Extravagant Worship is our Natural Response to God’s Extravagant Love
The Bible reveals God’s love for mankind is so immense that we can barely begin to comprehend how high and wide, how long and deep it really is.
- Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’
- 1 John 3:1, ‘See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are!’
- Eph. 3 :17b-19, ‘… And I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
- Psalm 50:23, “He who sacrifices thank offerings honours me, and he/she prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.’ KEY
The Bible also show that even nature responds to its creator. In fact, all of creation praises God!
- When Jesus rode the donkey through the streets, the crowd of disciples began to joyfully praise God in loud voices. Some Pharisees in the crowd told Jesus to rebuke his disciples. Jesus replied in Luke 19:40 – “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’
- 55:12, ‘You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills will burst will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the fields will clap their hands.’
- Psalm 98:8, ‘Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the mountains sing together for joy.’
- 47:1-2, “Clap your hands all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. How awesome is the Lord Most High.
- 5-7, God has ascended amidst shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets. Sing praises to God sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.’
- 95:1-2, ‘Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our Salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great king above all gods.’
- 100:1-2, 4, ‘Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs’. V.4, ‘Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.’
- 103:1,’Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.’
- John 4:23, ‘Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks.’
- 5:19-20, ‘Speak to one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.’
- Philippians 4:4, ‘Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!’
Apparently, there’s a lot of shouting, worshiping & bowing down before God in heaven:
- 5:11-13, ‘Then I looked and I heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise.” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!”’
- 7:11, ‘All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshipped God.’
- 11:16, “And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on the faces and worshipped God.’
- 19:1 & 6, ‘Then I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven, shouting: Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God…’ v.6, ‘Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting, “Hallelujah! For the Lord God Almighty reigns.”’
- 149:1-5, “Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; Let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp. For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. Let the saints rejoice in this honour and sing for joy on their beds.’
- 150:1-6, Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him you mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambouring and dancing, praise him with strings and flute, praise him with the clap of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.’
I believe that we, like the angels and the ancient Israelites, need to be demonstrative and extravagant in our worship of God.
- We need to shake off the social restraints that have caused us to hold back. We have so much to be thankful for and to rejoice in. I want to go back to the old Pentecostal worship of 30 years ago, where we danced and we praise and we clapped and shouted praises to God.
- I want to be like David when he danced before the Ark of the Lord so much so that he forgot about everything else. 2 Sam. 6:14-15 “David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.’ V. 16 Michal saw David leaping and dancing before the Lord.
- I want to be like Miriam, who at 80 years of age, after they crossed the red Sea, took up a tambouring and danced for joy before the Lord. Ex. 15:20, ‘Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambouring in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing. Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.”’