June 7, 2017 (H2BEC: Worship 2)

What do we dream of accomplishing one day?

What gives us a sense of wonder or excitement?

How would you react if you met an athlete or movie star that you admire?

That feeling that you get is called awe.

Real beauty vs false beauty (Real worship vs false worship)

Awe—a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder

We can have awe for anything from our dream car to meeting a famous person to buying something we have always wanted.

Awe of those things is not necessarily bad, but ultimately created things should point us back to the Creator.

Hebrews 12:28- Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe

Tonight, we will look at two accounts in scripture where someone was filled with awe.

Exodus 3:1-6

Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the [a]west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of [b]a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, “[c]I must turn aside now and see this [d]marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said also, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

How do we see Moses showing awe to God?

·         He turned aside to see this marvelous sight

o   Awe of something can remove us from our original path

·         He listened to the voice and direction of God

o   Awe can make us more attentive to what God is saying

·         He hid his face because he was afraid to look at God.

o   Awe gives us a healthy fear of God and His holiness

·         Having fear of God is not the same thing as having a fear of snakes or heights.
Fear is defined as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
These are not ways that we should feel when we are in the presence of God.


·         “Fear of God” or “Fear of the Lord”

o   These phrases mean different things for believers and unbelievers

o   For Believers

§  There is the convergence of awe, reverence, adoration, honor, worship, confidence, thankfulness, love, and, yes, fear."

o   For unbelievers:

§  Judgment, awareness of sin and the weight of that, terrified, etc.

Isaiah 6:1-7

·         Isaiah has a vision:

o    God is sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted.

§  This is an indication that God is above us. The throne is showing that God is sovereign over all of creation. The height of his throne shows that He is holy, and is the epitome of righteousness. The fullness of His robe showed his majesty, greater than any king that has ever existed or ever will.

o   Seraphim stood above Him

§  6 wings: 2 covered their feet and face while they flew with the other two

·         They dared not gaze directly at God’s glory. Two covered their feet, acknowledging their lowliness even though engaged in divine service.

o   They spoke out: “Holy Holy Holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.”
When something is repeated in scripture it points to the significance of the statement. When Jesus would say “truly, truly” it was him basically saying, pay attention to what I’m about to say. So, them saying holy three times indicates with force and passion the truth of the supreme holiness of God, that essential characteristic which expresses His awesome and majestic nature.

o   Woe is me!

§  Isaiah is now aware of his sin. In the presence of God, he is terrified because he is a sinful man.

o   Your sin is forgiven!

§  One of the seraphim touched his lips with a hot coal, thus purifying him for service to God.

·         The response of Isaiah is an indication of what our experience should look like when we come into the presence of God. Real worship is not about looking around, talking to people or looking at our phones. It brings us to a point of repentance and puts us in the right position as a created being, created by God himself. We give our praise back to Him for what He has done for us.



 

Conclusion:

When we have awe of something, whether it be nature, a car, a dream, or even another person, ultimately that awe should be directed to the Creator and not the created. Our worship is intimate, it celebrates the beauty and majesty of God, and gives us the opportunity to encounter God. We can do something that no other created being or created thing can do, worship our creator.

Surrounded by You glory

What will my heart feel

Will I dance for you Jesus

Or in awe of You be still

Will I stand in your presence

Or to my knees will I fall

Will I sing hallelujah

Will I be able to speak at all

I can only imagine

I can only imagine

 

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