Well, the music is over and they did some general conference announcements and now it’s time to preach. Not me, a pastor from Frisco named Craig Cabaniss (http://www.gracechurchfrisco.org/pastors). He knocked it out of the park. Accurate. Clear. Practical. I’m going to post my notes as I took’em with no flair:
Knowing God With The Psalmists (Psalm 33)
–Where Do We Get Our Idea About God?
–“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” A.W. Tozer
–Our perception about God shapes our response to God in corporate worship
–Psalm 33 gives a correct perception of God
–This is a Psalm of Praise
I. An Invitation to Worship (33:1-3)
•It’s loud (“shout”, “loud shout”), not all psalms are loud, nor should all songs, but this one is. There are some that should be.
•It’s happy (“for joy”)
•It has instruments (“lyre, harp, strings, voice”)
•It’s creative and skillful (“new song, skillfully”)
New songs aren’t just most recent, they are new in the sense that we are singing of the new things God has done for us. We can sing hundred year old songs but the application to my heart is here and now. It is new!
Reverent Worship has nothing to do with style or volume or age of song, it has to do with right response (see verses 1-3) to who God is (see verses 4-19)
II. Reasons For Worship (33:4-19)
•Notice that a cheerleader worship leader, a banging keyboard, a bunch of activity is never mentioned.
•Here’s what is:
The Scriptures: The content of the Scriptures declare that God is right (verse 4a), faithful (4b), righteous and just (5a), and unfailingly loving (5b)
Creation: God created the world and is so unbelievably powerful that it all happened with his voice, word, speaking! (verse 6-7)
Those things are huge, so, respond to that with respect and reverence and awe (verse 8-9). Perhaps this is now quieter response?
God is in Control: He appoints nations and peoples and plans to succeed or fail. Why? Because his appointments and plans never fail but always succeed. So it is happiness and joy and comfort to be God’s people (verse 10-11)
God has Chosen Us for Good: God sees all of the people of the earth and sees all of our sin (verse 12-15) and our hope is not in our ability to rule our own lives (verse 16a) or fight for our lives (16b) or our possessions or advantage in life(verse 17). But God loves and redeems and forgives those who hope in Him and believe that he can save them from death (verse 18-19)
III. Worship Ender (33:20-22)
•We wait for God to provide and protect for us (verse 20)
•We rejoice in trust in his character (verse 21)
•We pray that we experience his love as we hope (verse 22)