A Certain Sound Pt 2 – Ps Kerrin Wallis [20/01/2019 AM]
Sounds of our life
Psalm 100:1-5 (NKJV)
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
Last week Kerrin asked two questions:
What sound does your life make?
- The scripture tells us that we all make a sound.
- There are certain sounds we should make.
- Machines make a good sound when they are working well, but if something is not working well it makes a wrong sound.
- What is the sound of your whole life?
- Is it joyful? Good attitudes and conversations leads to people seeing joy and gladness in our lives.
What sound does our service make?
- What is the sound of our service? De we serve with gladness?
- 2 Cor 9 says we need to give with a cheerful heart
- We represent God so therefore should make a joyful sound.
This week Kerrin asks:
1. What sound do we approach His presence with?
- Come before His presence with singing.
- Other religions inflict pain on themselves to try to get the attention of God.
- We don’t need to beg, plead, grovel, state wants and needs, expect a get out of jail free card, out of obligation, religious duty, task, frequently seek our own agenda.
- Psalm 100 says come with singing –triumphant victory.
- Relationships and perceptions govern how you come into their presence.
- We have our friends who we feel we can raid their fridge and eat their food.
- There is a documentary where a Scottish Doctor met the powerful dictator Idi Amin. The doctor liked Idi Amin at the start, but when he got to realise how dangerous the man was he became very afraid of him.
- Your knowledge of a person determines how your approach them.
- See God differently, not just knowledge about Him, but really knowing Him determines how you praise with singing, joyful, triumphant.
- Vs 3 Know that the Lord, He is God.
- He made us. He gave us everything.
- We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. He has saved us. Know we are His people. He conquered the grave for us.
- Understand the facts. Enter His presence.
- Make a joyful noise. Turn our eyes on Him. Get excited.
- We are forgiven and saved. Come into Church nready to praise God. The gate is praise, joy.
- Enter His praises with singing.
- Kerrin loves the worship song 100 million ways – Hillsong.
- Worship Him. His presence is available.
- Get out of darkness with praise. Sit down and thank Him for a while.
2. How do we approach His place?
- Vs 1-4 His gates and His courts are a place.
- When people don’t love the place they are in, they can become complaining and miserable people. They tend to know how to praise but don’t know the place they are in is worthy of praise.
- You are required by God to be where you are. Praise God in it.
- Have a great attitude. Don’t be average. Some days are better than others, but we can still praise God.
- Know what God has done for you. Have an eternal perspective.
- Be thankful. Praise Him in the place where you are.
- We go through life and seasons, but can enter those places with negativity. Praise God where you are.
- Jacob (name means supplanter, trickster). His brother Esau wanted to kill him so he left Beersheba (vs 10).
Genesis 28:10-22 (NLT) – Jacob’s Dream at Bethel
10 Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and travelled toward Haran. 11 At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. 12 As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway.
13 At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. 14 Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. 15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”
16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” 17 But he was also afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!”
18 The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it. 19 He named that place Bethel (which means “house of God”), although it was previously called Luz.
20 Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, 21 and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will certainly be my God. 22 And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.”
- Vs 16 ‘Surely the Lord is in this place’. This is the gateway.
- Don’t let tough times ruin you. God is in the place where you are.
- Jacob praised and worshipped God in this place.
- Praise needs to be a natural response to our position in this world.
- God has put you there. Represent God where you are. People should hear gladness and joy and a thankful heart from you.
- Praise with sounds of good, victory and joy.
Psalm 69:1-3 (NLT)
1 Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck.
2 Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold.
I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me.
3 I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched.
My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me.
- David was in trouble, but in vs 30-34 he was praising God.
30 Then I will praise God’s name with singing,
and I will honour him with thanksgiving.
31 For this will please the Lord more than sacrificing cattle,
more than presenting a bull with its horns and hooves.
32 The humble will see their God at work and be glad.
Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.
33 For the Lord hears the cries of the needy;
he does not despise his imprisoned people.
34 Praise him, O heaven and earth,
the seas and all that move in them.
- Begin with a challenge, but end with praise.
- Talk it out with God, but move into praise.
- Pastor Steve Penny ‘s son died of cancer, his wife has cancer, now Steve had a heart attack and has been diagnosed with blood cancer. He is still able to praise God in his struggle.
- Steve says that it’s not the trial you are in, but the trail you are on.
- Kerrin’s friend James’ wife died of a brain aneurism next to him in bed. He got through a very trying time by going to his church late at night and singing praises and worshiping God until peace came to him.
- You need to acknowledge our struggles.
- Kerrin has a saying that you can make a mistake 2 times out of 10, just not 10 times out of 10.
- Our song needs to be one of joy and gladness. There is power in praising God.
- Talk about it your problems, but just a few times – not 10.
- Look forward with a joyful and triumphant praise to God.
Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV)
10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
- The Joy of the Lord is your strength.
Isaiah 61:3 (NKJV)
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
Isaiah 61:3 (NIV)
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendour.
- Chase grief and sorrow away with praise.
- Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
Suggestions for Discussion Questions
- Discuss the difference between knowing about God and really knowing Him.
- Do you know how to love the place you are in?
- How do you represent God in your place?