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Can I just welcome you here this morning?
My name is Pastor Mark and we are glad you have joined us here at Legacy Bible Church.
If you are a guest this morning we want to welcome you.
There are cards for you to fill out that will help us to be able to reach out to you.
There are some at the table that you come in and there are some in the fellowship area on the table that has everything going on.
We are in week 3 of our Come to Worship Series.
And the theme that has been the constant in this series is the idea that when we are in Christ we are all worshipers.
Being a follower of Jesus means being a worshiper.
Week one, we talked about worshiping God by the lifting of hands, raising our hands to God in surrender and in victory, remember that?
And what a powerful week that was.
Worshiping God with our bodies.
Last week we talked about bringing our gifts, where giving, tithing, honoring God with our money was another way to worship that Christians are called to, commanded to do.
We talked about the wise men who gave gifts to the Christ child and said that giving is an act of worshiping God, trusting God, even loving God.
Remember, we said Love equals giving.
This week we are going to talk about worshiping God in a different way.
This week we are going to talk about Pouring out our hearts to God.
Pouring out our hearts.
And for this aspect of worship we get down to what is very real, you really can’t fake it.
You can’t just go through the motions when you pour your heart to God.
It is very intimate.
You see on one hand, you can fake worship.
It’s actually easy to fake the kinds of worship that we have been talking about.
You can write a check and give regardless of whether your heart is involved or not, you can be guilted into giving, you can be tricked into giving.
The thing is that it’s easy to fake worship.
If we are going to be honest it is easy to raise you
You can physically raise your hands and not really have your heart involved.
Unless your heart, your heart of hearts is involved, or unless you have a true desire to worship, those things don’t have to be intimate.
If you have a true desire to worship then it is authentic.
This week we are talking about pouring out your heart to God and you really can’t fake that.
You really can’t\
Worship is based on a relationship and you can’t have a real close relationship unless you can pour out your heart.
And this is just a principle of life; Whether it is with a spouse, or any earthly relationship, if you can’t share your heart you can’t be that close.
Or I could say that you can only be as close to God as you are willing to give your heart.
If we want to look at biblical examples of pouring out your heart you don’t have to look any further than David in the Psalms.
Let me read for you
One of the lowest points of Davids life.
He was being hunted down and was hiding in a cave.
Notice what David says in verse 2, he says,
“I pour out my complaint”
David is down, he is low, he is at the bottom and doesn’t say, “God you are so good, God you are so wonderful, and mighty”
He says, God I have a complaint!
This is how I feel God.
He is saying “God, I have an issue.”
His complaint isn’t God, or something God did.
He is just hurting and he is sharing his heart with the closest friend he has, his God.
So he cries out to God.
And look what happens in verse 5
He says, God is my refuge.
David uses this same phrase in
Psalm 6
If you look at that word refuge and see where else it is used in scripture you might find some verses in the book of the law, the first 5 books of the old testament that there were cities that God commanded to be cities of refuge.
If someone killed someone accidentally, they would be able to find safety in one of these 6 cities of refuge.
Not blatant murderers, but people who accidentally killed someone else would be protected by the law in one of these cities.
It would be for them a safe place.
David is referring to God as his refuge, God as his safe place.
As a kid, did you ever had a safe place?
You know, that place where you feel safe, that place where no harm can come to you.
For some people they felt safe in their parents room.
At my house, when the kids were little and a loud boom of thunder happened, or when the lights would go out, you would hear the little feet running down the hall into our bedroom where three kids would dive into bed.
It was safe with mom and dad.
Sometimes its a person where if mom and dad are in the room the monsters can’t get to you.
The monster wont be in there if your mom or dad are in there.
I used to be scared of the dark as a kid.
I didn’t want to be in a dark room.
I remember leaving the light on and my parents coming in to turn it off and I would complain and turn it back on because I was scared of the dark… as a kid.
Unless, there was someone in there with me.
Didn’t matter who, as long as someone is in there with me I am okay.
We need to have a safe place.
And this is why we cry out to God, and we look for God to be our refuge.
He is our safe place, he is our refuge so we need to talk to Him, we need to pour out hearts out to Him.
Today, we are going to have the opportunity to pour out our hearts to God.
To really get in there and give it to Him.
Now, you don’t need to worry.
You can be honest with God.
He can take it.
He knows what you are thinking anyway so you might as well acknowledge it and bring it before Him.
He can take it.
Actually, He desires it since this is how you actually get close to Him; by being honest and upfront.
It is intimacy with God.
So we are going to practice pouring out our heart to God and I want you to keep a couple of things in mind as we do this.
Because this can help you when it comes to pouring your heart out to God.
As you pour out your heart to God, I want to encourage you to remember God’s faithfulness in the past.
1. Remember God’s faithfulness in the past.
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Pour out your heart and remember what God has done for you in the past.
It is a great exercise and will help you as your pour out your heart to Him.
is a song written, most scholars believe it was written by David when his son Absalon rebelled and all the people were saying to David, “where is your God now?.
Why has God rejected you?
If all of this is happening to you, why wouldn’t God keep it from happening?
David is down.
Look what he writes in verse 3
My tears have been my food.
What a vivid picture of what David is dealing with here.
Have you ever been there?
Ever cry yourself to sleep?
Ever need to get out of the room because of tears?
Because of pain?
It’s a lonely place, it’s a hurting place.
David talks to God about it.
But then look what he writes in verse 4.
These things I remember.
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