The Content of Worship – Part 3
by Pastor Bill
As we continue our series on worship the way that God wants to be worshiped, we want to look at the content of our praise. In Psalm 150:2, we are told to “praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness.” There are two distinct areas that we are to focus on in worship. First, we are to focus on His mighty deeds. It is not difficult to see His mighty deeds; they are everywhere. His mighty deeds include creation. As we look at the mountains, we see His mighty deeds. When we see the beautiful birds that He created, we see His mighty deeds. When we see the sun, moon, and stars, we see His mighty deeds.
There should be mighty deeds that are personal. As I look back at my life, I see that He has done many mighty deeds for me. I was a selfish and driven young man. I had a hardened heart. God softened my heart. God took out the heart of stone and put in a heart of flesh. God has changed my life, helping me to be selfless and look out for the interests of others. As a father of ten children, I marvel at God’s provision for our family. There are numerous times when we were in desperate situations and God came through with mighty deeds of provision. All of these things should help us to praise Him for His mighty deeds. These things should cause gratitude and enrich our worship of Him.
We are not just to praise Him for what He does, but we are told to praise Him according to his excellent greatness. In Psalm 103:7, David writes that the Lord “made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel.” God’s mighty deeds and acts were well known, but His ways and His character were not known by everyone. God revealed His ways to Moses. When you get to know a person, you know their ways. Moses spent time with the Lord. He spent time fasting and praying. He walked and talked with the Lord. Moses was able to worship Him for His excellent greatness, because He knew of His greatness.
For you and I to worship the Lord for His greatness, we must spend time getting to know the Lord. We must spend time in His word. We must spend time meditating and studying His word. We must spend time in prayer. We must regularly fellowship and assemble together to be taught about God and His ways. We must spend time worshiping the Lord with songs of praise that speak of His deeds and His character. As we learn to be worshipers of the Lord, learn to praise Him for His mighty deeds and for His excellent greatness.