August 18, 2019
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We conclude our six-month undertaking in the worshipful book that invigorated our heart and passion for Jesus Christ. The Psalms began with six verses describing the value of delighting in the word of God and ended with six verses describing the delight in the worship of God. It started with the warning to the wicked and ended with the embrace of universal worship. It began by stating what to avoid but ended with what to adore. In its beginning, it demonstrated the fruit of stability, while it ended with the fruit of solidarity. Each book division ended with a doxology (41:13; 72:18-19; 89:52; 106:48), but the last concluded with exalted praise.
In the final analysis, there is nothing more valuable and necessary than practicing the expressions of worshiping the great and glorious God with the right posture (Ps. 95:6) and with the proper preparation (Ps. 1:1-3; 24:3-4).
I. The direction: outward and upward – Psalm 150:1
II. The distinction: mighty and magnificent – Psalm 150:2
III. The demonstration: dynamic and joyful – Psalm 150:3-5
IV. The decree: universal and decisive – Psalm 150:6
1. The conditions for worship are not dependent on circumstances – Acts 8:4; 16:25
2. The continuation of worship is not debatable – Revelation 4:8; 5:8-10
3. The centrality of worship is not diverse – Revelation 4:11; 5:11-14