Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes


Faithful Worship and Praise
Pastor Bryan Johnson
In a world full of ups, downs and even “side to sides” it can be very tough to live. You knew that. You knew that because of Jesus’ words “each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). Great. Jesus essentially says every day will be tough enough, so don’t even think about tomorrow. That’s a whole ‘nother discussion. So if we live in such a crazy plan, with enough worry in a day for Jesus to tell us to stay focused on the day we’re in­—how can I faithfully worship? What could I possibly have to stand on? Well, like Pastor Steve would say – I know. I know (and you do to!) what you have to stand on that will last forever. Isaiah 40:8 tells us, “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” Today, I’d like to share with you some of the verses that have meant so much to me as I continue to stand in awe, wonder and praise of our God. Let them sink into you, and you’ll praise no matter what’s ahead or behind.

Eternal Reasons to Worship No Matter What:
1. He has promised trouble (John 16:20-33)
2. He wants a living sacrifice, not a dead one (Romans 12:1-2)
• “Present your bodies” - Worship is an act of will, not ability.
3. He Himself will show up (James 4:7-8)
4. He has assured me a glad welcome (Ephesians 3:12 [NLT])
5. Praise has more power than a pity party (Joshua 6:20; Acts 16:16-38)
6. I’m hidden with Christ (Colossians 3:1-4)
7. He came for my kind of people: sinners (Matthew 9:9-12)
8. The object of my worship doesn’t depreciate in value (Hebrews 13:8)

Application:
1. Use memorized Scripture to strengthen the foundation of your worship.
2. If you haven’t memorized some Scripture, memorize all of the Scriptures above.
• Remember, memorize them after you realize the meaning in context. Otherwise, you could make it say something that wasn’t intended.
3. Start Now. Remember, praising God doesn’t always line up with our emotions or circumstances—but your worship isn’t based on those things.

Discussion Questions:
1. Describe a time where you knew you were supposed to worship, but didn’t. Describe a time where you didn’t want to worship, but did anyway. What was the difference between the two?
2. What scriptures have been important to you in your walk with God? How could those begin to impact your worship?


 


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