Systematic Theology 2: Lesson 26 Doctrine of Worship (Part 4 of 5)



Worldliness hinders our worship of God. Look at John chapter 17 in verse 11, “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” Yes, we are in the world but we are not of the world; we are the children of God. As the children of God, we are not to fall in love with the things of this world, for the things this world pass away, they are not eternal (1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.)

Laziness also hinders our true worship of God. Look at Ephesians 5:14 and listen to what it says, “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” We are to wake up and serve God while we can, for the day will come when we will not be able to work any longer; the door will be shut and there will be no more opportunity for us to bring men to Christ.

Impatience, that is our lack of willingness to be patient with God God’s people, hinders our worship of God. We are told the Scripture that we are to “Wait on the Lord….” (Psalm 27:14). And again, in Psalm 37:34 we are told, “wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt the to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off thou shalt see it.” Impatience is, I believe, a besetting sin of our time. But we live in the world that wants immediate gratification. We live in a world of computers, of microwave ovens. We live in a world where were not willing to wait on anything. The fast food joints, McDonald’s etc., can even move fast enough to please us. But God nonetheless has commanded us to wait upon him. Failure to be patient and wait upon the Lord hinders our worship of God; forward stands in the way of our being grateful for what God does and are trusting God for what he’s going to do. We need to “… Stand down still a while, that I may show thee the word of God…” As Samuel spoke to Saul. Take time to see what God says in his word and wait for God to act upon his word. This and this alone will cause us to praise God even though it looks like we have nothing to praise God for.

Another thing that hinders our worship is formalism. Formalism is best described in 2 Timothy 3:5 “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” This is religion with ritual, religion that is become ritualistic I should say. In place of true heart worship of God, we have given ourselves over to rituals, such worship is blasphemous and demonic. These rituals will kill our free worship of God. Israel was guilty of this kind of ritualism and it cost them the land; even today they still suffer under the Gentiles. When ritualism replaced their true worship of God they became idolaters and so shall we. We must guard against formalism, all forms of formal worship. God wants heart worship not ritual! True worship of God fills our hearts with joy and peace which comes from the Savior. This is the worship that God deserves and accepts.

All our worship is to be directed to God and God alone. While we have said this before I want to repeat it. God says in Deuteronomy chapter 6 and verse 4-5, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” God alone deserves our worship. He alone is worthy of all worship. All worship we give to other than God’s worship of idols, which God forbids.

Jehovah, the name by which God went in the Old Testament is Jesus in the New Testament. Psalm 83:18 says, “That man may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.” When we come to Philippians 2:10, in the New Testament, the word of God declares, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.…” Then in Romans 14:11 we read, “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the one and only true and living God; and he is the one who manifested himself in the flesh and took upon himself the form of a servant that he might die for our sins. That he might pay the penalty of our sins; for 2 Corinthians 5:21 declares, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Jesus is our Savior, our righteousness, our only hope for eternal life!

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