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One little boy's definition of Father's Day went like this, "Well, it's just like Mother's Day only you don't spend so much."
Well we fathers can concede that.
Someone said, "A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be."
And the phone company tells us that calls on Father's Day are not as high in number as calls on Mother's Day and most of them are collect.
(execerpted from MacArthur, John)
Many of us have been blessed by godly, loving earthly fathers.
Some of us have had imperfect fathers, and some of us had no earthly father for reasons beyond our control.
But regardless of the circumstances of your earthly family, each of have something in common, a deeper connection to one another, we have a Heavenly Father who loves us profoundly…so much so that he sent His only begotten son, Jesus, to die in our place of punishment for the forgiveness of sins against His Holy Being and His Holy Word.
And so it seems fitting on this Father’s Day that we would Honor him in this worship service.
And to do this, to truly honor The Father, we must look to these scriptures to guide us and instruct us.
Do you recall the word of Jesus in John 4:23 (ESV) — 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
The greatest way to honor God the Father, is to worship Him rightly, in Spirit and in Truth!
So please turn with me to Psalm 103, Psalm 103 - A Psalm of David.
Say Word when you get there!
Did you know Psalm 103 is part of duet of Psalms, the second being Psalm 104.
Together they form a pair of praise psalms.
As one writer put it, “In the galaxy of the Psalter these are twin stars of the first magnitude.”3
Another Said, Psalm 103 is “one of the finest blossoms on the tree of biblical faith” (A.
For you and me, this Psalm is “key” to unlocking the right attitudes and right actions of worship.
My prayer for you today is that this passage will renew your mind and kindle afresh intimate worship with your Heavenly Father.
So the question before us today and the title of this sermon is “How do you Honor the Father in Worship”?
From Psalm 103, David provides us 5 critical steps in building a foundation to honor rather than dishonor God the Father in our worship.
They are as follows:
1)Commence Worship by Blessing the Father (Psalm 103:1) Personal praise
2)Cease from Forgetting the Father’s Benefits (Psalm 103:2-5) Personal Praise
3)Comprehend the Limits of the Father’s Anger (Psalm 103:6-12) National Praise
4)Consider the Father’s Compassion (Psalm 103:13-18) National Praise
5)Continue in Worship by Obeying the Father’s Word (Psalm 103:19-22) Universal Praise
Let’s begin by looking with me at verse one:
I.Commence Worship by Blessing the Father (Psalm 103:1)
Psalm 103:1 (ESV) — 1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
This psalm begins with a most amazing word Bless.
Circle or underline this word!
It is used 7 times in this psalm.
Verse 1, Verse 2, Verse 20, Verse 21, Verse 22. Every use but one is a command.
And since it is a command, it is an act of our will.
Therefore worship cannot begin until you and I, by the act of our will, take action to worship.
It is not passive, but active!
But what does it mean to bless?
After a thorough study of this word bless in the Old Testament, there are three meanings wrapped into one word:
First, it means to praise, to acknowledge His Word, His Character, His Deeds, for example
Second, it means to adore, being affectionate, to love, do you recall
Third, it means to exalt, to yield in submission to Him
This is how we bless our God – by praising, adoring, and exalting!
Not only is worship an act of our will, but it engages our complete being.
David writes, “O my soul, and all that is within me”
Your soul is your true person, it is your spirit, and all that is within me is not referring merely to your organs, but referring to your complete material being.
I think Deuteronomy 6:5 expresses this best:
5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
God Honoring Worship therefore cannot be compartmentalized.
We cannot come to worship knowing there are areas of our life not in submission to Him.
We should not dare to enter worship without being full engaged with Him, undistracted.
We have to rightly align our thinking and our lives to honor God in worship because He is Worthy.
And that’s why the Psalmist directs us to Bless is Holy Name
This word encapsulates all His glorious attributes: Of all the words in the Bible used to describe God, none is repeated like the word Holy!
In the Old Testament - Isaiah 6:3 (ESV) — 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
In the New Testament - Revelation 4:8 (ESV) — 8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
His Holy Name captures the idea that God is awesomely different from anything or anyone else;
So do you have this vision like this Psalmist!
For there is no greater act and no greater expression when we, believers, commence Worship by blessing the Father!
For the Psalmist, His only object of Worship is God!
A point of personal application: Did you notice the Psalmist is not mentioning his wants and his needs first?
Therefore, if your prayer time begins by asking God to bless you, let’s turn that ship around, and begin by you blessing God!
So how do we bless God? Look with me at verse 2, and examine our second point “Cease from forgetting the Father’s Benefits”
II.Cease from Forgetting the Father’s Benefits (inward life) (Psalm 103:2-5)
Read with me verse 2-5
Psalm 103:2–5 (ESV) — 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Wouldn’t you agree with me, that in the “busy”-ness of life, in the many blessings of life it is so easy to forget God’s kindness toward us?
All of us fall into seasons of forgetfulness.
Do you remember Hezekiah who was so sick, he was going to die.
And then Hezekiah wept and prayed to God.
God answered his prayer, gave 15 years of life, and protected him from his enemies and what did Hezekiah do with those blessings…
2 Chronicles 32:25 (ESV) — 25 But Hezekiah did not make return according to the benefit done to him, for his heart was proud.
Therefore wrath came upon him and Judah and Jerusalem.
We have to remind each other to count our blessings just as Moses reminded Israel in Deuteronomy 6:12 (ESV) — 12 … take care lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
Did Israel later forget their God!
Indeed they did, and judgment and heartache followed.
And that’s why verse 2 is here, so we would not forget.
David moves us to bless the Lord, Bless His holy Name and Blessing Him for His Benefits, for His Great and Amazing Accomplishments!
I don’t know about you but when I think of the benefits of God it is too easy get caught up and focus on the material blessings in our life.
No other time in history, especially in this country, are there so many material distractions!
But the Psalmist directs us from that which is temporary and fading, to that which is eternal, permanent, significant, and unfading.
From the works of our hands, to the works of His hands!
This is crucial for you and I to honor the Father in Worship.
There are five benefits that should never be forgotten!
So look at verses 3 through 5 and underline the word “who”!
God is the one “who” provides these benefits!