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Shofar Christian Church

A Worshipper

INTRODUCTION
John 4: 23 - 24
23
  But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking
such to worship Him.
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  God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
 
Johannes 4: 23 & 24
23
  Maar daar kom ‘n uur, en dit is nou, wanneer die ware aanbidders die Vader in gees en waarheid sal aanbid; want die Vader
soek ook mense wat Hom só aanbid.
24
  God is Gees; en die wat Hom aanbid, moet in gees en waarheid aanbid.
 
1. PRAISE  
Definition
‘To commend the merits of God, to glorify Him and to extol the attributes of God’.
Praise is always active and demonstrative involving movements and action e.g: shouting, singing, kneeling, dancing
clapping, leaping, playing of musical instruments.
 
“Praise almost seems to be inner health made audible.” CS Lewis: ‘Reflections on the Psalms’
 
Psalm 22: 23 & 25
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  You who fear the LORD, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!
25
  My praise shall be of You in the great assembly; I will pay My vows before those who fear Him.
 
Psalms 22:23 & 25
23
  Julle wat die HERE vrees, prys Hom! Al die nakomelinge van Jakob, vereer Hom! Ja, vrees Hom, al die nakomelinge van
Israel!
25
   Van U kom my lof in ‘n groot vergadering; ek sal my geloftes betaal in teenwoordigheid van die wat Hom vrees.
 
Hebrews 13: 15
15
  Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His
name.
 
Hebreërs 13: 15
15
  Laat ons dan gedurig deur Hom aan God ‘n lofoffer bring, dit is die vrug van die lippe wat sy Naam bely.
 
2.  THANKSGIVING  
Definition
Psalm 95: 2
2
   Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
 
Psalms 95: 2
2
   Laat ons sy aangesig tegemoetgaan met lof, met lofsange Hom toejuig!
 
Psalm 107: 1, 2,
1
   Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
2
   Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
 
Psalms 107: 1, 2,
1
   Loof die HERE, want Hy is goed, want sy goedertierenheid is tot in ewigheid!
2
   Dit moet die verlostes van die HERE seÌ‚, wat Hy uit die nood verlos het
 
Psalm 107: 21, 22
21
  Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men  
22
  Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing.
 
Psalms 107: 21, 22
21
  Laat hulle die HERE loof om sy goedertierenheid en om sy wonderdade aan die mensekinders;
22
  en laat hulle lofoffers bring en met gejubel sy werke vertel.
 
1 Peter 2: 9
9
   But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the
praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
 
1 Petrus 2: 9
9
   Maar julle is ‘n uitverkore geslag, ‘n koninklike priesterdom, ‘n heilige volk, ‘n volk as eiendom verkry, om te verkondig
die deugde van Hom wat julle uit die duisternis geroep het tot sy wonderbare lig,
 3.  WORSHIP
  Definition
‘Is an act or attitude of heart when we prostrate ourselves; bow down or fall down, making obeisance (hulde bring aan
God); furthermore it reflects our love, fear of God, adoration, awe and wonder towards Him’.
It is likened to ‘kissing the Hand of God’!
 
Psalm 95: 6 & 7
6
   Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
7
   For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice:
 
Psalms 95: 6 & 7
6
   Kom, laat ons aanbid en neerbuk; laat ons kniel voor die HERE wat ons gemaak het.
7
   Want Hy is onse God, en ons is die volk van sy weide en die skape van sy hand. Ag, as julle vandag maar na sy stem
wou luister! (John 4: 23 & 25)
 
SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES  
A WORSHIPPER OFFERS HIS SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES  
ACCEPTABLE TO GOD.
 
Psalm 27: 6
6
   And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His
tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.
 
Psalms 27: 6
6
   En nou sal my hoof hoog wees bo my vyande rondom my, en ek wil in sy tent offerandes offer saam met trompetgeklank;
ek wil sing, ja, psalmsing tot eer van die HERE.
 
Psalm 50: 14
14
  Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High.
 
Psalms 50: 14
14
  Offer dank aan God, en betaal jou geloftes aan die Allerhoogste;
 
Psalm 116: 17, 18, 19
17
  I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the LORD.
18
  I will pay my vows to the LORD Now in the presence of all His people,
19
  In the courts of the LORD's house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!
 
Psalms 116: 17, 18, 19
17
  Ek sal U ‘n offer van danksegging bring en die Naam van die HERE aanroep.
18
  Ek sal my geloftes aan die HERE betaal in die teenwoordigheid van sy ganse volk,
19
  in die voorhowe van die huis van die HERE, binne-in jou, o Jerusalem! Halleluja!
 
IT’S EFFECT ...
Acts 16: 25, 26
25
  Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
26
  Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the
doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed.
 
Handelinge 16: 25, 26
25
  En omtrent middernag het Paulus en Silas gebid en lofliedere tot eer van God gesing; en die gevangenes het na hulle
geluister.
26
  En skielik kom daar ‘n groot aardbewing, sodat die fondamente van die gevangenis geskud het. En onmiddellik het al
die deure oopgegaan en die boeie van almal het losgeraak.
 
1.  It glorifies God and releases His
 Power and Glory.
 
2.  It sets us free from our strongholds:
A. Sin.
B. Old wounds of past.
C. Lack of Divine Encounter.
D. Past church background.
E. Unbelief.
 
FINALLY
 
WHEN PRAISE, THANKSGIVING AND WORSHIP BECOME A LIFESTYLE AND PART OF OUR DAILY EXISTENCE, THEN
WE ARE TRUE WORSHIPPERS!

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