. The first time worship is ever used in scripture, was there a service? Was there a band? Was the group in the wilderness even called by the way it was in Acts chapter 7 of church because it's a picture of. Was it then that they had a worship service? What was the first time it was mentioned? Actually it's Genesis 22. Turn back with me and lets look at the first if we may. We're not going to look at every single one. But we're going to look at the first and the last mention of the word worship in scripture. Would you see the concept before that? Yes, you would see the concept before that. You're going to see that I believe with Abel at least. I was going to say Cain and Abel but I think Cain was messing it up but Able did it right. But you can see the concept back with Abel in Genesis. But the first time the word is mentioned is Genesis 22. And I'll read Genesis 22 v 4 to 6. Again I don't know where you all are with your Bible knowledge and your understanding of scripture but Genesis 22 is where God tests Abraham and says to him to the son, allow me to paraphrase just a little if you would without twisting scripture, I don't want to do that. But the son that he had been praying for, the son that took years to get here and in his impatient, he even kind of messed up some things. But this son that was the son of promise, God tells him, take thy son, thine only son whom thou lovest and offer him as a sacrifice upon one of the mountains that I will show thee. And he took 3 days journey and he went to Mt. Moriah. By the way that is the temple mount in Jerusalem. So he took 3 days journey and he went to mount Moriah and the Lord showed him. We find here in Genesis 22 and verse 4. Then on the 3rd day, Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place of far off and Abraham set onto his young men. So they had some young men who came with he and his son. By the way, he is very old at this time because he was a 100 right? When Isaac was born. So he's pretty old here. So he had some young men helping him with this journey besides his son. So Abraham said onto his young men, listen to this, abide ye here with the ass or the donkey and I and the lad will go yonder and... now stop and think. I and the lad will go and yonder and worship and come again to you.
Now bear with me as a I read a little further. Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it upon Isaac his son. And he took the fire in his had and a knife and they went both of them together and I'm going to pause here real quickly. And I want you to stop and think about this. It's the first time that worship is mentioned. So what are his instruments of worship. Now this things that we praise the Lord, they're fantastic! That's great I mean even the cattle drums. You're doing exactly what it says in praising the Lord in Psalm 150. But the first time you see a worship service, what are his instruments of worship? She got a guitar? He have an organ? Does he have a drum set? Oh pastor why those weren't even invented yet. Okay. What did he have? What are his instruments of worship. Wood, fire and a knife. His instruments of worship are the instruments he's going to use to sacrifice his son. There's no singing involved. He didn't take an instrument of the day, a harp. He didn't take any singing any instruments to go off to the top of the hill and have a concert because that's not really what worship is all about. Worship is often done without singing. He didn't take any of the instruments we would think were instruments of worship. By the way this is important. Maybe this doesn't speak for you but it does to me and I've really been paying attention especially lately.
I was on a trip for another pastors meeting that preached at and I was on my way back when we stopped at a [21:29 Unintelligible] and we're sitting across the table from somebody. Shared a great big table with us. It's one that has the benches up here. It's a big long table. And we're sitting across and sharing the table with the guy and we get in a conversation and you could tell hat he was a born... as far as I could tell, born again anyway but we were talking about salvation when you accept Christ as your saviour so we kind of went through some of these things. But he was from a different type of church than where I'm from and so he had a different idea of worship. And he said to me, where have you have been? I said, it just so happens conference we were at a men's conference and we were at a men's conference and we were talking about a lot of things and by the way, for that men's conference the topic of worship came up. And so I brought that up and he said, that's really awesome! My son is at a seminar right now where they're learning how to play instruments of worship. And he got into the names of the different instruments of worship. So this guy even though we have the same view of the Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. We had a different idea of what worship really is. I even said to him, you know the first time, I mentioned this that worship is ever used in scripture in Genesis chapter 22, it has nothing to do with instruments like your son is looking at this afternoon. It is a knife and wood and a fire, it is a sacrifice. Can you see that? Is't that amaze you? Doesn't that amaze you? This is the first time you see worship in scripture.
Lets look at the last one. Because again you can look at bunch of them. Revelation chapter 22. It would stand to reason that we're going to look at the very last chapter in the Bible again to see this last one. Revelation chapter 22. By the way, he gets corrected for it. But his intention is to do it because he misunderstands. Bare with me as I go through this in my head and some of it is rhetorical. He wants to worship. But he gets corrected for it because it's not right. And in Revelation 22 though this is the last time it's mentioned. Revelation 22 verses 8 and 9. "And I John saw these things and I heard them. And when I had heard them and when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship. Now it doesn't necessarily say the angel but before the feet of the angel which showed me these things. It's just too close in proximity, it makes the angel uncomfortable. And so verse number 9, then sayeth the enemy, see thou do it now. I'm thou fellow servant. And of thy brethren, the profits and them which keep the sayings of this book. Worship God. And so the worship, the one he is supposed to be falling down at his feet to worship in awe of, it's supposed to be God and God alone. He's incorrect even it's proximity to doing that with this angel. It's all about God. And I appreciated your prayer so much. I don't know if you even remember what you prayed about, they have the focus not to be on these guys. Now the focus not to be on the singers but oh Lord, help the focus to be on you. Who are we supposed to be praising? It is God. We're supposed to be falling down at his feet and worshipping him. And so the first time you see worship and the last time you see worship in scripture, it has nothing to do with singing. It is actually falling down at the feet.
By the way, it is an interesting word. I don't do Greek very often. I heard there's a Greek person right over there. But having said that, the Greek word that's used here and you can tell by the text, honestly don't be intimidated by it because you can find good Bible software and learn to click anybody else. But you can also see by the context this is the kind of stuff that's talking about. It's a really interesting word. If I get this correct, you can ask one of the Greek professors but pros kuneo [phonetic spelling] It means to be prostrate like a dog. In other words you know how a dog lays at your feet? That's worship. That's worship. That's the worship you see in scripture. And really in these cases, in most cases, it has nothing to do with singing. Singing is not bad, praising is not bad it's a good thing. Tonight by the way though, you can worship the Lord even if you're a bad singer.
First one that I'm going through again. Again I mentioned these and we're doing them in reverse. Worship is often done without singing. The second thing, worship is done privately. Worship is often done not every single time, but worship is often done privately. Did you notice without going back but in your mind to Genesis 22. In Genesis 22 when we saw worship and we saw that first time, it's mentioned in scripture, we saw Abraham who had the young men with him. but Did you notice what he did that was different than what most people do when thinking about worship? Most people think that you can only have a great worship service if there's a lot of people who are there with you. As a matter of fact, some smaller churches feel kind of intimidated and some will even walk in and go wow this little be church. How in the world can you worship in such a small environment. But notice in Genesis 22, in your mind, remember that the young men were with him and he told the young men to stay behind. He told them you guys stay here and again, allow me to paraphrase a little, you stay here and I am the [27:06 Unintelligible] this is really private between me and my God. He has to go because he's the sacrifice. But me and my God are going to work through this sacrifice and we are going up the hill alone and we're going to worship. Now as faith is in there, obviously it will come again to you and we could get into that at a different time. But he didn't ask them because he wanted a better worship experience to come along with him. Bring your instruments too. It was a very private thing. By the way not only there, look with me at 2nd Samuel chapter 12. In 2nd Samuel chapter 12, you have one of the saddest in my estimation scenarios in scripture. You got David as you're living through the live of David, you respect and you feel sorry for him because he's on the run from Saul and he goes through a lot. And he's been promised that he's going to be king, he's even anointed to be but that guy who's in charge there Saul, he won't die not only will he not die, he's chasing after David. David goes through a lot of really rough stuff when he's on the run from Saul and it's year after year after year. Even when he is finally installed as king, oh boy the General from the other army takes one of the kids and makes him a king over Israel. What a mess that is. I feel sorry for David every time I'm reading through that. Bu David unfortunately gets comfortable in his kingdom after he is actually king, takes over the whole kingdom, he gets comfortable in his kingdom. Everybody goes out to war and you know the scenario. Everybody else goes out to war and he gets off the bed in the evening. And he's walking on the roof and he happens to see a good looking woman bathing herself because she thinks I would assume, I thinks all the guys are out of town. Because it's a time when everybody goes forth to war. But he ends up committing adultery and it's a bad deal and a profit comes to him and gives him the scenario of the parable about the sheep and so on. I don't know if you've read through that but when David gets really angry, the prophet say's thou art the man. David doesn't argue with it. He admits it man after Gods own heart. And that's all true but because he gave great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, God judged him. God does judge his people. And God judged him and the child was very sick. So we have in 2nd Samuel chapter 12 and verse 18 picking up in the story. And it came to pass on the 7th day that the child died and the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead. For they said behold while the child was yet alive, we spake onto him and he would not harken onto our voice, how will he then vex himself if we tell him that the child is dead? But when David saw that his servants whispered? He would proceed that the child was dead. Therefore, David [30:11 Unintelligible] is the child dead? And they said, he is dead. Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his peril and came into the house of the Lord and worshipped. Who did that? David. It doesn't appear he took anybody else with him. And when he required so he went back then he came to his own house, now he is with other people when he required, they set bread before him and he did eat. Then said his servants under him, what is this thing that thou has done? Fast and weep while he was yet alive, but when the child was dead thou would rise and eat bread? But he said, while the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept and I said who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that child may live. But now the child was dead, where should I fast? And I bring it back again. I shall go to him but he shall not return to me.
I don't see in the attitude or instruments or people that went with him or most people think of worship, I don't see that concept of worship here. What I see is and I hope you can see that too, David going by himself in submission and falling down before God. And it doesn't even appear from the text. I realise it doesn't say that he did that totally by himself, there was not one other soul there but I got to tell you this just thinking through this scenario, that's not a concert. That's not a big jam session with all of his worship buddies. This is David in mourning and submission to God and then going by himself into the house of the Lord to worship. Can you see the first one I gave you, worship is often done without singing. Abraham wasn't singing. John wasn't singing in revelation. By the way even here in 2nd Samuel, I don't think David was singing. He was actually getting into my last one then, each of them were submitting themselves. That's why I say the last one which again I understand and I mentioned these to you in reverse and then I'm doing them backwards because I want to end with and get the concept home hopefully. I believe with all my heart, true worship is an act of submission. I want you to think about that if you would. What did Abraham submit himself to? And why would he call that worship? Because what he was going to do is he was going to submit himself to God's trial. His if you will offering. His offering. Can I give you that? So let's say that God says to you I want you to give, what is it? Would it be dollars? Would it be money? Would it be possibly God burdened you about giving a vehicle to somebody where you just hand them the keys no strings attached. Whatever it is, I mean it may be a child. You don't want your kid to go off and be a missionary. What is it that God would request of you and say I'm going to test you with this, here's your trial; I want that. Do you know how you worship the Lord? Not just by going to church and singing, you worship the Lord like Abraham does by saying okay Lord here it is. Whatever it is you want, I will submit myself to your required offering. And that's what Abraham did. Without singing and he did it privately and it was act of submission.
Then I want you to think about this in David's case, what did David submit himself to? David you can tell my the text, he submitted himself to God's judgement. Now I know that people don't like the idea of God judging and sometimes people think that the only time that Gods ever going to judge is in the future. By the way it is true that God is going to judge in the future, there is a judgement day coming. That's one of the reasons we try to work so hard here that whether present or absent because we're absent or present, we may be accepted of him. That's why we're doing all this. But having said that you can times in scripture, not only by the word of old testament, you can see some in the new testament. Look up the words Ananias and Sabira. And by the way, many others where the Lord judges his people actually uses that phrase in the new testament. The Lord shall judge his people. And there are sometimes when the Lord will judge his people because they did the wrong thing. Now I got to tell you, the judgement or his heavy hand when we've messed up is not fun. I've had that myself. Brother Dan just mentioned just a little bit of my testimony, I'm not going to go through that but there was a time in my life, I surrendered to preach when I was 15. I got sick of it by the time I was 19 and decided to run off in the army and tell everybody to leave me alone I'm an atheist. Which is a really stupid thing to do especially when you believe in God. And by the way, if you try that God will spank you; Hebrews 12 if you're one of his. He's not going to let you get away with it. He didn't let me get away with it. And there are a lot of things that God did in my life to get my attention and to judge me and to get me back on the path because he wants me doing this. You might not want me to do this but God wants me to this. That's the way it works. But having said that, so God in his judgement, in my life I understand. I've never had what happened to David happen to me. But what happen to David in his worship, it was tied together with his submission to Gods judgement in his life. He was not going up to the alter to have a concert with his friends because he was so excited and wanted to praise the Lord for taking that child away and killing him. That's not what was happening. But he was worshipping the Lord in his own way by submitting to Gods judgement. And by the way, that's one of the things the Lord wants us to do rather than fighting against it. Sometimes God gets people down like my brothers used to do to me when I was a kid. Knees on the shoulders, okay say Uncle. Say Uncle. Ever had that happen? I had brothers that did that to me and God sometimes is trying to pin somebody down and get them to surrender. But sometimes like it was when I was a young kid against my brothers, alright I give up. But was I really surrendered. But see David after all that he had been through, he knew he messed up. He knew why God was judging him. He was looking for Gods mercy, he was asking for Gods mercy. By the way, you might not think God was merciful in taking the child home. Why not. I believe from other scripture, even that very scripture, that that child went to heaven. So that sounds like mercy to me. Because David says he can't come back to me, allow me to paraphrase but I'm going to go to him. Sounds like David knew where he was. So if somebody goes instantly to heaven, is that a bad thing? But David submitted himself to God's judgement. It was without singing and it was done privately because it was an act of submission.
I'm going to actually show you one more and I'll give you a freebie at the end. Look with me at Joshua chapter 5. I've got just a couple of minutes left here. I think if you look for it and you're thinking of it biblically. Not the way the rest of the world does or even some other folks that you know that claim that they're saved. But look at it Biblically. You'll be amazed at the places you see worshipped and how somebody in scripture worship the Lord and what they worshipped him over. This is one of those weird texts. It's got nothing to do with singing. It's done very very privately and it is definitely an act of submission. Joshua chapter 5 and verse 13. It came to pass when Joshua was by Jericho. When he lifted up his eyes and looked and behold there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his had. And Joshua went onto him and said and I'll explain this in a second, He said onto him, Are thou for us or for our adversaries? And he said but as captain as a host of the Lord I'm I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and did worship. And said onto him, what sayeth my Lord unto his servant? And the captain of the Lords host, Joshua lose thy shoe from off thy foot. For the place I'm now standest is holy and Joshua did so. That's an amazing text. I want you to think through this for just a couple of minutes and I won't be long with this one. But Joshua has been side by side with Moses all the way through all those wanderings. Joshua has fought some battles while Moses held up his arms with a little help from [39:40 Unintelligible] and her. Joshua has been through a whole bunch of stuff with Moses and now a couple of chapters ago, God decides he's going to take Moses out. Because Moses rebelled himself. So God takes him out, takes him up to the top of the mountain, says look at Canaan but you're not going in and he burries him in the land Mohab. It's an amazing thing. No man knows, the Bible says of his [40:02 Unintelligible] unto this day. So before that though Joshua had been put in charge. Joshua had been brought in front of everybody. He was given a charge. Joshua had been brought to the tabernacle and the Lord himself showed up to Moses and Joshua and gave him the song at the end of Deuteronomy. And Joshua had been placed in charge of that thing. By the way, he is the captain. No one is taking over that group. He knows what happens when you let the majority win. He was part of the 12 where there was 2 who said yes and 10 who said no. He's a mans man I'm sure. He is not going to let anybody with this group. They're taking everybody's head off because that's what God said to do.
Well he happens to see somebody standing with a sword in his hand. He is the man, so what's he going to do? He's going to walk over and say, "Are you for us or for our enemy?" Because he's going to challenge him. That's what Joshua does. But know the scenario, I don't know if you've heard the concept of Christophany. It's a pre-incarnation of Christ where most people looking at this, because he's not an angel who would say, don't worship me. It actually appears to be God revealing himself in someway. Because says I am the captain. I'm the captain of the Lord's host. And as soon as Joshua gets the idea, he bows at his feet and worships him. And by the way, that doesn't say, oh no no, I'm just angel, worship God. He lets him do it. Not only does he let him do it, he tells him take off your shoes. By the way that same thing happened to Moses didn't it?
So somehow this is God representing himself to Joshua and I have to admit, I don't get it. I'm going to ask about it when I get to heaven. But it's interesting, Joshua gets there and he realises that he is suddenly outranked. Somebody else is in charge and he is not. Now how is he going to worship? Is he going to build a little stage? Bring in the group with the instruments? That's not necessary because that's not what worship is. What's necessary is for him to submit. Can he do this without singing? Absolutely! Can he do it privately all by himself? He better, he's the only one there. And what's he going to do? It's an act of submission. He is going to get down and fall at this ones feet. And he's going to do everything he says, "take off our shoes." Yes sir. How is he worshipping here? It's an act of submission. Without singing, it's done completely privately. And it is an act of submission.
Do you realise I told you I was going to give you a freebie, look with me at Job chapter 1: And I think just about everybody here understands the story of Job. Job is a just man, he is doing what's right. He hasn't messed things up. He's been a good guy. He's very concerned about his children, he offers sacrifices for them. He's so concerned for them, he wants to make sure his kids do the right thing. But you probably know the scenario where somebody comes to him and says, verse 13, "There was a day when his sons and
and his daughters were eating and drinking wine and they were at his brother's house. There came a messenger under Job, the oxen were ploughing, the ass was feeding beside them and [43:54 Unintelligible] fell upon them. The have slain the servants with the edge of the sword and I only escaped to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another and said the fire of God is falling from heaven and it's burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them and I only escaped to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another and said the [44:18 Unintelligible] made out 3 bands and fell upon the camels and have carried them away and slain the servants with the edge of the sword and I only escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house. Behold they came a great wind from the wilderness and smoked the four corners of the house and it fell upon the young man and they're dead. And I only escaped alone to tell thee.
Then Job and rent his mantle and shaved his head and fell down upon the ground and worshipped. And said naked came I out of my mothers womb. Naked shall I return further. The Lord gave and the Lord have taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job, did not charge down foolishly... wait a minute, stop and think about that. Any singing involved? I challenge you to do that when God takes everything like he did with Job, there was no singing involved. There was no friends involved. As a matter of fact, the only one he's left with is a nagging wife. He does this all by himself. And it is truly an act of submission. The Lord gave, he taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.
You see why when I started this and did it in reverse, I'd said it's an act of submission, I think you'll see that. It's done privately and without singing because when I look in scripture, not the way most people ought to be. But when I look at worship in scripture, I see something totally different. I really think that the word worship has been hijacked. By the way it's another subject as to why the music is conservative the way it is. I appreciate that you're trying to keep flesh out of it. That is a great thing because flesh and blood do not inherit the kingdom of God and that's where the perfect worship is. And I just say the more flesh, the less perfect the worship is. As a matter of fact, you've got to get rid of that flesh. And when you do and it's proper and it's according to scripture, you'll see for example, think about it, Abraham submitted to Gods required offering and that was his worship. David submitted to Gods judgement of his sin and that was worship.
And that was Joshua's worship. Job submitted to God's trial in his life. And that was worship. Tonight I have no idea what you're going through. I don't know if God is saying to you, I want that. We're going to give you an opportunity in just a couple of minutes. And you can worship without any singing and all by yourself by surrendering and submitting completely to what God is asking you for when he says I want that. I don't know if God has done some things in your life where you know God's doing that because of some sins, mistakes, problems, things you messed up. And maybe you just need to come and say Lord, I deserve it, I deserve worse. But you're right in everything you do. I'm going to worship you, fall at your feet. I'm just going to submit myself to you. And you can worship him that way. Maybe God is wanting you to do something and you thought it was your life and you're going to do with it whatever you want. By the way, I've been there. But the Lord is saying to you, no it's not your life. It's mine. I give you breath, I want you to submit to me. You can worship him in just a couple of minutes and submit your life to his authority.
Maybe it's a trial and the things that you're going through are not like David where he's been judged for his sin but the Lord is just testing you. Sometimes the Lord does that you know to see if you're going to love him anyway. But the way for you to worship him then is to submit yourself to the trial that he has brought in your life. And whatever it is, could it be sick kids? Sure. Your transmission on your vehicle broke down for the 5th time in the last year, yes. Whatever it is the Lord is trying you about or with in your life, you can submit yourself to that and that is true worship.
And lastly in each case again, I hope you can see that these times in scripture were someone worshipped, it was without singing, it was done privately and it truly is an act of submission. And I would say this to you last, I believe salvation really is the ultimate worship. Because I realise you don't have to let him perfectly be Lord of your life in someway for you to be saved. Now when I say that, don't think I'm a [50:09Unintelligible]. When I got saved, I was not fully surrendered. I was as surrendered as I knew to be at the time. But there were things in my life that the Lord worked on later. By the way he's still working on me. So I don't think that you have to reach a perfect level of surrender before you can be saved. I think you need to be as surrendered as you possibly can at the time. And the thing you need to the most is his salvation. You're not saving yourself, Jesus is saving you. You cannot save yourself. Jesus is saving you. By the way then he will work on you about more surrender and more submission and it'll go over and over again. But having said that, I believe when you do that surrender, that is an act of worship. When you surrender in that way, Lord I'm going to submit myself completely to you. You get to save me, I'm not saving myself. The tie I'm wearing is not saving me. I'm wearing the right coat, I got the right Bible, that's not saving you. You might even belong to the right church. That's not saving you. Nothing you do is saving you. You think guys with moustaches are heretics, whatever. You not having a moustache doesn't save you. You ladies wearing the right skirt, that doesn't save you. There needs to be an act of submission on your part surrendering to his salvation. We all need to submit and surrender all the time don't we? And that is an act of worship. This is what God wants.
So will you tonight fall down at his feet, submit yourself completely to him and experience true worship without any singing; just between you and God. Singing is a great thing, praising is awesome and I like praising the Lord. But worship is something different and I think unfortunately a lot of things that are called aren't. Would you stand with me please and let's close in a word of prayer.