The Story of Worship

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

“ THE STORY OF WORSHIP”
SUBMITTED TO DR. LAVON L. GRAY
IN PARTIAL FULFULLMENT
OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE
WORSHIP
510

BY
TERESA L. DAVIDSON

ELY, IOWA
March 13, 2013

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION…………………………………………3

I.) OLD TESTAMENT PRINCIPLES FOR WORSHIP

Creation………………………………………………4

Three Worship Wars…………………………………4

Patriarchs…………………………………………….6

Books of History……………………………………..9

Three Kings…………………………………………..9

II.) NEW TESTAMENT PRINCIPLES FOR WORSHIP

Christ’s example……………………………………12

The Early Church…………………………………...14

Revelation…………………………………………...15

III.) PRINCIPLES LEARNED ABOUT WORSHIP FROM THE PSALMS………………………………………………….16

APPENDIX (Words for Study)…………………………...20

BIBLIOGRAPHY…………………….…………………..22

INTRODUCTION

We were created for worship. From the moment God breathed life into man, he was meant to worship God. We are each born with the innate desire to worship. If we are not worshiping God, we are worshiping something else. God desires our worship for Himself. This desire is plain to see from Genesis to Revelation in the Bible. In the Garden of Eden, God showed His desire for a relationship with man. Even after man’s fall into sin and death, God continued to demonstrate His desire to dwell with man through stories of the patriarchs. He gave us lessons in worship through three kings: Saul, David and Solomon. In Psalms and Proverbs, God provided us with songs and wisdom to teach us how to build a relationship with Him. Idolatry has been a problem with men since the beginning of time. The prophets spoke directly to that problem in ways we can use even today. After four hundred years of silence from God, He sent His only Son into the world. Jesus Christ, the introducer of the New Covenant as the fulfillment of worship. He was and is our ultimate example of worship, and His lessons are recorded in Scripture. God provided examples of every day men and women in worship in the New Testament, not only with the fishermen, tax collectors and prostitutes, but also with the leaders in the early church. After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, God sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in each of us, inspiring and leading us to worship. In Revelation, God reveals His final plan, with us worshiping Him perfectly for all eternity.

This three part study will show principles that God has revealed to us through Scripture about worshiping Him, from the beginning of the Old Testament to the end of the New Testament, including the Psalms. OLD TESTAMENT PRINCIPLES FOR WORSHIP

(Lesson One)
I.) Creation: In Genesis 1, God created man in His image. What does this mean? The Bible is silent on exactly what this looks like. Obviously, man is not like God in His wisdom, power, omnipresence, etc. Being created in His image implies that man was created with the ability to understand and choose to listen to the voice of God. The first humans were also created without sin. No temples built of stone, systems of sacrifice or High Priests were needed in their worship practice. God dwelt with them in the garden. It wasn’t until the fall of man into sin and death that sacrifices were needed at all. Through creation, God began to reveal Himself to man. Through this revelation, man came to know God. As man knows God more, he worships Him more. In the story of creation, God revealed His power, His person, His presence and His plan. We learn that God created out of nothing. He simply spoke. How powerful is that! Our only response to His power should be to fall down and worship Him. He wants this. He created us to have a relationship with us. And at first, worship was perfect. II.) Worship Wars: Genesis 3-4 introduces us to potential conflicts in worship through “worship wars.” First, we find a war between God and Satan. Satan did not want to be submissive to God. He wanted to be equal to God. Many people are like this today. We don’t want...
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