12th February 2016
"Oh sing to the Lord a new song sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory amount the nations, his marvellous works amoung all the peoples! For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods." Psalm 94:1-6
I recently heard Church leader and author John Piper say, ’in worship, indeed in life, there is no greater foundation than Great is the Lord, and therefore greatly to be praised! We should be trying to figure out in our lives and in our worship, whether alone or in the crowd, what it means to Praise Him greatly!’
Worship has many definitions. The one I personally lean on the most is Matt Redman’s description which says that ‘worship is a response to revelation.’
As with any relationship, you cant love someone if you don't know them and one of the great encouragements in the Bible is for us to explore and seek our God. Infact, it is to the glory of kings to investigate such matters [such as] to search out the Lord (Proverbs 25:2). Oh the pleasure, the wisdom and the joy in knowing that the greatness of God is to be found, sought out, understood, cherished and loved. It cannot do anything but bless you, and as you seek Him it honours the Lord.
As we know more, as we see more and as the greatness of God is revealed in our hearts and minds, our response to Him changes. As our understanding grows and matures,our response becomes more genuine, more authentic, more honouring, more courageous and more passionate. Our praise of Him becomes greater!
Therefore, revelation of Him must lead to response. As we see Him, it is only right that we worship.
So, are our souls singing - He is great and therefore greatly to be praised? When we gather together on Sundays, or in groups, and as you spend time with Him during the week - ask God to reveal his greatness to you. Purposefully engage with songs, preaching, prayers and discussions that describes who God is and let the truth focus and shape your thinking.
Let’s allow our understanding and pursuit of God, to feed our expression of God so that we forever declare ‘You are greatly to be praised!’