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									Hallelujah
 Psalm 113
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• Question: What is on our minds as we
  come to church on Sundays?
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• Do we have this word written on our
  hearts as come to meet God:


    Worship
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• Let’s think about “worship”.
  – The “worship” team leads worship.
  – A Sunday morning at church is called
    “worship service”, or “service” in short.
  – What do we do during a service?

                                  And more…
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• What is at the heart of all that we
  do on any given Sunday morning?

        Worship = Worth + ship
   “Give back to God His due worth”

          BUT HOW???????
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• Summing up in the title for the
  message:
            ‫ַל י‬
          ‫ה ְלּו-ָּה‬
         Hallelu jah
     “Praise Yahweh(the LORD)”
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• Nearly a third of the passages on praising
  the LORD occurs in Psalms.
• A majority of the passages are imperative
  summons to praise.
• The word is used in the mouths of those
  going to charismatic churches.

                BUT...
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• What exactly is the significance of
  this profound word in the context of
  worship – four aspects:
              N. A. M. E.

     Name                          Empowerment
             Attribute   Modesty
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• One, we PRAISE THE NAME OF THE
  LORD in worship (vv. 1-3).
• Question: does the LORD have a name – or
  names? Possible examples:
  –   Yahweh Jireh (Gen. 22:14)
  –   Yahweh Nissi (Exod. 17:15-16)
  –   Yahweh Rofeka (Exod. 15:22-26)
  –   Yaweh Shalom (Judg. 6:24)
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• Yet when Moses asked about the name of God, he
  received this answer (Exod. 3:14):

               I AM THAT I AM …
            I AM has sent me to you ...

• Practically, God said to him, “My Name is not the
  point!” We may need names, BUT NOT GOD. We
  can only DESCRIBE what He does in history.
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• So, what does it mean to “praise the Name of the
  LORD” in worship?

 We proclaim the deeds of the LORD through ALL
                  THAT WE DO!!

• The moment we enter the sanctuary, we are
  telling others what God does. Examples? Healing,
  words of encouragement, …
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• So, who are we do the praising? “Praise, O
  servants of the LORD” (v. 1)

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,
 A holy nation, His own special people, that you may
       proclaim the praises of … (1Pet. 2:9-10)


                  That is us!!!
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• Do we have choice NOT to praise the LORD in worship – and
  in daily living? NOT A CHANCE!!

           From this time forth and forevermore!
           From the rising of the sun … (vv. 2-3)

• This means that we MUST ALWAYS BE SENSITIVE
  towards the LORD because WE CANNOT STOP!! Example:
  tuning into the right radio channel.

  LET’S GET TUNED IN TO PRAISE THE LORD ALWAYS!!
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• Two, we PRAISE THE ATTRIBUTES OF THE
  LORD in worship (v. 3), i.e., WHO HE IS AND
  WHAT HE DOES. Example, creation:




• These are all creations of the LORD – and we see
  them EVERYDAY AND EVERYWHERE in our lives!
  This is “omnipotence”, meaning He is all-powerful!
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           “From the rising of the sun to …” (v. 3):
                “Worship is messy” – Rodney

• Do you know that
   – There are 6,912 known living languages in the world?
   – China has over 56 ethnic groups; Africa, several thousand?
• On ANY SUNDAY MORNING – in different time zones –
  “the servants of the LORD” praise in different languages.
  Messy? Yes, but wonderful.
• Oasis is a living demonstration of such wonder.
  demonstration.: Jn. 3:16 in Chinese, Taiwanese, Cantonese,
  English, Afrikaans, German, and Hebrew Separately and
  altogether!!!
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• We serve the LORD OF OMNIPOTENCE AND
  DIVERSITY!! His unlimited creativity allows us to
  APPRECIATE His wonder and greatness!!!
• Meanwhile, we witness amazing unity in all the
  diversity, through creation, nations, languages –
  and US!!!

THE LORD IS GREAT. LET’S PRAISE HIM IN OUR
               DIFFERENCES!!!
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• Three, we PRAISE THE MODESTY OF
  THE LORD in worship – or HUMILITY (vv.
  4-6).
• Question: humanly speaking, is greatness,
  glory compatible with modesty, humility?
  Examples: Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon,
  Roman Caesars, Hitler, Mussolini, Eastman
  Kodak, Howard Hughes, …
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• Yet this is the LORD we praise:
             Glory (vv. 4, 5);
                     +                      LORD
          Modesty/Humility (v. 6)

• The question “Who is like the LORD our God” is
  really rhetorical, because the descriptions clearly
  say “No”:
             Who dwells on high (v. 5b)
                          Vs
      Who humbles Himself to behold … (v. 6)
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• We often praise more on the greatness/glory of
  the LORD – but modesty??
• His modesty speaks of HIS DETAILED CARE,
  “the things that are in the heaven …” (v. 6):
  nothing can get away from His loving care. Right?

“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
   How great is the sum of them…” (Ps. 139:17-18)
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• Yet the ultimate modesty/humility of the LORD is
  culminated in Jesus



• What is a manger like? In a nutshell, “It stinks!”
  But that is where Jesus was born!!

THE LORD IS MODEST/HUMBLE. LET US PRAISE
     HIM FOR HIS DETAILED, LOVING CARE!!
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• Four, we PRAISE THE EMPOWERMENT
  OF THE LORD in worship (vv. 7-9).
• The movie Pretty Woman. A prostitute
  was turned into an elegant lady.
• God’s care for the poor and needy is a
  prominent them in Psalms (e.g. Ps. 9:18,
  72:12). But…
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• His way of helping them is very
  different – HE DOES NOT LET
  THEM REMAIN IN NEED.
                 Poor and needy             Barren woman

   Raise (v. 7)

                             Seat (v. 8b)
   Lift (v. 8)
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• Note two things:
   – It is NOT OF ONE’S OWN EFFORT.
   – They need to GRANTED THE PRIVILEGE.
• Does this ring the bell? We are able to praise the
  LORD in worship because
   – He DRAWS US OUT FIRST (Eph. 2:8-9)!!
   – He EMPOWERS US WITH THE PRIVILEGE (Jn. 1:12)!!!
• Again, do have the right not to praise? No!!!

  THE LORD HAS DONE IT ALL, LET US PRAISE
   HIM FOR THE NEW IDENTITY IN WORSHIP.
Hallelujah



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