Worship the Lord – Part 7
by Pastor Bill
Over the past couple of months we have been looking at worship. This morning, I want to look at an excerpt from Psalms 96, where families are encouraged to worship the Lord.(Ps 96:7-9) Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name; Bring an offering and come into His courts. Worship the LORD in holy attire; Tremble before Him, all the earth.
First, families are encouraged to ascribe glory and strength to the Lord. At EMV, we are praying for families to come and worship. We do not want to be known as a church of middle-aged or older people. We want to be known as a place where families come and worship. We want to be a place where there are children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and even great grandparents. We find in Scripture that households served the Lord. That included everyone in the house. (Josh 24:15, Acts 16:15, 16:33)
Families are encouraged to ascribe glory and strength. Specifically, they are encouraged to ascribe the glory of His name. The Women’s Ministry studied the names of God last fall. They learned more about the glory of His name. They learned more about His nature, His character, His Will, and His ways. As we get to know more about the Lord, it becomes easier to ascribe the glory due His name.
Families are also encouraged to bring an offering and come into His courts. In the Old Testament, families would bring an assortment of offerings. To name a few, there were burnt offerings, sin offerings, grain offerings, and peace offerings. When people came to worship, they came with an offering.
Jesus fulfilled all the requirements of the Law. He is our sin offering. He made atonement for all our sins, and it is not necessary to continually offer up sin offerings. (Read Hebrews 9-10.) The offerings and sacrifices of bulls and goats could not cleanse the conscience, and they had to be continually offered. The blood of Christ was given one time for all sins. It is no longer necessary to bring sin offerings.
However, we are still encouraged to bring offerings when we come to worship. We are encouraged to offer the sacrifice of praise (Heb 13:15). We are encouraged to offer a broken and contrite spirit (Ps 51:17). We are encouraged to present our bodies as living and holy sacrifices, which is our spiritual service of worship (Heb 12:1). We are to bring our tithes and offerings (Mal 3:10, Pr 3:9).
Lord, I pray that we will be church of families that ascribe glory to your name. May we be a church that presents our offerings and sacrifices to You. I pray that we will be a church of worshipers.