1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, declaring the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Romans 12:1 (NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Personal Worship – We need it!
Romans 1:21 (NIV) For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Romans 1:25 (NIV) They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
Worship is where God connects with us so we experience His strength:
Psalms 22:3 (WEB) But you are Holy, you who inhabit the praises of Israel.
John 15:4–5 (NIV) 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Let’s get practical:
Psalm 27 (NIV) Of David.
1The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
2When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. 3Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
4One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. 5For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.
6Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD. 7Hear my voice when I call, LORD; be merciful to me and answer me. 8My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek. 9Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior. 10Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. 11Teach me your way, LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. 12Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.
13I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14Wait for the LORD; ake heart and wait for the LORD.
Questions to take into your reading:
What next? Protect your walk:
Proverbs 4:26–27 (NIV) 26Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 (NIV) 16Rejoice always, 17pray continually, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 4:5–6 (NIV) 5Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Passages to consider: 1 Peter 2:9-10; Romans 12:1; Hebrews 4:14-16
Called Out to Worship in Real Life (Week 3): Corporate Worship
Hebrews 10:19-25; Colossians 3:16-17; Psalm 150
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