July 14, 2019
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There is a growing phenomenon in evangelical corporate worship that seeks to glorify the individual’s worthiness and significance more than the greatness of God’s character and deeds. We spend more time familiarizing and amusing ourselves with superficial antidotes and less time digging deep into the Scriptures to know Jesus Christ. The result is alarming, as we find more and more believers incompetent to handle the cruelty and challenges of life. Unfortunately, the solution focuses more on an intense desire for an experience or an emotional feeling than for truth. We have too many believers who are “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine” (Eph. 4:14) because “they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions (2 Tim. 4:3). No wonder Jesus questioned, “Will He find faith on earth?” (Lk. 18:8) when He returns.
Countering this growing trend, the Psalmist draws attention to the overwhelming greatness and splendor of God and our response. He masterfully identifies the reasons why we ought to be exclusively worshipping Jesus Christ. The writer, in dramatic fashion, develops precise results to those willing to go deeper in knowing their great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13).
I. Demands praise from the believer – Psalm 135:1-4
II. Defines prominence of God’s character and action – Psalm 135:5-18
III. Demonstrates passion from the believer – Psalm 135:19-21
1. Profound knowledge of God leads to weightier prayer – 2 Chron. 20:5-12
2. Comprehension of God’s providence leads to splendor in worship – 20:15-19
3. Experience of God’s magnificence opens the door to evangelism – 20:29