“The greatest sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. God, you will gladly accept a heart that is broken because of sadness over sin” (Psalm 51:17, NIrV). Think about these words of David about wor-ship. (After all, in Israel during Bible times, the sacrifice was an important part of worship.) Realize, too, that the word translated as “con-trite” (KJV and NKJV) comes from a Hebrew word that means “crushed.” What is the Lord saying to us? How are we to understand this idea along with the idea that there should be joy in our worship?
As Christians, we know that all people are fallen and sinful.. This sin-fulness includes each one of us.. Think of the difference between what you know you could be and what you are.. For example, there is a sharp differ-ence between the kind of thoughts that you think and the kind that you know that you should think.. There is a sharp difference between what you do and what you should do.. There is a sharp difference between what you do not do and what you know that you should.. When we look at Jesus, we see how weak we truly are.. This is where our broken spirit and crushed and broken hearts come from.. If peo-ple who claim to be Christians do not see this, they truly are not wise..
We are sinners, but God loved us so much that Christ came and died to take our place on the cross.. Now His perfect life, His perfect holiness, and His perfect character4 become credited to us by faith… Again, the theme of the “everlasting gospel” (Revelation 14:6) appears.. Our worship should not just center on our own sinfulness…
It should also center on God’s wonderful answer to the sin problem: the Cross.. Of course, we need that bro-ken and crushed heart.. And under-standing how bad we are leads to joy, because we know that we can have eternal life anyway.. Because of Jesus, God will not count our sins against us.. This truth must always be at the center of all worship experiences, whether we worship as a group or alone…
DAVID: A SONG OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP (1 Chronicles 16:8, 12, 16–22)
David understood God and His gift of salvation well… This understanding influenced his own life and the spiritual leadership over his people.. David’s songs and prayers show a deep sense of respect for God.. David loved and knew Him as a personal Friend and Savior…
According to 1 Chronicles 16:7, David gave Asaph, his chief musician, a new song of thanksgiving and praise on the day that the ark was moved to Jerusalem.. This praise psalm has two important parts of worship.. It says that
- God is worthy of worship and that
- people should worship God.. In this song, David first asks worshipers to take an active part in worship..
Read the entire song in 1 Chronicles 16:8–36.. Notice how often the fol-lowing action words are used in the song: give thanks, sing, call on His name, seek the Lord, make known, talk of, declare, give glory to, proclaim (announce), remember, and bring an offering.. David then lists some of the reasons why God is worthy of our praise and worship..
According to 1 Chronicles 16:8, 12, 16–22, what were some of the events of the past that the people of Israel should let others know about? And according to verses 12 and 15, what special acts of God were they to remember?
The description about the cove-nant5 takes up nearly a third of this thanksgiving hymn. In what way does the covenant relate to worship?
The covenant that God made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was based on His ability to make them a great nation, to bless them, and to bring them into the Promised Land.. Their part was to love, obey, and worship Him as their Father and God.. Our lifestyle may be different today.. But the same principle (important rule) still holds for us..
Think about the ways David calls us to worship God. In our own time, place, and setting, how can these same ideas be used in our church worship of the Lord?
DAVID’S SONG (Job 38:7)
“The morning stars sang together. All of the angels shouted with joy” (Job 38:7, NIrV).
All through the Bible, we find music playing an important part of worship. In the verse above, the angels sang when the world was created. Second Samuel 22 shows a song that David wrote in praise of the Lord.. (Quickly read through the song and note the important elements and how they are connected to worship..) The important point here, and in so many other places in the Bible, is that this is a song. It is music.
What do Revelation 4:9–11; Rev-elation 5:9–13; Revelation 7:10– 12; and Revelation 14:1–3 tell us about some things that go on in heaven where there is no sin? What are some of the themes shown in these verses? What can we learn from them about worship?
The theme of the songs, praise, and worship points to Jesus as Creator and as Savior.. If the angels sing about this in heaven, then we should be doing it even more here on earth.
There is no question that song, music, and praise are part of our worship experience. As we have been created in God’s image, we share a love and an appreciation for music. We cannot imagine a culture that does not use music in some way or another! Love and appreciation of music are woven into every part of our human experience. God surely made us that way. There is a power in music to touch us and move us that other kinds of communication do not seem to have. At its best, music seems to lift us into the very presence of the Lord. Who has not experienced, at some point, the power of music to bring us closer to our God?