Worship Is... Message Series

WORSHIP IS…
Part 2 – Being Prepared
2 Chronicles 29:1-11

November 19, 2023
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

INTRODUCTION

A. John 4:23-24  But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

To worship in spirit and truth isn’t so much about where we worship, the style of music we sing, or that it is singing at all.  What actually matters is that we worship God in spirit – meaning from our heart.   God wants our worship to come from inside of us – from our spirit to His Spirit, from our heart to His Heart.  And we are to worship in Truth – the Truth about Who God is – He is worthy of our praise because of His Nature – His Power, Glory, Goodness, and Holiness. True worship comes by surrendering ourselves to a Holy God.

B. 2 Chronicles 29:3-5  In the first year of Hezekiah’s reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them.  4 Then he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them in the East Square,  5 and said to them: “Hear me, Levites! Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place.”

1. WORSHIP INVOLVES personal preparation.  (2 Chronicles 29:5)

A. 2 Chronicles 29:5  Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place.

B. The New Testament says that we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit of God.  The word sanctify means to get the garbage out and set apart our heart for God.

Psalm 24:3-5  Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?  And who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive a blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

C. Before you arrive, get your heart right with your family members and others.

Matthew 6:20-25  Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.

D. Before you arrive, spend some time getting your heart prepared.

E. Before you arrive, pray for those leading the service and ask the Lord to reveal something to you today.

2. PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP REQUIRES REMEMBERING YOUR AUDIENCE.

A. “The unspoken but increasingly common assumption of today’s Christianity is that worship is primarily for us to meet our needs.  Such worship services are entertainment focused, and the worshippers are uncommitted spectators who are silently grading the performance.  Taken to the nth degree, this philosophy instills a tragic self-centeredness.  That is, everything is judged by how it affects man.”  (Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois)

B. Colossians 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

C. The difference between a Sunday morning spectator and a Sunday morning worshipper is that a spectator critiques and a worshipper is changed.

Psalm 101:1  I will sing of mercy and justice: To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.

D. Psalm 115:1  Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us.  But to Your Name give glory because of Your mercy.  Because of Your truth.

E. 1 Chronicles 16:29  Give to the LORD the Glory due His Name; bring an offering and come before Him.  Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

F. We will never experience life-changing worship as spectators.  We will only encounter God when we come prepared, and we recognize that God is the audience, and we are the worshippers.

G. 2 Chronicles 29:11  My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and that you should minister to Him…