Today, Father's Day, Pastor Ed Allen preached the second in a two-part sermon series, "How and Why We Worship." He began with an interview with his son, Jordan, about how we pick songs for worship at Gateway. Though it's not a performance, we do want excellence. The worship team picks songs they enjoy, songs they can play well, and songs that fit with the message.
Then we reviewed last week's sermon and the definition of Worship --
Worship is a whole-self engagement with God on the terms that He prescribes and in the way that He alone makes possible, including adulation, devotion, and reverential acts of submission.
Continuing to work from this definition:
True worship includes expressing true devotion to the true God.
Psalm 37:1-4 and Psalm 18:1-3 Main idea is commitment combined with love.
The Lord's Prayer includes "Thy will be done," which is a statement of commitment and surrender.
True worship is an action; it is not primarily interior.
The emotional part of Love is secondary.
Jesus isn't looking for us to have a crush on Him. We want our emotions touched, but that's not the main goal. We want the kind of love that means I surrender to You and I'll serve You with all my heart.
True worship involves reverential submission.
Spending time and energy straining for emotion puts us in danger of making worship about ourselves.
All the same, when you do feel emotion in worship, lean into it! Don't discard it too easily. Though an emotional experience isn't the main point of worship, we don't need to throw it away.
On the other hand, if our emotions are never engaged, are we putting our whole self into worship? Psalm 62:8 Don't allow yourself to be cut off from a significant source of strength.
Reverential submission is the idea behind the sacrificial system. Psalm 66:3-7 and Psalm 89:5-9.
In conclusion, we asked, why adulation? Is God an egomaniac? Ed used C. S. Lewis's answer to that question: Praise acknowledges truth. And praise completes our enjoyment.
We finished the service with worship and the Lord's Supper.