A Pattern for Worship

King Hezekiah led the nation of Israel in a time of repentance and renewal of their service to God.

II Chronicles 30:13-23

 Now many people, a very great assembly, gathered at Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month. 14 They arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and they took away all the incense altars and cast them into the Brook Kidron. 15 Then they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought the burnt offerings to the house of the Lord. 16 They stood in their place according to their custom, according to the Law of Moses the man of God; the priests sprinkled the blood received from the hand of the Levites. 17 For there were many in the assembly who had not sanctified themselves; therefore the Levites had charge of the slaughter of the Passover lambs for everyone who was not clean, to sanctify them to the Lord. 18 For a multitude of the people, many from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord provide atonement for everyone 19 who prepares his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers, though he is not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.” 20 And the Lord listened to Hezekiah and healed the people.

21 So the children of Israel who were present at Jerusalem kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with great gladness; and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing to the Lord, accompanied by loud instruments. 22 And Hezekiah gave encouragement to all the Levites who taught the good knowledge of the Lord; and they ate throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings and making confession to the Lord God of their fathers.

23 Then the whole assembly agreed to keep the feast another seven days, and they kept it another seven days with gladness.

I.  Repentance

We are either drawing closer to God, or moving away from God.  The first step in repentance is to change our direction of spiritual travel.  We must turn back to God.  In turning back to God, we naturally turn away from that which is ungodly.  Repentance is a continuing process of cleansing from sin as we grow in our ability to recognize what is godly and what is ungodly.  The first thing that must be changed is our recognition that there is no other God.  We must turn to God with our whole heart.  Repentance continues as we renew our commitment to follow the Lord with all of our hearts.

II.  Sought The Lord

God is most concerned with our hearts.  If we have turned to Him in repentance and faith He will be pleased with us.  The letter of the law has it’s place, but God is far more concerned with the attitude of our hearts, than with the outward compliance to the letter of the law.

III.  Praised The Lord

They praised the Lord with loud instruments.  If you think that our music is too loud, you should know that we are following a biblical precedent:)  What is most important is not the volume, the style, the instruments, or the skill of the musicians.  What is most important is that we are responding to the Lord with praise.  God is worthy of our praise.  Do not focus on what you like or do not like about worship, focus on the God who is worthy of your worship.

IV.  Taught The Knowledge Of The Lord

At this gathering of the people of God, they were taught the Word.  It is important to continue to grow in our knowledge of the things of God.  We will never know all that there is to know.  At our church, we have Sunday morning worship, Sunday School for all ages, and Wednesday night Bible studies.  Each of these events are an opportunity to continue to grow in our knowledge of the Lord and His Word.  I would encourage you to participate in as many of these events as possible.

V.  Repeat: With Gladness

This celebration went on for seven days.  It was going so well that they continued for another seven days.  The event was marked with great gladness.  As Christians, our worship should be times of joy and gladness.  We have reason to celebrate!  God loves us!  God will help us!  We have victory in Jesus!  There is much to celebrate!!

The pattern of repentance, seeking God, praising the Lord, and being taught, with gladness, is a pattern that can be repeated over and over.  It is a good pattern for each and every time that the people of God gather together to worship.

These are the sermon notes from the message preached on 3/1/15.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them. 

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