Pioneer Club Sunday
Message: ‘How to worship God’ Text: Psalm 100
Introduction: People come to church on a Sunday morning and do a lot of different things, although some we might not actually see. For example:
- PP: People come to church on Sunday, and they daydream.
- Some are on their cell phones getting updates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Snapchat.
- PP: Some are thinking about what happened to them last week or what’s coming up in the new week.
- And some are tired because they were up late the night before.
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I think we would all agree that those things are not what we should do when we come to church on Sundays.
- But, the good news is that God tells us?
Our text is Psalm 100. Yes, I realize the Pioneer Club’s Bible verse for the year is only Psalm 100:3, but to understand what the PG verse is telling us, we need to see the big picture.
And the big picture of Psalm 100 is:
- What do I do when I come to church on Sunday.
- And it has to do with worship.
Theology professor Daniel Baumann wrote:
- PP: Worship is a stairway on which there is movement in two directions: God comes to us and we go to God. (Steve Shepherd)
Daniel Baumann understood what we’ll find out in Psalm 100 this morning…
- Worship, is a verb, it’s something we DO.
So when we come to church on Sunday, there are things that God wants us to do when we’re here.
Let’s find out what they are.
PP: I. Psalm 100:1-4 What we do
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name
In these 4 verses God tells us 7 things we are to do when we come to worship Him in church on Sunday:
- PP: Make a joyful noise, Serve the Lord, Come into His presence, Know the Lord, Enter His gates, Give thanks, Bless His name
All action verbs, all things we do. Remember worship is a verb!
Psalm 100:1 Make a joyful noise
PP: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
This means to ‘raise a shout’ to God. It means to be loud… there’s no getting around that one.
Pioneer girls: Is there ever a time when your parents say you can be loud? (Inside & Outside voices)
- Yes, there are times to be quiet, reflective, in worship on Sundays in church.
- But there are also times to be loud.
In fact, the Bible uses the word loud over 60 times in relation to worship.
- PP: When the Israelites sang to God, we’re told they sang with loud instruments, trumpets and cymbals. (see 1 Chronicles 15; Psalms 33, 47, 150)
So when we sing in church, it should be loud!
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord
- Psalm 100:2a Serve the Lord
PP: Serve the Lord with gladness!
I believe the Psalmist had the service of worship that we offer God on Sunday in mind here. The Apostle Paul also had corporate worship in mind when he wrote Romans 12:1:
PP: Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. (NASB)
When we come to church to worship God on Sunday, God wants all of us… our minds, our hearts, our bodies. He wants us to give our all, gladly, to Him in worship.
And when God has a hold of all of your life, you’ll serve Him and you won’t be able to hide Him!
- Sometimes He’ll show Himself in our tears
- Other times it’ll be in raised hands or falling down on our knees.
- God will even run up your throat and over your vocal chords and make you shout joyful praises to Him.
So Christian, when you come to church on Sunday to worship God…
Serve the Lord with gladness
Psalm 100:2b Come into His presence
PP: Come into His presence with singing! (Psalm 100:2b, ESV)
Pioneer Girls, what’s the first word in that verse?
- Yes, it’s Come.
While we can certainly worship God wherever we are… corporate worship is intended here.
- Corporate worship is when we choose to individually join with one another
- to worship God together, as one people, as God’s people.
So this tells me that God says it’s important that we are in Church on Sunday worshipping Him.
After that, one of the cool things about that verse is that God has created us with voices that are able to sing.
- And God expects that we use our voices, no matter how on pitch they might be,
- to joyfully praise Him by singing.
Not convinced? Psalm 40:1-3 tells us what God has done for all of us when He saved us:
PP: I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:1–3)
Not only has God given us a voice to sing His praises, but according to that text, He can use our singing, to lead others to Christ.
Most of all, remember that when you sing in church, you’re singing in the very presence of Almighty God… who Himself, rejoices over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
Come into His presence with singing!
- Psalm 100:3 Know the Lord
PP: Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
We’ve come to the Pioneer Clubs verse for the year. And what a packed full, deep end of discipleship verse this is.
That He is God
The word Know is an action verb. It means more than just to know in your mind, intellectually. It means to know by experience, to know with certainty in your heart. It shows intimacy with God.
- You can get close to know God.
- This is real relationship… with the creator of the Universe.
Know that the Lord, He is God. Wow.
- The good news is that this means there are no other Gods, He alone is God.
- The bad news is, you’re not God.
A little deep end stuff:
- The word Lord is Jehovah in Hebrew, it is God’s name that reveals His relationship with His people.
- The word God is Elohim in Hebrew it means Mighty One.
So follow me on this, I think it might help understand the verse and be a blessing to you:
- When you’re in relationship with Jehovah: Lord through faith in Jesus.
- No matter what you are going through, He is still the Mighty One, God.
That He made us
Know that it is He who made us. I know the word know isn’t there but it’s understood.
When we come to church to worship on Sunday, God wants us to know that He made us…
- He’s not only the source of our life (even though mom and dad had something to do with it)
- He’s also the one who sustains our lives… He holds our lives together in His very hands.
PP: The Psalmist in Psalm 139:13 reminds us
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
The Apostle Paul agreed when he wrote:
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth… gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. (Acts 17:24ff)
And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17)
That we belong to Him
Know that we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
God saves us from our sin through faith in Jesus for a purpose… for His purpose… that we would belong to Him. Christian, you belong to God. Let that sink in for a moment.
- I know the IRS would disagree, but Christians are dependents of God.
God saves us from our sin through faith in Jesus for a purpose… for His purpose… that we would worship Him.
PP: The Apostle Peter agrees when he wrote:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
Because we belong to God we become His dependents. That means God will take care of us, it’s like He’s the shepherd and we are sheep in His pasture.
- Once again, God reminds us that we’re not part of just any religion,
- we’re in an intimate, personal relationship with the Almighty…
- like a shepherd to his sheep.
As our Great Shepherd, He cares for us every day till He calls us home. Remember how the Psalmist put it in Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want… Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Friends, we need to KNOW this God, the One who is God, who make us and to whom we belong. Do you know
Know the Lord?
PP: 5. Psalm 100:4a Enter His gates Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise!
Because it’s so important to what we do here on Sunday mornings, we’re told first to enter His gates and His courts.
- PP: That’s a reference to Israel’s Temple.
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Again, we are show the importance of actually coming to church to worship God on Sundays.
- The Psalmist adds it twice in 5 verses.
But here he adds another way to come to worship on Sunday.
- We come to worship with thanksgiving and praise.
That’s our attitude.
- You see in Jesus’ day and in the OT, on the way to the temple to worship God they would sing songs of thanksgiving and praise…
- I wonder, what do you sing in the car on your way to church on Sunday?
It’s a way to prepare our hearts to meet with God. And God must think it’s a great way because He repeats it.
- Psalm 100:4b Give thanks
PP: Give thanks to Him
The 6th thing we’re told to do when we come to church on Sunday to worship God is to give thanks. And God repeats it here because we’re so bad at giving thanks.
Pioneer Girls… what are some of the things you are thankful for?
There certainly are a lot of things to be thankful for. And there are many ways to show God and others that we’re thankful for something.
One way is with the use of what’s called a cornucopia. Pioneer Girls, do know what that is? Can you point to one in the room?
This is a Cornucopia. It’s sometimes called a Horn of Plenty. It’s often filled with fruit and vegetables that were harvested from a farm.
- It was used to show others how God has blessed them and how thankful they were to God for His abundant blessings.
We see pictures of them, even real ones, often during Thanksgiving.
As you can see, I have one here this morning. It’s filled with things that I thank God for.
PP: The Apostle Paul wrote: giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20)
Give thanks for everything, that means big things and little things.
What’s in this cornucopia are little things that I’m thankful for. And I want to share them with our Pioneer Girls.
- I also want you to know I’m very thankful that you come every Tuesday to Pioneer Girls to learn about Jesus.
Pioneer Girls, come up and take something and remember to give thanks to God.
- Psalm 100:4c Bless His name
PP: Bless His name!
The final thing our text tells us to do when we come to church on Sunday to worship God is to Bless His name.
According to Pastor and author John Piper, in the Bible when God blesses us it means He helps us, He strengthens and makes us in some way better off than they were before.
- But when we bless God He’s not helped or strengthened or made better off… because.. well, He’s God!
- It simply means we offer to God some expression of praise and thankfulness.
In a practical way, this means God’s name is to be praised, mentioned in a positive way, shouted even, when we gather to worship on Sunday.
Bless His name
PP: II. Psalm 100:5 Why we do it
For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.
Very briefly, I wish I had more time..
- The Psalmist ends with verse 5 that tells us why we should do the 7 things he mentioned in verse 1-4
- when we come to worship God on Sunday.
Psalm 100:5a He is always good
First, because God is always good.
- Everything God does is an expression of His goodness.
Pioneer Girls, what are some of the ways God is always good?
Because God is good, because everything God does is always good, no matter what we may be going through, God will always be good to us.
- Psalm 100:5b He is always loving
Second, because God is always loving.
God is love. And everything that God does is and expression of His everlasting love for you.
- PP: For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38–39)
Everything that God does in His relationship with us is always the loving thing to do.
- Psalm 100L 5c He is always faithful
Third, because God is always faithful.
God is always good, God is always loving, so we can be certain that God will always be faithful.
Pioneer Girls, what does it mean to be faithful?
- To be there, to help, to never break a promise, to keep your word.
The Apostle Paul writing to Timothy said this about God:
PP: If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. (2 Timothy 2:13)
God can do nothing that would deny, take away from who He is.
- God is faithful, He will always be faithful.
- Even when we’re not faithful, He will remain faithful, because it’s who He is.
Conclusion: Psalm 100 is an action Psalm.
- It’s something we are not just to read, or study.
- It’s something we are to live…
So, one questions as I close.
- Are you doing the 7 things we saw in Psalm 100 when you come to church on Sunday?