Ok, unless if God tells me otherwise, this is my last post about praise for a little while. This sermon is from Sunday, October 24, 2010 during Pastor Hunter’s worship series. It’s amazing how it fell. I heard Bishop Walker’s ridiculously challenging sermon “I’m Too Real to Fake It” based on Acts 17:16-29, then Pastor Hunter actually preached at a funeral (I know, right!) speaking on “A Trip Through the Valley” based on Psalms 23:4. In this sermon, Pastor Hunter dissects the 107th Psalm entitling it “A God worth Thanking”. The format of this sermon is a bit different from most of his other sermons. He gets straight to the point, not killing anytime with flowery introductions or artsy illustrations, but thankfully so. This sermon is so meaty; there wouldn’t have been any room for the last point if he gave a big intro.
Here are the sermon’s highlights:
- An Admonition to Give God Thanks
- The command: When we consider the benefits and blessings of God, it become logical to give Him thanks.
i. Because God’s given us so many blessings we don’t deserve, we must say thank you.
- The confession: Our praise ought not to be predicated on the worship leader, but on our relationship with God!
- The conditions: We don’t have to wait to get to our destination to praise. Praise Him on your way!
- Ample Reasons to Give God Thanks
- His character: Shallow praise is based on what He’s done, but deep praise is based on who He is. What type of praise do you offer God?
- His compassion: God is not just a God of justice; He’s also a God of mercy!
- His covering: There’s no where you can go that God can’t get to.
- Adequate Expressions to Give God Thanks
- Volition: Worship should be voluntary! Nobody should have to be your hallelujah cheerleader!
- Vocalization: We need some “say-so” Christians!
- Volume: We need to praise God vocally and boldly.
Well…there’s not much to be said on this sermon (surprised?). At first, I felt weird about posting these sermons the way I did, but now I see that God placed this on my heart for a reason. I feel like this sermon is a perfect wrap-up to our worship sequence on Preacher Snob. The previous sermons have outlined how to worship God, the state of the worshippers, the mandate to worship God, and now this sermon wraps it all up with why we need to worship God. Pastor Hunter has done an outstanding job of feeding us with knowledge about worship. It’s now our responsible to actually worship! So, I don’t have any witty comments to add to the sermon, but I will close this blog with this thought:
Worship is a unique opportunity we have as Christians. There is no opportunity in any other religion to interact personally with God. We get to be intimate with the Creator of the universe, the master of master, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, Father of all, Mother of all, yet we look at it as an inconvenient obligation. How would you feel if God started looking at blessing us the way we looked at praising Him? Let’s not become guilty of being spoiled brats who just take…take…take without ever giving back. That’s not the standard God’s set. We’ve been given the tools. It’s now time to use them!