God’s Protocol For Worship
Below is my study of Psalm 100 that I’ll be using for the teen class tonight. Perhaps it will stir some thoughts in you to draw you into that spirit of worship our souls long for! It certainly did mine as I studied His word.
Protocol defined: the official procedure or system of rules governing affairs of state or diplomatic occasions.
Who set the protocol for worship? The word of God.
1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Protocol 1 is
There are many types of noises in the world, what do you consider a bad noise? (painful, loud, extreme, unnecessary)
Who do you think uses these noises and why? Satan of course!
What are some good noises?
Psalm 100:1 says to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. What do you consider a joyful noise to sound like?
Who should be shouting?
John Gill’s commentary said:
…all the inhabitants of the earth, who are called upon to shout unto him as their King; as the angels did at his birth, the disciples when he made his public entrance into Jerusalem, the apostles at his ascension to heaven, the saints when the marriage of him, the Lamb, will be come, and both men and angels when he shall descend from heaven to judge the world; and such a joyful noise or shout should be made unto him as to a triumphant conqueror, who has got the victory over sin, Satan, death, and the grave, and every enemy of his and his people, and made them more than conquerors through himself;
That reading should stir your heart when you think about the reasons we should make noise!
The 2nd Protocol in Psalm 100 for Worshipping the Lord is to
And to not just serve Him but to be happy about it.
Since serving God is a protocol, how do you want to serve Him?
Protocol Number 3 is to
Come before His presence
I think that speaks to our attendance as well as the recognition that while in attendance to church we expect God to be there and we treat the service accordingly.
How should we come into His presence?
Protocol Number 4 is
Everyone? Yes! Everyone on the platform? No!!!!!!
But there is not only safety in numbers there is also a blending of voices that covers a multitude of bad notes. Why do you think music is important to God?
How important is it to you?
Do you feel called into the music ministry?
Do you understand what a calling is?
Protocol number 5 is to
Know what? Know that the Lord is God! That’s a must to understand the calling on your life. You have to frist be saved, and then get to know the Lord so that when He speaks, you understand it is Him.
Have you ever felt the Lord speaking to you?
How would you describe it?
Do you think people misunderstand the Lord’s calling on their life? Why?
Protocol Number 6
Enter with Thanksgiving
What are some reasons that we have to be thankful as we come into the building and worship service?
The final Protocol in Psalm 100 is number 7, we should
Bless His Name
We always ask the Lord to bless us, but do we ever think about blessing Him?
What are ways we can bless Him?
The final verse of Psalm 100 gives us 3 reasons we should worship the Lord and have an attitude of worship.
Because He is good
(even when the world around us isn’t)
Because He is merciful
(every day we stand in need of it)
Because He is truth
(The world may be filled with lies, but the word of God is filled with nothing but truth.)
A Study with Shari Johnson (The Jesus Chick)
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