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Here I Am to Worship

Here I Am to Worship

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Published by Dan Boyce
An exploration on how Biblical worship answers the core questions of identity, loyalty, values and power.
An exploration on how Biblical worship answers the core questions of identity, loyalty, values and power.

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Published by: Dan Boyce on Sep 28, 2012
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Here I Am To Worship
(Genesis 6:9-9:28 excerpts)Introduction:As we work our way through these opening stories of the Bible, we have already encounteredthe five purposes of life. In chapter 1 we learn that we were created in the image of God andthe implications of this is unpacked in the following stories:We are created for fellowship (be fruitful and multiply)We are created for service (and rule over the other creatures)We are created for mission (subdue the earth)And we were created for WORSHIP:
 
The Eden story of chapter 2 describes a Temple scenario:
o
 
Source of the four rivers
o
 
The garden courtyard
o
 
Adam and Eve as caretakers of the courtyard where the Lord would come andwalk with them.
 
The first recorded act of the second generation is worship
 
The first recorded act of the line of Seth is, “At this time people began to call on the
name of the Lord.
 
The first descendant of Seth to have more recorded than whom their first son was andhow long they lived is Enoch of who it is said that he walked with God- a story that
emphasizes that we are created for God’s pleasure.
 And now we come to the flood story and we find that the first recorded act following thedisembarkation from the ark is an act of worship:8:18-20: So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife
and his sons’ wives.
All the animals and all the creatures thatmove along the ground and all the birds
everything that moveson the earth
came out of the ark, one kind after another.
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all theclean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.
The aftershocks or fallout from the choices made by Adam and Eve and Cain and his decedent’s
echoes down thorough history to our very time disrupting all that we experience. MartinMarty, a well-known and respected interpreter
of religion and culture today “suggests that the‘multi
-
cultures’ within
[our]
larger society are ‘products of response to
needs
in the late
modern world.’”
 He spells out four such needs:Identity
: This is need to answer the question, “who am I?”
 
 
Loyalty: This is the
need to spell out, “to whom do I belong?” Whom shall I trust?
 Values
: This is the need to answer the question, “by what shall I live?” What do I pass
on to my children? What would I like to see prevail in respect to the true, the beautiful,and the good?Power
: This is the need to answer the question, “how can I protect myself? Or, “howcan I make my way over against others?” How do I throw off the oppressor and how
can I be free?This ends up being a list of some of the deepest human yearnings and in attempting to answerthese yearnings we find ourselves turning in many directions and attaching ourselves to variousgroups, movements or philosophies of life. The Story presented to us in the Bible has alreadyshown us that there are two possible paths for us to tread in our quest to answer suchquestions.
Our ‘own’ way!
 
God’s way!
 
WE recommend today, AGAIN, God’s way
. And that begins with ACKNOWLEDGING God whichis to say it is the to WORSHIP God. So I invite you to consider with me how in worship we canfind true answers to these questions, these yearnings of our heart.1.
 
Identity: Who am I?a.
 
We know ourselves by our interaction with others around us. Someonequestioned that statement observing how others can give us a very poor answerto our identity. My point exactly! But the answer is not to try and reconfigure
ourselves from within. We can’t do that without the help of others. And thus
the proliferation of sub-
cultures! Jesus’ answer to the woman at the well points
us
in the true direction here…
b.
 
The beloved of God! Noah didn’t offer his sacrifices out of fear or to meet some
need in God. His sacrifice is an act of love in response to this God who preservedour lives despite ourselves! 8:21c.
 
Worship is the conscious and deliberate choice that our identity can be foundbest by making the God the focus of our existence. Psalm 40d.
 
The story of the Scottish nobleman and peasant.2.
 
Loyalty: To whom do I belong? Whom shall I trust?a.
 
By the 7
th
 
generation of Cain’s
descendants trust had become a real issue! In
fact Cain already knew that as he left the presence of God he couldn’t trust
anybody! Is this why he or his son, Enoch, began to build cities?b.
 
The deep yearning that is being expressed in the question of loyalty is one of intimacy! Connection, belonging. The sexual confusion of our western latemodern or postmodern world is nothing less than the symptom of howprofoundly our world and its answers to this need miss the mark.

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