What’s The Big Deal? Part 8 – Worship Part 5, Nov 25, 2012

– Shabach – to shout, to address in a loud tone, to command, to triumph
– a testimony of what God has done, a joyful to overflowing attitude (Ps. 47:1, 145:4,Isa 12:6, Ps. 63:3, 5:11, 32:11, 17:1, 132:13-16)
– Barak – to kneel down, to bless God as an act of adoration (James 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:5-7, Ps. 95:6, 1 Chron. 29:20, Ps. 34:1)
– we are instructed to bless (barak) the Father at all times (Ps. 34:1), as long as we live (Ps. 63:4), from day to day (Ps. 96:2), from this time forth and forever (Ps. 145:1-2), at night in the house of the Lord (Ps. 134:1), forever and ever, every day (Ps. 115:18)
– Zamar – to pluck the strings of an instrument, to sing to praise (Ps. 21:13, 1 Chron. 16:9, Ps. 57:8-9)
– Tehillah – derived from the word halal and means “the singing of halals, to sing or to laud” (Ps. 100:4, 22:3, 33:1, Isa. 61:3)
– Other expressions of worship:
  – silence (Ps. 62:1, 62:5)
  – dance (Ps. 149:3, 150:4)
  – psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19)
  – psalm – to strike a chord with a musical instrument (Ps. 150:1-6)
  – hymn – a sacred song
  – spiritual songs – from your spirit sing songs (1 Cor. 14:14-15)

What’s The Big Deal? Part 7 – Worship Part 4, Nov 18, 2012

Ps. 34:1-8
– v3 solo Christianity is not in the Bible, corporate worship is God’s will
– v4 you can change yourr outlook with worhsip
– v5 you don’t fear the face of man when you’ve seen the face of God
– it’s not about where you worship, it’s about how you worship (John 4:19-24)
– Towdah – an extension o fthe hand in adoration or acceptance (2 Cor. 5:17,21, Col. 1:13, Rom. 8:37, Phil. 4:19, 1 Peter 2:24, Ps. 50:14,23,100:4)
– worship re-orients you, it re-aligns your focus, attitude, and direction
– Biblical worship is spiritual in nature
– don’t let your past keep you from worshipping now.

What’s The Big Deal? Part 6 – Worship Part 3, Nov 11, 2012

– worship changes our focus
– our focus determines our reality
– “The mind is it’s own place, and in itself, can make a Heaven out of a Hell, a Hell of Heaven” John Milton
– two types of people: whiners-complainers and worshippers
– we see what we are looking for
Acts 16:16-22 MSG – How do we stop and get a bigger perspective?
– worship is taking our eyes off of our external circumstances and focusing on God
– what worship does: it restores spiritual equilibrium, helps us regain a proper perspective, and protects us from getting discouraged.
– worship is:
  – focusing on the big picture
  – focusing on the fundamentals of our faith
  – reframing our circumstances (worship sets the stage for miracles and causes spiritual earthquakes that can change our lives)
  – the way we stay positive in a negative world (Phil. 4:8)
  – the way out
– He is worthy of our worship
– it was worship that set Paul and Silas free physically and it’s worship that will set us free emotionally and spiritually.
– our internal attitudes or beliefs are much more important than our external circumstances. What we believe is how we’ll act.
– worship is taking our eyes off our circumstances and focusing on God.
– we let what’s wrong with us keep from worshipping what’s right about God

What’s The Big Deal? Part 5 – Worship Part 2, Nov 4, 2012

Ps. 34:1-8
– Biblical expressions of worship – your participation and presence in church and corporate worship matters
– God is seeking a certain type of worshipper (John 4:19-24)
– Biblical worship is spiritual in nature (1 Cor. 2:1-16)
– we filter everything we do through one of 3 lenses: the natural man, the carnal man, or the spiritual man (Matt. 16:13-15)
– God is not an “a la carte menu”
– Hebrew words for praise:
  – Halal – a primary Hebreww root word for praise. Our word “hallelujah” comes from this base word. It means “to be clear, to shine, to boast, show, to rave, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish.” (Ps. 113:1, 150:1, 149:3)
  – Yadah – a verb with a root meaning, “the extended hand, to throw out the hand, therefore to worship with extended hands.” According to the Lexicon, the opposite meaning is “to bemoan, the wringing of the hands.” Yadah comes from two root words: “YAD” which means the open hand, direction, power, and “AH” which has reference to Jehovah. Together they are rendered “Hands to God.” (Gen. 29:31-35, Ps. 7:17, 2 Chron. 20:21, Ps. 63:1, 107:15)