Pastor Kent 7 /2018

Worship Matters July 2018
Last month we saw that Judah was known as the praising tribe. We learned that the name Judah actually means praise. This month we will dive into why we should praise the Lord. There is no greater privilege that God has given us than to come into His presence with praise on our lips!
The first reason we are to praise God is because He has commanded us to. It is not that God has some egotistical problem that He feeds off of our praise. It is for us! When we praise Him, it brings us into proper relationship with the Lord. To grow in grace, we need a thankful and praising heart. Second, is that God is enthroned in our praise. He loves our praise and surrounds Himself with it. Third, there is power in praise. When we face spiritual warfare with praise the enemy has to flee. Praise also calls on our heavenly Father to fight for us! Fourth, we praise Him because it is the right thing to do. It is a good thing to do (Psalm 92:1). Fifth, is because He is more than worthy of our praise. Revelation 4:20 says, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Sixth and last, we were created to praise Him. Our purpose was and is to glorify the Lord God! I Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”
There is no doubt that we were created for praise! But it is something that we have forgotten. I leave you with a quote from A.W. Tozer. “The purpose of God sending His Son to die and live and be at the right hand of God the Father was that he might restore to us the missing jewel, the jewel of worship. That we might come back and learn to do again that which we were created to do in the first place, to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
Yours in Worship,
Pastor Kent Wilson