Lesson 7: Worship in Action
Lesson 7, Devotion 1
"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that confess His name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Hebrews 13:15-16
If you check out the Old Testament very often, you have probably heard of some of the sacrifices they made to God back then. Burnt offering sacrifices were made for the forgiveness of sin. (Today we don't have to give burnt offerings because our sin was forever taken care of when Jesus died on the cross.) Another offering in the Old Testament was the peace offering, which was given in the spirit of being a friend of God.
The phrase "sacrifice of praise" in today's passage refers to the idea of the Old Testament peace offering.
So, what does this mean for you? The worship we give God through a sacrifice of praise means we give it as a friend of God. That meant closeness in the Old Testament. For us today it means intimacy. The idea is to pour praise to God in a personal and intimate way because we are His children and His friends. It is worship plus intimacy.
What do you do? As you worship God, pour out your soul to Him not as an acquaintance but as the most intimate of friends.
Lesson 7, Devotion 2
"Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD or fully declare His praise?" Psalm 106:1-2
You are taking a standardized test at school, working hard to get all the answers down and the teacher says, "time." As you look over the test, you realize you did not have time to answer some of the questions. You know with just a little more time you could have finished the test. Doesn't that drive you crazy when that happens? You just needed a little more time.
The writer of Psalm 106 says we will never be able to declare proper praise for God fully. God is so great and so awesome that the quality of our praise will never get the job done and the quantity of our praise will never do Him justice.
Think about this:
Isaiah wrote about angels who have been circling God for all of the time and singing praises to Him. That is a whole lot of worship. Does that mean we should not even try since our worship is so inadequate? NO! God loves the praise of His people. The psalmist wants us to take time to think about the fact that God is totally and completely amazing. Be sure to let this awesome wonder of God thread its way through your worship.
Lesson 7, Devotion 3
One aspect of our worship is to God for the great things He has done. Here are some scriptures about the great things of God:
1 - He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs; there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle. Psalm 107:35-36
2 - Nut be sure to tear the LORD and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you.
1 Samuel 12:24
3 - Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things. Who, O God, is like you? Psalm 71:19
4 - The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:3
5 - Be not afraid, O land; be glad and rejoice, Surly the LORD has done great things. Joel 2:21
Now, take a few minutes to think about some of the great things God has done for you. Grab a journal or your note-taking app and make a list. Be sure to praise Him for all of these GREAT THINGS.