A breakdown of Dr. Timothy Keller’s sermon on Worship
based on Psalm 95:1-11
1. What worship is
Worship is the act of ascribing ultimate value to something in a way that engages your entire being (Mind, Emotions, and Will)
In verse 8 we are called to worship with our MIND (reason, thinking)
Today if you would only hear His voice
In verse 1 and 2 we are called to worship with our EMOTIONS
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
In verse 6 we are called to worship with our WILL (submission)
Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
Worship starts with thinking, with looking at who he is, what He has done (hearing His voice)
Thinking about these things leads you to recognize the value, the beauty of who God is.
Once we see what God is worth (think and feel - the mind and the emotions) we can being to give Him what He’s worth (life changing submission - the will). To see and grasp His worth in such a way that you begin to live in accordance with it.
If you go to some kind of ritual and you affirm doctrines and beliefs without experiencing in your inner being a ravishing sense of beauty and joy, it is not worship.
If you go to a service and experience great emotion, weep, but if it doesn’t change the fundamental way you live, your character, your life patterns, it is not worship.
But what is it that engages the entire being? It’s an act of assigning ultimate value.
All of the emotion, all of the worship, all of the life transformation is coming from something the Psalmist is doing. He’s taking an inventory of the excellencies of God. He’s going over them and through them. He’s enumerating them. He’s reflecting upon them until there is an explosion in his life.
Most people believe in God but their lives have been completely unaffected because they are completely unaware of His value.
The difference between a transformed life, a life shot through with thanksgiving and joy, and a limp along life, a life where you are just getting along, is worship.
By Lars Focke